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The Mandalorian: Pedro Pascal talks Baby Yoda being true breakout star of the show

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Pedro Pascal graced the cover of this week’s Variety and opened up about his breakout success in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.

The 45-year-old Chilean–American actor was in a self-deprecating mode while talking about himself as the current ‘face’ of the Star Wars franchise, though he joked he was more of a ‘silhouette.’

Instead, Pascal claimed that the Child, better known as Baby Yoda, was the real star of the show.

Rising star: Pedro Pascal, 45, graced the cover of this week's Variety and opened up about his breakout success in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian

Rising star: Pedro Pascal, 45, graced the cover of this week’s Variety and opened up about his breakout success in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian

When the interviewer, Adam B. Vary, asked Pascal about becoming the most recognizable Star Wars actor while the films remain dormant, the star brushed him off.

‘I mean, come on, there isn’t a face!’ he said, laughing. ‘If you want to say, “You’re the silhouette” — which is also a team effort — then, yeah.’ 

Pascal wasn’t just being modest when he called it a team effort, as the majority of the first season featured his stuntmen Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder in the Mandalorian’s suit, while he only recorded the dialogue.

However, he was at least featured on set in the season one finale, in which he removed his helmet for the first time to expose his face. 

Instead of focusing on himself, Pascal wanted to talk about the true breakout star of the series.

‘Can we just cut the s**t and talk about the Child?’ he said.

Big success: 'Can we just cut the s**t and talk about the Child?' Pascal said, claiming Baby Yoda was the true breakout star of The Mandalorian

Big success: ‘Can we just cut the s**t and talk about the Child?’ Pascal said, claiming Baby Yoda was the true breakout star of The Mandalorian

Big fan: He first saw Baby Yoda during a storyboard meeting with series creator Jon Favreau. 'That was when I was like, "Oh, yep, that’s a winner!"'

Big fan: He first saw Baby Yoda during a storyboard meeting with series creator Jon Favreau. ‘That was when I was like, “Oh, yep, that’s a winner!”‘

Pascal used the approved Star Wars lingo, but he was referring to the character best known as Baby Yoda by its adoring fans, though the tiny creature isn’t actually the character who was introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, but merely another member of his species.

The actor said he first got a glimpse of the big-eared creature while browsing Mandalorian storyboards during a meeting with the show’s creator, Jon Favreau.

‘Literally, my eyes following left to right, up and down, and, boom, Baby Yoda close to the end of the first episode,’ he remembered. ‘That was when I was like, “Oh, yep, that’s a winner!”‘

Since the Child first appeared in the series, he has become the subject of multiple memes and inspired a bevy of new merchandise aimed at both children and adult fans of the series, which is darker and more violent than the Star Wars films.

Favreau credited Pascal for helping to give his title character an emotional connection to Baby Yoda.

‘He’s tracking the arc of that relationship,’ he explained. ‘His insight has made us rethink moments over the course of the show.’

Low-key style: Pascal's cover story included multiple photos of the actor showing off his rugged good looks in casual attire

Low-key style: Pascal’s cover story included multiple photos of the actor showing off his rugged good looks in casual attire

Casual: He looked straight out of the 1980s in one picture in which he wore a black and blue Hawaiian-style T-shirt under a black cashmere overcoat and with baggy black jeans and white trainers

Casual: He looked straight out of the 1980s in one picture in which he wore a black and blue Hawaiian-style T-shirt under a black cashmere overcoat and with baggy black jeans and white trainers

Bundled up: Another photo featured the Narcos star in an olive and gray tie-dye overcoat with weathered jeans and black rain boots

Bundled up: Another photo featured the Narcos star in an olive and gray tie-dye overcoat with weathered jeans and black rain boots

Pascal’s cover story included multiple photos of the actor showing off his rugged good looks in casual attire.

He looked straight out of the 1980s in one picture in which he wore a black and blue Hawaiian-style T-shirt under a black cashmere overcoat and with baggy black jeans and white trainers.

Another photo featured the Narcos star in an olive and gray tie-dye overcoat with weathered jeans and black rain boots.

The actor inject some color to the photoset in a snap in which he wore a green button-up shirt and matching trousers with a tan corduroy coat.

He looked cool and collected in a casual purple jacket with fleece lining while sitting cross-legged.

