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Pedro Pascal Had $7 In His Bank Account Until ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Saved Him

It wasn’t easy to break through in Hollywood for the 48-year-old actor.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight after his SAG Award win for Best Male Actor in a Drama Series, Pedro Pascal delved into his difficult start in the acting world.

One of his earliest roles was on the season four premiere of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ in 1999, where he played a college student who turns into a vampire. Surprisingly, the earnings from this role played a big role in keeping Pascal financially afloat during his early days.

Reflecting on those times, the actor said:

“My entry level lasted about 15 years. We’re talking about being able to see a doctor, getting sick, having surgery, paying my rent. I had less than $7 in my bank account and a residual from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ showed up and saved the day and literally is the reason I was able to stay in [Hollywood] and not give up.”

He Recalls Every Detail From The Show

Now, Pascal is doing well for himself, with starring roles in popular shows like ‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Last of Us,’ and big movie projects like ‘Gladiator 2’ and ‘The Fantastic Four’ on the horizon.

Even with his current success, Pascal fondly remembers his time on the set of ‘Buffy’:

“I remember [Sarah Michelle Gellar] had ice cream in her trailer, and she gave me some. She went back to her trailer, she got me some ice cream and she shared — ’cause it was a night shoot, it was in the middle of the night, and we were on the UCLA campus. They hadn’t built their college sets yet.”

He adds:

“I was doing a play in Long Beach, and I had to miss opening night because we had to shoot this very, very short moment. I remember everything. I could go on, and on and on. I could give you step by step, every detail. I had to have lunch in the vamp mask, and vamp face… And she was incredibly kind. She taught me how to use a sandbag to hit my mark. She was the best.”

The Actor’s Next On-Screen Appearance Will Be As A Superhero

Pedro Pascal is set to star as Reed Richards in ‘The Fantastic Four’ reboot, alongside Vanessa Kirby, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Joseph Quinn. Directed by Matt Shakman, the film is expected to hit theaters on July 25, 2025.

Shakman has hinted that the movie will take a fresh approach, different from previous adaptations and other Marvel films. He told Collider:

“It’s different in so many ways. I wish I could be specific. I wish I could say more. But we are doing things very differently from a story standpoint, from an approach to the filmmaking standpoint, that really fits the material. I wish I could say more. I would love to, but I can’t. But I think it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve seen before, and certainly unlike anything at Marvel that you’ve seen before.”

Rumors suggest that the movie could introduce Galactus and a variant of Kang, Rama-Tut, as the new antagonists for the Marvel team.

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