Paul Mescal admits he’s ‘terrified’ ahead of shooting his first feature film

The Irish actor landed his first film role following the success of Normal People


Paul Mescal has revealed he’s quarantining in Greece, ahead of shooting his first feature film.

After he rose to fame in Irish drama Normal People, the 24-year-old landed a role in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s film adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter.

The Maynooth native will star alongside some of his “idols” in the movie – including Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Jessie Buckley.

Speaking on a Zoom call to Screen International, Paul said: “I’m on day 12 of quarantine now, so the end is in sight in terms of getting back out to the world but no complaints in terms of having to quarantine here.”

Paul as Sean in The Deceived | Pic Virgin Media Television

“I start shooting on Friday this week on Maggie Gyllenhaal’s first feature which is called The Lost Daughter,” he continued. “That kind of kicks off on Friday, which I’m terrified about really to be honest.”

“I suppose the challenges that make me nervous and excited about acting are the same for TV and film and on stage is holding yourself to A certain standard and praying to the acting Gods.

“You obviously prepare meticulously but I think there is a part you have to give over to the day you are actually filming it and hope it all kind of goes right.

“I think it is going to one of those things if I blink I’ll miss the experience but I’m working with some of my idols so I’m trying to absorb as much of that as possible,” he added.

Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People

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