Normal People’s Paul Mescal discusses major scene: ‘I think that moment’s incredibly sexy’

Paul Mescal plays Connell opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones’ Marianne in the BBC’s TV version of Normal People. The television newcomer has now shared his take on a pivotal moment between their two alter egos.

The 24-year-old got candid about one particular scene, during an interview and self-isolated shoot with Mr Porter.

The actor addressed how Marianne and Connell first get intimate, with his alter ego checking in to see if she was okay and sure she wanted to have sex.

“I think that moment is incredibly sexy,” Paul commented.

He continued: “It could have appeared really sanitised, like: look at this character doing the right thing.


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“But, of course, he is doing the right thing.”

It is the first of many saucy scenes for the duo, with Paul stripping down to his birthday suit for the role.

On baring all, he stated: “I’m proud about the work, so I think that kind of eases the tension.

“There’s going to be people who don’t like it, but you just have to remind yourself – would you change anything? I don’t think I would.”

He added: “I’m not concerned about it because I made a choice that this project is something that I’m proud of, well, on paper, that makes sense.

“The closer I’m getting to people seeing me fully nude on screen – it does make me slightly nervous.”

Meanwhile, during the chat, Paul went on to discuss how he is finding coronavirus lockdown.

He moved from Ireland to London shortly before everything was shutdown due to the pandemic.

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The star was previously sharing a flat with Normal People co-star India Mullen, who plays Peggy, before she relocated.

Now he is solo. He stated: “I got a trip to Ikea in just before the lockdown, which I am grateful for.

“I still have little things left to build – things to get frustrated with.”

Paul grew up in Maynooth, County Kildare, with his parents, sister and brother.


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He graduated from The Lir Academy at Trinity College in 2017, and swiftly moved into theatre.

Normal People is his first major television role, following the role of Matt in comedy Bump last year.

It comes after Daisy Edgar-Jones’ boyfriend was revealed to be a Game Of Thrones actor.

Normal People airs Mondays on BBC One at 9pm. The series is also available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.

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