Who is Verónica Pascal?: The sad story of the mother of Pedro Pascal, the actor of the moment | TV and show

Something that Pedro Pascal has rarely spoken about is his mother, the child psychologist Veronica Pascal.

However, a few weeks ago the actor made his debut as a guest star in the mythical North American television program, Saturday night Livemoment in which his mother’s name came to the fore.

Veronica was named after Chris Martin, who dedicated the song “Fix You” to her and Pedro. A story that has a special origin is the one she wrote for her ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, after the death of her father, Bruce Paltrow.

“When you lose something you can’t replace, when you love someone, but it’s wasted, could it be worse?” it is part of the letter that for Pascal probably has a special meaning when thinking of his mother.

Verónica passed away when Pedro was 24 years old.long before he was the famous Hollywood actor he is now, but she is the one he honors every time her name is mentioned.

The journey of Verónica, the mother of Pedro Pascal

Verónica Pascal, the mother of Pedro Pascal, was a child psychologist who lived in Santiago with her husband, the doctor José Balmaceda.

family connections of Verónica is linked to Salvador Allendesince she is the direct niece of Andrés Pascal Allende, Mirista and nephew of the president, who at the time, after the Military Coup of 1973, was helped by hiding him at home.

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This action put them in the crosshairs of the DINA, who went to look for José Balmaceda at his work at the José Joaquín Aguirre Hospital to arrest him, he managed to jump off the roof.

That is the story told by the journalist Paula Coddou, Verónica’s niece and Pedro’s cousin, in an exclusive interview she conducted with the Narcos actor for Paula magazine.

Paula says that her father called a relative with a high position in the Army to get them to leave them alone, however, the answer was “Tell the kids to take refuge, because I can’t guarantee their lives or that Verónica won’t be hurt.” nothing happens”.

At that time, Verónica, 22, and José, 27, the parents of Pedro Pascal, took refuge in the Venezuelan embassy.

That moment marked Pedro, indicating that the temporary separation from his mother was trapped in his body.

They met some time later at the Santiago airport, when they took a plane to Denmark, in that place the passports of Verónica and José were marked with the L for Limited to Circulate, they could not return to Chile, however, their children did not , so every year they returned to the country to be with their Chilean family.

At the age of 22, Verónica left Chile for a story that would mark her life and the life of her son forever.

United States, the home of the Balmaceda Pascal

The Balmaceda Pascals arrived in Denmark, but later emigrated to the United States, specifically to San Antonio, Texas, where he specialized thanks to a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Verónica Pascal obtained a PhD in Child Psychology and always supported her son, especially when they left San Antonio for Newport, California.

There Pedro Pascal did not have a good time and his mother was able to find a new school for the young man, where he would develop his ability for the theater.

My mom and my driver’s license were my salvation.. There I was able to unleash my appetite for movies and theater without limits” declared the actor.

In 1995, the Balmaceda-Pascal couple returned to Chile, with 3 of their 4 children, Javiera, Nicolás and Lux, the youngest of the family. Pedro stayed on studying theater at New York University.

From that time the actor remembers “I knew that my parents’ marriage was bad and that the tension of those circumstances was hardly going to end. My mother’s life felt in danger and the line between needing her, being there for her and finishing my studies and pursuing a career was a horrible conflict.”

He added “I knew that my mom wanted me to continue doing my thing, she would never have wanted me to sacrifice it.”

The event that marked the life of Pedro Pascal and his mother

At the time of his return to Chile, Verónica and José separated and in 2000, when Pedro Pascal was 24 years old, his mother committed suicide.

The actor declared “For me it was the hardest time. I have not been able, and I do not know if I will ever be able to, fully reconcile how my parents separated and the tragedy that followed that separation.

He added: “The circumstances of my mother’s death made it very hard for us to keep her memory as the person she was. It hurts so much… Sometimes I feel anguished and I try to deal with it in the best possible way, because I know my mother wouldn’t want me to do it any other way”.

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However, Veronica is present every day for the actor, he declares her the “love of his life” and remembers that he thinks of her every day.

In conversation with People, Pedro Pascal declared about his mother “I always felt that she knew something that I didn’t”adding “none of my successes would be real if it weren’t for her.

the constant memory

If there is something that Pedro Pascal never forgets, it is to put his mother in each of the achievements that he lives.

The night he was the host on Saturday Night Live, he honored his parents with a broken voice for how brave they were to go into exile, which allowed him to develop his career in the United States.

He also does it through his social networks, where he always remembers his mother on her birthday.

It was in February 2021 when he posted the message on his Instagram account “We are very well, we are taking care of ourselves. Not a day goes by that you are not with us and we thank you. Happy birthday, mom” accompanied by a photo of the psychologist.

Although without a doubt, the greatest honor is to bear his last name, Pascal, something that changed for his professional life after his mother passed away. Action that her sister, Lux Pascal, also took.

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