Pedro Pascal ‘SNL’ Monologue Recap: ‘Last of Us’, ‘Mandalorian’ Jokes

In his first monologue as a Saturday Night Live host, the actor reflected on his meteoric rise to TV stardom.

Pedro Pascal made his Saturday Night Live presenting debut last night, traveling to Studio 8H for the first time to promote his role in The Last of Us. In his opening monologue, he looked back on the grueling filming he endured to bring the video game adaptation to life – and wondered why he couldn’t have landed an easier gig like The White Lotus.

“Some HBO shows are set in a five-star Italian resort surrounded by beautiful people,” Pascal said. “But I said no, that’s too easy. I want to shoot in a freezing Canadian forest while being chased around by a guy whose head looks like a genital wart.”

The Last of Us has become a true cultural phenomenon, but Pascal has never been an unknown on high-profile TV shows. The actor has been involved with some of TV’s biggest brands but he’s still getting used to being recognized everywhere he goes.

“It’s an honor to be a part of these huge franchises like Game of Thrones and Star Wars, but I’m still getting used to people recognizing me,” he said. “The other day a guy pulled me up in the street and said, ‘My son loves The Mandalorian.’ And the next thing I know, I’m FaceTiming this six-year-old who has no idea who I am, because my character wears a mask for the entire show.”

Pascal ended the monologue on a sentimental note, recalling his Chilean heritage and proud relatives who are happy to give his phone number to anyone who asks.

“It’s incredible to be here. As I said, I was born in Chile and nine months later my parents fled Pinochet with me and my sister to the USA. They were so brave and without them I wouldn’t be here in this beautiful country. And I certainly wouldn’t be standing here with you tonight,” he said. “So I just want to say to all my family in Chile I love you, I miss you and stop giving out my phone number.”

Watch Pascal’s “SNL” monologue below.

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