Lounging: The actor inject some color to the photoset in a snap in which he wore a green button-up shirt and matching trousers with a tan corduroy coat

Lounging: The actor inject some color to the photoset in a snap in which he wore a green button-up shirt and matching trousers with a tan corduroy coat

Colorful display: He looked cool and collected in a casual purple jacket with fleece lining while sitting cross-legged

Colorful display: He looked cool and collected in a casual purple jacket with fleece lining while sitting cross-legged

The interview also delved into Pedro’s tumultuous childhood, when his family escaped Pinochet’s Chilean dictatorship and traveled to Venezuela and Denmark, before settling in San Antonio, Texas.

It was in Texas that he first dreamed of being an actor, especially after seeing Henry Thomas and Christian Bale in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. and Empire Of The Sun, respectively.

After fifth grade, he moved to Orange County, California, where his father worked as a physician.

Though he suffered two ‘really rough years’ of bullying, his new proximity to Los Angeles opened up acting opportunities.

Dark: Pascal stars as the title character on the Star Wars series The Mandalorian as a masked bounty hunter. Season two premieres October 30 on Disney+

Dark: Pascal stars as the title character on the Star Wars series The Mandalorian as a masked bounty hunter. Season two premieres October 30 on Disney+

Rare glimpse: He rarely acts in the suit and his character is supposed to never reveal his face, but Pedro took the helmet off in the first season finale

Rare glimpse: He rarely acts in the suit and his character is supposed to never reveal his face, but Pedro took the helmet off in the first season finale

Pascal’s next big role will be as Max Lord in Patty Jenkins’ upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently slated for a Christmas release.

The actor described his surprise at getting a call offering him the part and a chance to discuss it with Jenkins, instead of him trying to secure an audition.

‘It was a f**king offer,’ he gushed. ‘I wasn’t really grasping that Patty wanted to talk to me about a part that I was going to play, not a part that I needed to get. I wasn’t able to totally accept that.’

Pascal was on her radar after having filmed a pilot with her shortly before he appeared on Game Of Thrones.

‘I got to work with Patty for three days or something and then thought I’d never see her again,’ he said. ‘I didn’t even know she remembered me from that.’

But Jenkins definitely did remember his time on her set.

‘I didn’t need him to prove anything for me. I just loved the idea of him, and I thought he would be kind of unexpected, because he doesn’t scream “villain.”‘

Pascal can next be seen in season two of The Mandalorian on Disney+ starting on October 30.

Coming soon: Pascal's next big role will be as Max Lord in Patty Jenkins' upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently slated for a Christmas release

Coming soon: Pascal’s next big role will be as Max Lord in Patty Jenkins’ upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently slated for a Christmas release

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Vanderpump Rules: Scheana Shay pregnant 4 months after miscarriage

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Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay announced Wednesday that she is three months pregnant following the heartbreaking miscarriage she suffered in June.

The expecting 25-year-old and boyfriend of a year, F45 Training owner Brock Honey Davies, excitedly posted pictures of themselves holding an ultrasound of their unborn child due in April.

Being a mom is something that I didn’t think was necessarily going to be possible for me, which is why I froze my eggs twice last year,’ Scheana said in the new issue of People – on stands Friday.

Bun in the oven: Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay announced Wednesday that she is three months pregnant following the heartbreaking miscarriage she suffered in June

Bun in the oven: Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay announced Wednesday that she is three months pregnant following the heartbreaking miscarriage she suffered in June

Bun in the oven: Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay announced Wednesday that she is three months pregnant following the heartbreaking miscarriage she suffered in June

‘I didn’t know that I would be able to get pregnant on my own so I’m just so excited that we were able to do this naturally and that everything looks good. I’m so excited to have a healthy baby and hug my baby and just be a mom.’

Shay (born Jancan) ‘bawled her eyes out’ upon discovering they got pregnant so quickly after waiting only ‘one period and ovulation cycle.’

‘After a miscarriage, I was definitely even more aware of my body, but just so much more cautious and scared…I was just too afraid to lift up a 5lb weight. I was like, “But what if that makes me have a miscarriage?”‘ the Clearblue brand ambassador explained.

‘It was every little thing, which I’m sure was driving Brock crazy because he’s like, “You’re fine!” But I was just like, “I need to make sure, I need to make sure” — and now we’ve made sure! Everything is good.’

