Pedro Pascal Messed His Lines Up So Much, He Now Sticks To This Insane Method

Pedro Pascal Messed His Lines Up So Much, He Now Sticks To This Insane Method
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Whatever works!


  • Pedro Pascal is an American actor best known for his roles in the television series Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian, and The Last of Us.
  • The actor struggled with remembering his lines, so he came up with a unique way to learn them.
  • The method is based on learning the first letters of words in columns.

Being an actor isn't always easy. Though once you reach a certain level of success, the job starts to pay well, not only in money, but in luxurious branded gifts, connections, and more opportunities to continue your career, there are still many drawbacks to the lifestyle.

Aside from being constantly in the public eye and the subject of endless online conversations, acting is also quite demanding, both physically and mentally. The industry is full of transformation stories of actors who have had to drastically change their appearance for a role, as well as actors who share the same struggle of learning their lines.

If you don't have a photographic memory and want to pursue a career in front of the camera or on stage, you may need to work on your study skills. Pedro Pascal is willing to share his for free, but it's unlikely that many people will use it.

Pedro Pascal’s Acting Secrets

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Sitting at a virtual roundtable with Billy Crudup, Matthew Macfadyen and Kieran Culkin for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Pedro Pascal was ready to share the secrets that led him to being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 2024 SAG Awards.

As it turns out, like many people, The Last of Us star struggles a lot with learning the script and preparing for filming. In order to stay on top of his lines and not mess up the day's schedule, he came up with his own unique way of remembering the exact words on the page:

“This is like a psycho first letter of every word. You see the letters, right? Basically, I’m the Unabomber. <...> You use the first letter of each in these towers or columns, I guess, and it’s this very, very tedious way of making yourself learn the line so that you’re not making choices,” Pascal explained.

Of course, there's a time and a place for improvisation on any set, but when the production is as large and difficult as The Last of Us' The Mandalorian, and involves as much physical involvement in action sequences as it does mental, it's good to have a technique to make sure you always know what to say next.

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Psychotic or not, as long as it works and allows Pedro Pascal to share his talent with fans through so many amazing projects, it's worth noting.

If you can't wait to see Pedro Pascal on the big screen again, we have good news for you. It was recently announced that the actor has been officially cast in Marvel's The Fantastic Four. Be sure to keep an eye out for any news or behind-the-scenes updates on the film.

Source: SAG-AFTRA Foundation