On a stopover on the way to the beach, Pascal talked to GQ about his friendship with Omar Apollo, why he wanted to work with Celine Song, missing out on a role on the HBO series Looking, and his idea of the finest life.

GQ: It feels like you’ve reached a blank-check moment in your career, where you’re free to decide what to work on and who to throw your weight behind. You’re currently working on Materialists with Celine Song; why did you decide to work with her?

PEDRO PASCAL: Past Lives is one of the best movies I’ve seen in years, number one. There’s that simple answer. I met Celine and we became fast friends before the idea of ever working together. It really came down to it being, anything that she may or may not want me to do, I’d be willing to do it as an artist and as a friend. Working with that caliber of talent is the goal ultimately, and so I’m the lucky one for sure.

Speaking of talent, it was recently announced that you’re going to be featured on the new Omar Apollo album—which I thought was so cool and interesting since the only singing I’ve known you to do is the “Purple Rain” cover you did on the Wonder Woman 1984 promo tour.

Oh, my god. I didn’t dare sing, there’s no way I did sing.

You did.

No way.

You did!

Give me the receipts. [Laughs]

Okay, I’ll send it over. Can you tell us anything about the feature on the Omar album? Are you singing, rapping, speaking?

Omar is a really good… It’s his birthday today!

Oh, I didn’t know that. Amazing.

Send him a shout out. Omar is a very good friend of mine. I love his music. He’s also like me, someone who grew up bilingual. He loves Corona, I’ve had Corona with him. [Laughs] And so I love being a friend in each other’s journeys, and uplifting whatever I can creatively, supporting whatever creative experience that he’s having as a friend, as an artist, as a Latino, as a Spanish speaker. It just means a lot to me. But anything else about his album before it comes out, you’re going to have to ask him.

Okay, fair. What’s your favorite Omar song?

It’s on the new album, actually.

Ooh, okay. We’re going to have to wait… On the subject of alcohol and Corona: The night of your Screen Actors Guild win [for male actor in a drama series, for The Last of Us], you said during your speech that you were “a little drunk.” What were you drinking?

I was having a little tequila and chasing it with a Corona. [Laughs] Yeah, it was definitely … Oh, my gosh, that’s so funny. Omar just texted me.

We summoned him.

Yeah, he’s a witch, he can hear us… A good witch! [Laughs] Yeah, I had some tequila—which goes really well with a Corona chaser. And I wasn’t that drunk! [Laughs]

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