Normal People’s Paul Mescal opens up on ‘chemistry’ with co-star: ‘It can be detrimental’

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Normal People follows the lives of two opposites, Marianne and Connell, who are drawn together and fall in love. There are quite a few racy scenes in the drama but Paul Mescal who plays Connell has now opened up about his chemistry with Daisy, revealing that if the connection isn’t there when working with someone new then it’s detrimental to the final product.

Normal People is a love story, based on Sally Rooney’s hit novel, in which Marianne and Connell are drawn together while at school.

Throughout the show, the pair face a number of challenges that pull them apart but they ultimately come back together. 

By the end of the first season, it seemed the pair were in it for the long run.

But fans were heartbroken when Marianne told Connell he should take the opportunity to attend a writing course in New York saying she wouldn’t be going with him.


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Some fans were left frustrated by the end of the first season after watching them toing and froing back and forth from one another. 

Playing these roles meant Daisy and Paul had to get intimate after knowing each other for just a couple of weeks, but Paul has now opened up about what really happened in those two weeks. 

Paul recently told Backstage Live: “There was an understanding that me and Daisy would fundamentally get on. It can be detrimental to force chemistry onto people.

“We didn’t spend a huge amount of time together. The production weren’t like, you go off and get to know each other.” 

“If you let things sit and trust these people understand the characters, and ultimately trust that we are people who respect each other and over time we’ll be friends.”

Paul also explained the international recognition he gained took a while to adapt to. 

It’s fair to say that some Normal People fans held Paul up as a sort of drama god, with a huge number of fan sites and Instagram accounts set up in honour of the young man. 

He explained: “It’s not something that you learn in drama school, I have amazing friends both in the acting community and outside of it and a family that keeps me grounded.”

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Paul also spoke to Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 last month, and the host wanted to know what the actor really thought of the nude scenes. 

Paul explained: “Each to their own I suppose! No, it is weird. It wouldn’t be my cup of tea, let’s just say that.

“But I think I’m good at disassociating myself from Connell and it does make watching it a little less painful.

“The nudity in the show has become normal to me.”


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All fans really want to know now is when and if the BBC drama will be returning for a second season. 

However, it will be back sooner than viewers might have thought, but there is a twist. 

Two new instalments airing tonight will jump 40 years into the future to explore what happened to the characters.

Season two will air tonight on Ireland’s RTÉ for Comic Relief with British viewers will be able to watch it from 8pm. 

Normal People can be streamed on BBC iPlayer. 

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