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The New American Prince: Pedro Pascal

If we say that the arc of Pedro Pascal’s life reads like a movie, we are not sinking into Hollywood hyperbole. As a baby he and his family were forced to flee Pinochet’s Chile, and as political refugees they were given safe haven — and the chance of a second act — by the United States. Four decades later, the actor’s rugged features adorn our screens as the new face of the American Dream. What, wonders The Rake’s Editor, was his earliest memory of the new world? ‘Uncensored, uninterrupted movies in your living room,’ Pascal says. ‘It was some kind of fucking miracle.’

  • fashion directorJo Grzeszczuk
  • wordsTom Chamberlin
  • photographyAnders Overgaard
captionWhite cotton pleat-front shirt, forest-green velvet evening suit and black silk bow tie, all Ralph Lauren Purple Label; black velvet Lion Rampant slippers, Crockett & Jones; Everose gold Cellini timepiece with brown guilloche dial and brown alligator-leather strap, Rolex.

As a stickler for timing, it was a tad disconcerting for me that half an hour into an hour-long interview, Pedro Pascal was still barely a year old. The family history of this actor is a story in itself, one that Pedro intends to write one day. Happily, Pedro was very generous with his time, and, as with our photoshoot at the Carlyle Hotel in New York, and with every role he has played, he understands the difference between a hash-job and a job well done. Perhaps this is why Pedro will be on-screen pretty much non-stop for the next year and is fast building an enviable C.V.

His roles as a protagonist span enormous-budget Hollywood movies and the finer works of subscription television, namely Game of Thrones and Narcos, whose second series is currently available on Netflix. It turns out he is also the epitome of America: an immigrant who has taken his talent and ambition and made a success of himself in a country that takes people in and gives them a chance to succeed. And The Rake was given the opportunity of an in depth discussion with this star player.

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Digital Technician: Patrick Klinc

Photographer’s Assistants: Ed Herrera and Hans Olsen

Grooming: Jessica Ortiz / The Wall Group


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Tom Chamberlin

Editor of The Rake Magazine

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