The expecting 25-year-old and boyfriend of a year, F45 Training owner Brock Honey Davies, excitedly posted pictures of themselves holding an ultrasound of their unborn child due in April

The expecting 25-year-old and boyfriend of a year, F45 Training owner Brock Honey Davies, excitedly posted pictures of themselves holding an ultrasound of their unborn child due in April

'It's all happening April 2021! We are expecting our rainbow baby!'

'It's all happening April 2021! We are expecting our rainbow baby!'

‘It’s all happening!’ The expecting 25-year-old and boyfriend of a year, F45 Training owner Brock Honey Davies, excitedly posted pictures of themselves holding an ultrasound of their unborn child due in April

Scheana said in the new issue of People: 'I didn't know that I would be able to get pregnant on my own so I'm just so excited that we were able to do this naturally and that everything looks good. I'm so excited to have a healthy baby and hug my baby and just be a mom'

Scheana said in the new issue of People: 'I didn't know that I would be able to get pregnant on my own so I'm just so excited that we were able to do this naturally and that everything looks good. I'm so excited to have a healthy baby and hug my baby and just be a mom'

Scheana said in the new issue of People: ‘I didn’t know that I would be able to get pregnant on my own so I’m just so excited that we were able to do this naturally and that everything looks good. I’m so excited to have a healthy baby and hug my baby and just be a mom’

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Kiwi - a former rugby player - gushed that if he 'knows what love is, it's because of' the SoCal native

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Kiwi - a former rugby player - gushed that if he 'knows what love is, it's because of' the SoCal native

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Kiwi - a former rugby player - gushed that if he 'knows what love is, it's because of' the SoCal native

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Kiwi - a former rugby player - gushed that if he 'knows what love is, it's because of' the SoCal native

Parents-to-be: Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Kiwi – a former rugby player – gushed that if he ‘knows what love is, it’s because of’ Shay (pictured Tuesday night)

This time, Scheana made sure closely monitor the progesterone levels in her blood work and ‘took supplemental doses of the hormone for a few weeks.’

‘Once I got to 10 weeks, I went in for my appointment and [the doctor was] like, “You can stop the progesterone now,”‘ Shay recalled.

‘And I was like, “But I’m not in my second trimester yet,” and he’s like, “Well, I just did an ultrasound; the placenta is giving the baby nutrients now. Your progesterone is being provided through there.” 

‘And I was just like, “But are you sure?” I was questioning my doctor because I’m just so paranoid and he’s like, “You’re fine, stop taking it, relax, start working out again.”‘ 

'OMG!' Among the well wishers on her post were Ta'Rhonda Jones, Nema Vand, Mikalah Gordon, Olivia Caridi, Lisa Ramos, Hannah Ferrier, Paige Desorbo, and Savannah Faith Chrisley

'OMG!' Among the well wishers on her post were Ta'Rhonda Jones, Nema Vand, Mikalah Gordon, Olivia Caridi, Lisa Ramos, Hannah Ferrier, Paige Desorbo, and Savannah Faith Chrisley

‘OMG!’ Among the well wishers on her post were Ta’Rhonda Jones, Nema Vand, Mikalah Gordon, Olivia Caridi, Lisa Ramos, Hannah Ferrier, Paige Desorbo, and Savannah Faith Chrisley

Mamas: Vanderpump Rules is shaping to become a very different show what with three of Scheana's castmates (from L-R) - Lala Kent, Brittany Cartwright, and Stassi Schroeder - also expecting their first children (pictured September 27)

Mamas: Vanderpump Rules is shaping to become a very different show what with three of Scheana's castmates (from L-R) - Lala Kent, Brittany Cartwright, and Stassi Schroeder - also expecting their first children (pictured September 27)

Mamas: Vanderpump Rules is shaping to become a very different show what with three of Scheana’s castmates (from L-R) – Lala Kent, Brittany Cartwright, and Stassi Schroeder – also expecting their first children (pictured September 27) 

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Kiwi – a former rugby player – gushed that if he ‘knows what love is, it’s because of’ the SoCal native.

‘We did a thing honey,’ Brock commented on her post. ‘I’m so happy I have you to balance me out, I love you honey. Congratulations to us.’

Among the well wishers on her post were Ta’Rhonda Jones, Nema Vand, Mikalah Gordon, Olivia Caridi, Lisa Ramos, Hannah Ferrier, Paige Desorbo, and Savannah Faith Chrisley.

Vanderpump Rules is shaping to become a very different show what with three of Scheana’s castmates – Lala Kent, Brittany Cartwright, and Stassi Schroeder – also expecting their first children. 

