The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal Had Strong Feelings The First Time He Saw Baby Yoda

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If you think you had strong feelings when you first saw Baby Yoda, you are not alone. It turns out that The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal did too. After fans caught a glimpse of Baby Yoda, a pop culture obsession was born, and Pascal saw the phenomenon coming when he saw Baby Yoda for the first time.

Disney’s executive chairman, Bob Iger, may have been shocked by the popularity of Baby Yoda, but Pedro Pascal was not. Upon seeing his co-star from The Mandalorian, Pascal knew greatness awaited. Upon seeing the concept art, Pascal told Yahoo Movies UK of his reaction, saying:

I did. I can’t bring myself to lie and be like 'we had no idea of the sensation that he would be'. We never talked about it being a sure thing, but I unconsciously kept to myself that the very first time I saw the image in the illustration during that first meeting, I was like 'oh my God, people are going to lose their mind over that'. So basically it was no surprise.

No surprise here. Of course, I wonder if Pedro Pascal was surprised that all of that fanfare did not lead to the availability of Baby Yoda toys. Disney infamously held back to keep The Mandalorian’s big baby secret. When toys were produced, they sold out, which is a clear sign that a lot of people desperately want to get their hands on their own Baby Yoda.

As fans wait on the Baby Yoda toy front, Pedro Pascal has glowing praise for those that brought his Mandalorian co-star life. Pascal is not nervous about having a scene-stealing partner either. Like his co-star Giancarlo Esposito, Pascal seems to love Baby Yoda as much as everyone else. On witnessing the magic of Baby Yoda being brought to fruition, Pascal said:

It was incredible just to see how talented the departments are. It was just unbelievable, from the production design to the company, Legacy Effects, that created the doll and so many of the props and creatures. There’s all the history they bring to it from the other films and from their experiences on other films. You’re among the best and so you just really have to make yourself a passenger to that. To see them care for the doll and also find different ways for it to express itself and become an incredible scene partner is incredibly fascinating. It’s a pretty adorable thing.

After what Pedro Pascal revealed about the making of Baby Yoda, you have to appreciate what it took for Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara to make that breathtaking replica. One thing is for sure: all of The Mandalorian geniuses’ work has paid off in a significant way. The world loves Baby Yoda.

You can prepare to see more of Baby Yoda when The Mandalorian returns for its much-anticipated second season. There should be tons for fans to look forward to between the world’s most famous baby and the title character. Of course, there are a lot of questions surrounding the upcoming installment.

As for Pedro Pascal, he sounds enthusiastic about his expensive co-star. Remember, Baby Yoda comes with a pretty hefty price tag. He cost $5 million to make. You do not create a pop culture sensation for nothing. The Mandalorian’s investment has clearly resulted in some incredibly rewarding ways.

Just because The Mandalorian is not streaming new episodes right now does not mean Baby Yoda has left the public consciousness. Memes of the famous TV star have been helping cheer people up thanks to his cuteness. Pedro Pascal called the efforts around Baby Yoda “adorable,” and that seems to be a common theme surrounding him.

You can experience intense feelings for yourself when you see Baby Yoda streaming The Mandalorian on Disney+. As of now, the second season is still set to arrive this October, so quite a while after this spring’s premieres give you something to enjoy.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.