Sarah Michelle Gellar pokes fun at the internet’s enduring crush on Pedro Pascal by sharing a throwback Buffy the Vampire Slayer image.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, in jest, joins the internet’s Pedro Pascal thirst when posting an old Buffy the Vampire Slayer picture. Now in the news predominantly for HBO’s The Last of Us, Pascal once acted alongside Gellar in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Pascal, who was 24 years old and early in his career at the time, appeared in only a single episode of Buffy in 1999, playing a character named Eddie. Gellar recently unearthed a photo from Pascal’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode for a new Instagram post. Gellar posted a blurry screenshot of her and Pascal on the show. Alongside the photo, Gellar captioned it with “When #Mother met #Father.”
A Brief History of Pedro Pascal as the Internet’s Daddy
Gellar draws upon the nearly constant internet memes calling Pascal “daddy” in her post. Unlike those who write genuine thirst tweets (albeit in often melodramatic language) about Pascal, though, Gellar is clearly making a joke here, as the Buffy the Vampire Slayer photo sees an unshaven Pascal looking much more baby-faced than his current internet heartthrob state. Pascal has been known to respond to these memes with a lighthearted energy, as he is asked about the internet’s thirst on countless interviews and talk shows.
While the number of swooning Pascal fans has grown exponentially since The Last of Us commenced, this is not a new concept. Pascal has played a number of father or father figure roles, including in Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian. Those following the early development of HBO’s The Last of Us quickly made this connection when Pascal was first cast as Joel Miller. During his recent hosting stint on Saturday Night Live, Pascal even participated in a sketch that poked fun at people’s crushes on him.
If The Mandalorian and Game of Thrones did not get the internet thirsting enough, The Last of Us really cemented the raging widespread Pascal crushes. In The Last of Us, Joel is both a heartbroken father to the late Sarah and a jaded father figure to Ellie. In either situation, Joel plays a protector role, feeding into the classic “daddy” appeal. Pascal may not have been the internet’s daddy upon appearing in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Gellar is not going to let him forget how he has become so now.