Pedro Pascal got an eye infection from GoT fans posing with their thumbs in his eyes

Last week The Hollywood Reporter released the video for their male actors’ roundtable, a conversation with 6 actors (Jeff Bridges, Kieran Culkin, Damson Idris, Michael Imperioli, Pedro Pascal, Evan Peters) THR believes to be leading candidates for Emmy nominations in the drama category this year. As Kaiser covered, the runaway hit of the video was Kieran and Pedro playing off each other. The camaraderie started right off the bat when moderator Lacey Rose asked the men to describe their fan encounters. Kieran opened with fans being too comfortable with touching him (in one instance he was pushing his kid in a stroller and snapped at the too-tactile fan “No touchy!”). And then Pedro upped the ante:

Pedro Pascal… sat down with fellow actors Jeff Bridges, Kieran Culkin, Damson Idris, Michael Imperioli and Evan Peters for a roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday to discuss drama acting.

The group’s conversation turned to fan encounters they’ve had with their viewers, to which Pascal seemed to top.

Pascal recalled that after “Game of Thrones” fans saw his character Oberyn Martell’s brutal death in Season 4, fans began to recreate the scene in which Martell’s eyes were gouged out during a fight to the death with Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson).

“People were super into taking selfies with their thumbs in my eyes,” Pascal shared. “And at first, I was so earnest and happy about the success of the character in the show, I’d let them.”

That all came to a halt, he said, explaining, “And then I remember getting a bit of an eye infection.”

“Succession” star Culkin responded, “Wow, that’s a lot of trust.”

Pascal went on to other popular roles, including HBO hit “The Last of Us” and Disney+ show “The Manalorian.”

[From USA Today]

So let’s get business out of the way first: people should keep their hands to themselves. If they simply must, they should at least ask the actor first. They should also assume, under any and all circumstances, that if they are permitted to touch, that does not include the eyes. Kapish? Look, I get that this particular homage was specific to the character, but come on.

But of course what really matters is how adorable Pedro is. He has the relaxed energy of someone who’s worked towards this career for a long time and is clearly enjoying the moment. And his playful energy is just infectious. By contrast, I’ve loved Evan Peters in everything I’ve seen him in, but when the moderator asked what fans say to him on the street, all he had was “can I take a picture.” You can do better than that, Evan.

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  1. smcollins says:

    Thanks for the Pedro fix this morning, best way to start the day. All I need now is to watch the Ted Lasso finale and my day is complete.

  2. JanetDR says:

    Sometimes you just have to set some boundaries! Yeesh!😖
    But not if Pedro sees me running at him! 💗

  3. LadyMTL says:

    I don’t particularly like being touched by people I don’t know, so this whole story is giving me the heebie-jeebies hahaha. I will say good for Pedro for being so kind with his fans, though a part of me wonders if it just gets to be too much sometimes?

    In any case, hooray for Pedro content! It’s a great way to start my day.

  4. SquiddusMaximus says:

    Oberyn should have won the Game of Thrones. The world would have been just, right, and happy. No lingering resentment about the finale. Trump would be in jail with all of his mafia enablers. His acolytes would see the light. The US would happily embrace European-style socialism so everyone enjoyed a pleasant standard of living at the expense of the billionaires, who would want to emulate Pedro and benefit society and therefor happily share the wealth.

  5. Abby says:

    It’s so weird to me how Pedro fans sometimes treat him like a fetish object. That was a very kind way for him to handle those intrusions. I can’t imagine letting strangers touch me like that.

    • ama1977 says:

      I want to know what these people are thinking, putting their hands on someone’s face (IN HIS EYE???) because they like his performance in a television show. WTELF, people??? He’s a person, not a prop. You’re lucky he didn’t kick you before you made contact WITH HIS EYE.

      The closest I ever came to understanding this kind of boundary violation was when I was expecting my daughter, and randos would just touch my belly periodically. It was always a shock, and never welcome. At least that was over clothing and not MY EYE. Keep your damn dirty hands to yourself, people!!

  6. Colleen says:

    I’m thinking Evan’s response relates to the Dahmer quote “I just want to take some pictures,” he seems a bit uncomfortable with attention so maybe it tripped him up. I love Pedro Pascal – that is all.

  7. swiftcreekrising says:

    Oh god – the pink eye! He’s such a good sport.

    Also: “capiche” 😉

  8. The Voice says:

    I love Pedro Pascal! Thank you for posting about him. He always makes me smile. Even at the height of his success he’s still very generous and appreciative of his fans. I noticed how he talked about fans wanting a selfie bc of the success of the character on the show. He didn’t make it about him but about his character. He’s truly deserving of all his success. I hope he’s able to navigate everything well. Please post more stories about him!

  9. Saschafrom76 says:

    “He’s got short shorts and a lonnnng jacket!” IYKYK

  10. Nic says:

    Pedro is so cute in person, and so hot as Joel.

  11. j.ferber says:

    Pedro, draw the line with your fans! Don’t let them endanger your health!

  12. AngryJayne says:

    The thought of either doing that, or being on the receiving end of it- gives me the heebie-jeebies.
    Ick nast.