Pedro Pascal, I like your flow

Edits and fancams of celebrities take over the TikTok algorithm


Connor Youngberg

Illustration by

Casey Wiederhold, Associate Photography Editor

When I’m not being studious, I spend about half of my time on TikTok. Recently, actor Pedro Pascal is taking over my TikTok For You page. I didn’t know much about him, but I knew him from “The Mandalorian” and “Wonder Woman: 1984.” So when the algorithm started placing videos of him on my feed, I knew I would be in for a whirlwind.

Over the years, TikTok has become more than just a dancing app. It’s become a place for editors to post their content. Edits, sometimes known as fancams, are the type of content that I am more accustomed to than dances. Edits are composed primarily of video clips of celebrities in their respective films, during interviews or on the red carpet, with the clips cycling through to any type of song the editor desires.

As for watching fancams of actors, like Pascal, I have had the same situation happen with other actors such as Oscar Isaac, Elizabeth Olsen or Florence Pugh, to name a few. This revelation of Pascal fancams, though, is nothing like I have ever seen. I am not ashamed to say that when I open TikTok, Pascal is the first face to show up on my For You page. His presence graces my screen and I send the fancams off to my friends for their comments. I scroll through my feed, which is now filled with fancams, only having a video or two to separate all of the content that I see.

Recently, a very specific fancam has taken over what seems to be everyone’s For You page. It is an edit by content creator @dvcree where the beginning is Pascal in the film, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” saying, “How would you like to ride home on a real cowboy? I got a six pack of cold ones on ice and my roomie’s out all night so you can scream my name as loud as you need to sugar!” and then cuts to various clips of Pascal in the film with the song “Hey Sexy Lady” by Shaggy as the audio.

The fancam places Pascal in a very attractive setting. Content creators, such as editors, target specific audiences. In this case, the audience was aimed more at those who enjoy seeing Pascal’s films, as well as women. The target audience has been reached and Pascal is very attractive. I watch gleefully as the same three clips cycle through five similar videos, all with different songs playing.

This fancam has grown so much that even “Saturday Night Live” caught wind of it. They recently had Pascal host and did a sketch about the fancam and they had Sarah Paulson as guest for that specific sketch. The sketch explains that Pascal has edits made of him constantly and Paulson said, “He’s daddy and I’m mommy.” which is a reference to how individuals on the internet refer to the pair. Pascal has referred to himself as “daddy” multiple times throughout his career, more recently at premieres while being interviewed.

I found the sketch to be hilarious, calling out the internet in all of the right ways. Adding Paulson to the sketch was an exciting take on addressing how the world sees Pascal and Paulson. I know I was shouting when I saw Paulson step into the scene, because I already knew that she and Pascal were close friends. The sketch was accurate as to how the internet sees celebrities, making fancams of those they appreciate. I think fancams are a form of appreciation.

I myself am for the girls, but I do understand where people come from when they say that Pascal is handsome, as do other lesbians, which is perfectly valid as we are allowed to acknowledge the attractiveness of a man. I have seen multiple TikTok comments saying “I’m a lesbian but I love Pedro Pascal” or something along those lines.

As I watch these fancams on my For You page, I begin to understand the hype. Pascal even admits to watching edits of himself when he is feeling sad, as said in his lie detector interview with Vanity Fair magazine. The internet calls him a “Heartthrob,”  amongst other terms.

The “Pedro Pascal-ification” of TikTok is one that happens once or twice a month with all actors. With Pascal, the internet is going insane. This edit comes around as “The Last of Us” is airing on HBO Max. I believe that this could not be more perfectly timed. Pascal is becoming a heartthrob and the internet has spoken.