Pedro Pascal Explains Why His Stage Name Was Changed

In an interview with Esquire, the 48-year-old said that

he chose to use his mother's maiden

she died by suicide in 2000 when he was just 24 years old.

Actress Sarah Paulson, a close friend of Pascal's

 about his struggles to find work after moving back to New York after his mother passed away.

There were times when I would give him 

 my per diem from a job I was working

He's talked about this publicly.