Everyone’s talking about Pedro Pascal this week—probably because of his star turn as Eddie in the 1999 season premiere of season four of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (“The Freshman”), right? As you no doubt remember, in that episode, Eddie tells Buffy that his “security blanket” is a copy of W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage, which he has read “like, ten times” and keeps by his bed. (Buffy’s security blanket is obviously Mr. Pointy.) It’s a very nice interaction and Pedro might just have joined the Scooby Gang, except that he was promptly killed and turned into a vampire. Alas.
As it turns out, Pedro Pascal is actually a big bookworm in real life, though I have no evidence that he is actually a fan of W. Somerset Maugham. Here are some the books and writers he has listed as his favorites or mentioned on social:
“I think one of the greatest reads I’ve ever experienced was Crime & Punishment by Dostoyevsky. I know that sounds highbrow, but to be completely honest it was a page turner for me. When I was a kid, I remember reading this book called Watership Down. That was one of the most grueling, it’s by Richard Adams, and I also love One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And I love Jane Eyre, I love anything by J.D. Salinger, I love reading.” (Reddit AMA)
“Don’t Look Now” by Daphne du Maurier (92Y)
James Baldwin (Instagram)
Sebastino Mauri, Disfruta del problema and La Nuova Terra (Instagram)
Toni Morrison (Instagram)
Yes, okay, we like him.