Normal People’s Paul Mescal reveals he has to step away from social media: ‘Sometimes it gets a bit much’

Normal People star Paul Mescal has revealed he’s been avoiding reading about himself on social media following the success of the BBC Three drama.

The Irish actor, 24, has shot to fame since appearing alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones on the hit show, which has attracted 16 million viewers to date.

Paul has now exclusively opened up to OK! magazine on how he’s been spending life in lockdown after heading to London following his newfound fame.

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“I’m in lockdown in my London apartment – I moved here just before the crisis kicked in,” the actor explained.

“I’ve bought a keyboard, so I’ve been playing on that a lot. I recently re-watched True Detective season one, which was incredibly inspiring.

“I also find great solace from watching someone like [Little Woman star] Saoirse Ronan. She delivers great work and keeps her feet on the ground.”


Paul continued: “In terms of music, you can’t go wrong with a bit of Sinead O’Connor – but I’m also listening to artists like Billie Eilish and Niall Horan.”

The TV star added that he’s always finding time to catch up with his siblings, sister Nell and brother Donnacha.

“My brother and sister are back at home [in Ireland], so we’ll have a Skype dinner and all cook the same dish,” he shared.

But when it comes to social media, Paul, who has 800,000 Instagram followers, tries to avoid reading about himself.

“I think social media is quite a positive thing, but sometimes it gets a bit much and I have to step away for a while,” he explained.

“I’m carefully avoiding the comment sections and the likes.”

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It comes after Paul gushed over his co-star Daisy, revealing how close they are off set.

“We first met at a chemistry read for the show, which is a very sterile environment, but I remember very clearly that it felt like we were talking to each other rather than acting the scene,” he explained.

“Both roles are essentially the start of our careers and we both wanted to deliver well. Now, she’s one of my best friends. If nothing ever comes out of my other work, I found Daisy. She’s an incredible human being.”

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