Pedro Pascal has hailed his sister Lux as “one of the most powerful people and personalities” he’s ever known.

In 2021, the actor voiced support for the actress and trans activist when he shared a photo of her cover for the Spanish-language magazine Ya, where she opened up about her gender identity for the first time.

Pascal wrote in his native Spanish, “Mi hermana, mi corazón, nuestra Lux,” which translates to, “My sister, my heart, our Lux.”

The Mandalorian star has discussed his admiration for Lux and the transgender community in the years since (becoming one of the industry’s most outspoken allies in the process), and continued to do so in a recent interview with Esquire.

With the current onslaught of legislation targeting trans rights in the United States – in addition to the ongoing fatal violence against the community – Pascal was questioned by the publication on “what this moment in time is like for her”.

“I wouldn’t want to speak on her behalf,” he explained, “but she is and has always been one of the most powerful people and personalities I’ve ever known. My protective side is lethal, but I need her more than she needs me.”

Pascal said he sees a lot of his mother in Lux, who is seventeen years younger than him. “She ruled the household right away,” he revealed.

“When my older sister and I would visit, we were like intruders. Our mother was her mother, but for us to think that we were entitled to this woman’s attention in any way was absurd.”

In her feature with Ya, Lux said her transition has been “natural” for everyone in the family because it’s “almost something that they expected to happen.”

She praised her brother for his continuous support, saying Pascal has “been an important part of this. He’s also an artist and has served as a guide for me. He was one of the first people to gift me the tools that started shaping my identity.”

When Lux came out as transgender to the actor over FaceTime, she said he “asked me how I felt, because I remember he was a little worried,” but he congratulated her once she told him that she was happy.

“Perfect, this is incredible,” Lux recalled Pascal telling her.

Earlier this year, Pascal starred in HBO’s The Last of Us, which takes place 20 years after a mass fungal infection sparks a global pandemic.

The post-apocalyptic drama, which has been renewed for a second season, received universal critical acclaim for the chemistry between Pascal and his co-star Bella Ramsey, as well as its LGBTQ+ characters and narratives.

The third episode – titled Long Long Time – was particularly lauded; shifting focus from Joel and Ellie to chronicle the love story between paranoid survivalist Bill (Nick Offerman) and his partner Frank (Murray Bartlett). It has since been praised as one of the best episodes of television ever broadcast.

Alongside Ethan Hawke, Pascal is set to play a queer gunslinger in the upcoming short Western film Strange Way of Life, which director Pedro Almodóvar described as his “answer to Brokeback Mountain”.

Manu Rios, who rose to fame as Patrick on Netflix’s teen drama Élite, will also star. Additional cast members include José Condessa, Jason Fernández, Sara Sálama, Erenice Lohan, Pedro Casablan and George Steane.

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