While Nico Parker’s parents have no doubt helped their daughter hone her acting skills in the past, Nico Parker told Looper in an exclusive interview that working with Pedro Pascal to build their father-daughter dynamic only made sense, mostly because it sets the tone for his character’s motivation throughout the series.
“The easiest person to talk to when it came to creating that dynamic and translating it well on screen was Pedro because we both have a common goal and we are the ones who have to do it [achieve it] eventually,” Parker explained. “It is wonderful to work with him. He’s the fake dream dad, on-screen parent. It was amazing.”
Of course, Parker first had to get over being overwhelmed by Pascal, which she thought was surprisingly easy given how disarming he was the first time they met. “The first time we spoke was on Zoom and I remember that [like], ‘Oh dear God.’ Then I joined [the call]and within five minutes I was like, ‘Oh, that’s Pedro,'” Parker recalled. “He’s so good at it right away that people feel comfortable [so] this element of [being starstruck] wore out pretty quickly. But I get a starstruck all the time. I pinch myself all the time.”
Of course, Parker got a chance to get information about the upcoming season of The Mandalorian while starring alongside Pascal, and she thinks she may have been lucky because he’s so generous as an actor and as a person. “I actually didn’t do it because I think he probably would have if I really pushed for it,” Parker gushed. “But no, I didn’t try. But I feel like I should have.
The Last of Us, starring Bella Ramsey, Merle Dandridge and Anna Torv, is new to HBO and HBO Max, with new episodes arriving every Sunday through March 12.