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Adele’s romance with ‘love interest’ Skepta is ‘heating up’

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They were spotted having a wild night out in east London last month.

And according to insiders, things are ‘heating up’ between Adele and her ‘love interest’ Skepta, who were first linked in September last year following her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki.

The Rolling In The Deep singer, 32, who recently hosted Saturday Night Live and poked fun at her love life, is reportedly having a great time with the Grime artist, 38.

Rumour has it! According to insiders, things are 'heating up' between Adele and her 'love interest' Skepta

Rumour has it! According to insiders, things are 'heating up' between Adele and her 'love interest' Skepta

Rumour has it! According to insiders, things are ‘heating up’ between Adele and her ‘love interest’ Skepta

A source told People: ‘Things have been heating up. They run in the same circles in London, and she’s having fun.’ 

MailOnline have contacted representatives for Adele and Skepta. 

During her SNL hosting stint, the star quipped that she would be signing up to appear on Love Island where she hoped to find romance following her divorce. 

However it seems Adele’s words were in jest, as she has been reportedly dating Sketpa for more than a year following the breakdown of her marriage.  

Adele split from Simon in April last year, after seven years together, and the hitmaker is believed to have filed for divorce in September 2019.

Getting close: The Rolling In The Deep singer, 32, who recently hosted Saturday Night Live and poked fun at her love life, is reportedly having a great time with the Grime artist, 38

Getting close: The Rolling In The Deep singer, 32, who recently hosted Saturday Night Live and poked fun at her love life, is reportedly having a great time with the Grime artist, 38

Getting close: The Rolling In The Deep singer, 32, who recently hosted Saturday Night Live and poked fun at her love life, is reportedly having a great time with the Grime artist, 38

Adele shares a son, Angelo, with Simon while Skepta – real name Joseph Junior Adenuga Jr – became a father in 2018.

The reports come after the pair have spoken about each other in high regards to the press and made it clear of their fondness on social media.

In 2016, Skepta said of Adele to ES Magazine: ‘Adele texts me all the time and keeps me in check. She speaks to me about how things are going.’

While in the same year, the Someone Like You hitmaker posted a picture of the Shutdown rapper, writing: ‘Tottenham Boy’ alongside a heart emoji. 

Send my love: She has been reportedly dating Sketpa for more than a year following the breakdown of her marriage

Send my love: She has been reportedly dating Sketpa for more than a year following the breakdown of her marriage

Send my love: She has been reportedly dating Sketpa for more than a year following the breakdown of her marriage

The Mercury Prize winner retweeted the snap and replied: ‘love you’ with a red rose emoji.

Discussing the moment, months later Skepta told IBTimes UK: ‘She gassed me up. One day I was just chilling and she [tweeted] a picture that said ‘Tottenham boy’ and she’s from Tottenham as well.

‘I was actually going to quit music that day, that was one of the sickest things ever. She’s like the lady of Tottenham.’ 

Affection: The Someone Like You hitmaker previously posted a picture of the Shutdown rapper, writing: 'Tottenham Boy' alongside a heart emoji

Affection: The Someone Like You hitmaker previously posted a picture of the Shutdown rapper, writing: 'Tottenham Boy' alongside a heart emoji

Affection: The Someone Like You hitmaker previously posted a picture of the Shutdown rapper, writing: ‘Tottenham Boy’ alongside a heart emoji

Parting ways: Adele split from Simon in April last year, after seven years together, and the hitmaker is believed to have filed for divorce in September 2019 (They are seen in February 2013)

Parting ways: Adele split from Simon in April last year, after seven years together, and the hitmaker is believed to have filed for divorce in September 2019 (They are seen in February 2013)

Parting ways: Adele split from Simon in April last year, after seven years together, and the hitmaker is believed to have filed for divorce in September 2019 (They are seen in February 2013)

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Janet Street-Porter, 73, presents Loose Women in a swimsuit as show pays tribute to Pamela Anderson

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Loose Women paid tribute to their special guest Pamela Anderson on Wednesday, by dressing as her Baywatch character to open the show.

Presenters Andrea McLean, Denise Welch, Janet Street-Porter, and Gloria Hunniford transformed into the actresses iconic lifeguard character C.J. Parker by wearing red swimsuits or a shirt and shorts.

The panel were in shock with the parody video – titled Grey Watch – themselves, as Andrea claimed: ‘If you’re shocked, that’s the first time we’ve seen this so we feel the same as you do!’

