Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey are currently known as Joel and Ellie in the new live-action series adaptation of The Last of Us. But before all that, both actors played more minor yet equally important roles in another successful HBO show. Now, Pascal and Ramsey claim that working on Game of Thrones prepared them for the series based on the Naughty Dog video game.
Game of Thrones proved to be a huge hit and most of the cast has enjoyed considerable success since appearing in the show. This is especially true for Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, and Pascal has pointed out that the series helped them when it was time to work on The Last of Us.
"I feel like it made us come from a family without knowing each other already," Pascal told Entertainment Weekly. "To have two characters that the fans liked make their entrance and make their exit is parallel for the both of us and a kind of bonding thing before we even got a chance to bond. So, yes, I am grateful for that."
Ramsey agrees, stating that Game of Thrones kickstarted her career.
"I don't think that I'd be an actor if it wasn't for Game of Thrones, 'cause I never really set out to be [one], and then it sort of happened," The Worst Witch star said. "I wouldn't have it any other way. So it set me up and prepared me for The Last of Us, and all my other projects, in ways that I don't think anything else could."
In Game of Thrones, Pedro Pascal played Oberyn Martell, an unpredictable Dornish nobleman who is introduced in the fourth season. Although he only appeared in seven episodes, Oberyn immediately became a fan-favorite and his death was one of the most shocking ones (if you didn't read the books) on the show.
Bella Ramsey portrayed Lyanna Mormont, who was introduced in the sixth season. Although the character was only supposed to appear in Season 6, fans raved about Ramsey, leading to Lyanna's return in the next season.
The Last of Us Episode 2 is now streaming on HBO Max.
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