Paul Mescal shares fury after being groped by creepy and gross fan

Oscar nominee Paul Mescal has spoken of his “fury” after a fan groped him outside the theatre where he was performing.

Irish actor Paul, 27, whose film Aftersun has won him a clutch of best actor nominations this awards season, was outside Almeida Theatre in north London, where he was starring in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire, when he was asked for a photo.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who is hoping to win Best Lead Actor at the 94th Academy Awards next month, said he was instantly filled with fury as soon as the "creepy" fan laid hands on his behind.

He told ES Magazine: “As we posed for it, she put her hand on my a**. I thought it was an accident, so I like (moved away) but the hand followed.

“I remember tensing up and feeling just, like, fury. I turned to her and said, ‘What’re you doing? Take your hand off my a**’.”

He said “the last thing” he wanted to do was “call somebody out in front of the theatre – it’s uncomfortable for everyone involved – but it was really not okay. It was so gross, creepy”.

Opening up about the bad parts of being famous, Paul admitted that some of his fans have been exceptionally rude when bumping into him out in public – especially after he became a household name after his role in Normal People.

On one instance, Paul was left completely horrified after one female fan bragged about having pictures of his naked body on her phone which she had screenshotted from X-rated scenes in Normal People.

During the show, Paul and his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones partook in full-frontal nudity – an aspect of the show which stirred up controversy in Ireland.

In a new interview with British GQ, Paul discussed the awkward interaction with the fan which left him feeling 'terrible'.

The actor said he was out with friends in London, not long after the show came out, when they ran into a group of women celebrating a hen do.

The woman said to him: "I didn't think the show was any good but I saw your willy and I have a photo."

"I remember that was the first time that I was really angry. I was like, 'That's f***ing rude!' It's embarrassing for you, it's embarrassing for me, it's embarrassing for my friends and now I have to say no to you. But luckily they are the anomaly," he told the publication.

Mescal, from Maynooth in County Kildare, is this year nominated in the best actor category at the 95th Academy Awards for his role in indie coming-of-age film Aftersun.

His breakout role came when he played Connell in the BBC’s adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel, Normal People.

The part saw him described in the media as a sex symbol, with his character’s neck chain in particular eliciting much attention.

The production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, where he stars opposite Patsy Ferran, is transferring to the West End from March after a success run at the Almeida.


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