Parody: Loose Women paid tribute to Pamela Anderson by opening Wednesday's show dressed as her Baywatch character

Parody: Loose Women paid tribute to Pamela Anderson by opening Wednesday's show dressed as her Baywatch character

Parody: Loose Women paid tribute to Pamela Anderson by opening Wednesday’s show dressed as her Baywatch character

Janet then declared that she wanted to keep her swimsuit for the duration of the episode, as she stood up to reveal she’d kept her red swimwear and Baywatch themed jacket on.

She told the others: ‘I kept my outfit on, I said yesterday I would be wearing a swimsuit and our editor nearly fell on the floor.’

Janet revealed that she wasn’t cold in the studio as she was also wearing a few layers of nude tights with her boots.

Ladies in red: Janet Street-Porter vowed to keep her red swimsuit on during the show

Ladies in red: Janet Street-Porter vowed to keep her red swimsuit on during the show

Iconic: Pamela became a household name on the 1989 TV series which saw her do an iconic run, and also starred in alongside hunk David Hasselhoff

Iconic: Pamela became a household name on the 1989 TV series which saw her do an iconic run, and also starred in alongside hunk David Hasselhoff

Ladies in red: Janet Street-Porter vowed to keep her red swimsuit on during the show

Amused: The panel were in shock with the parody video -titled Gray Watch- themselves, as Andrea claimed: 'If you’re shocked, that’s the first time we’ve seen this so we feel the same'

Amused: The panel were in shock with the parody video -titled Gray Watch- themselves, as Andrea claimed: 'If you’re shocked, that’s the first time we’ve seen this so we feel the same'

Amused: The panel were in shock with the parody video -titled Gray Watch- themselves, as Andrea claimed: ‘If you’re shocked, that’s the first time we’ve seen this so we feel the same’

Transformation: Andrea McLean and Gloria Hunniford opted to wear a red shirt and shorts, like Hasselhoff's character, rather than be in a red swimsuit

Transformation: Andrea McLean and Gloria Hunniford opted to wear a red shirt and shorts, like Hasselhoff's character, rather than be in a red swimsuit

Transformation: Andrea McLean and Gloria Hunniford opted to wear a red shirt and shorts, like Hasselhoff’s character, rather than be in a red swimsuit

Viewers were delighted by the amusing parody, as they took to Twitter to share their joy at seeing the panel dressed in swimsuits.

One fan wrote: ‘Go on girls!!! Absolutely LOVED this!!!!! X x x x’

While another commented on Janet’s decision to keep her swimsuit on, saying she looked ‘fabulous’ as another said she ‘is 73 and looks fantastic.’

There was one viewer who wasn’t best pleased by the parody, as they wrote: ‘Yes I’m sure Pamela will find it hilarious Denise. Get some new ideas people.’

In character: Janet told the others: 'I kept my outfit on, I said yesterday I would be wearing a swimsuit and our editor nearly fell on the floor'

In character: Janet told the others: 'I kept my outfit on, I said yesterday I would be wearing a swimsuit and our editor nearly fell on the floor'

In character: Janet told the others: ‘I kept my outfit on, I said yesterday I would be wearing a swimsuit and our editor nearly fell on the floor’

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Reaction: Viewers were delighted by the amusing parody, as they took to Twitter to share their joy at seeing the panel dressed in swimsuits

Reaction: Viewers were delighted by the amusing parody, as they took to Twitter to share their joy at seeing the panel dressed in swimsuits

Reaction: Viewers were delighted by the amusing parody, as they took to Twitter to share their joy at seeing the panel dressed in swimsuits

Pamela became a household name on the 1989 TV series which saw her do an iconic run, and also starred in alongside hunk David Hasselhoff.

After having seen the Loose Women do the parody, Janet stood up and told the model: ‘Yes, Pamela I’ve kept the swimsuit on.’

To which Pamela joked: ‘I have it upstairs I can go slip it on, I didn’t know it was the role for today.’  

In on the joke: After having seen the Loose Women do the parody, Pamela joked: 'I have it upstairs I can go slip it on, I didn't know it was the role for today'

In on the joke: After having seen the Loose Women do the parody, Pamela joked: 'I have it upstairs I can go slip it on, I didn't know it was the role for today'

In on the joke: After having seen the Loose Women do the parody, Pamela joked: ‘I have it upstairs I can go slip it on, I didn’t know it was the role for today’

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