Paul has another reason to celebrate this year, after making the cut on a renowned publication's most influential list of people.
As you would imagine, given how global 'Normal People' went, and how the internet became obsessed with both stars of the series, there were some "intense" Paul Mescal DMs being sent to the Kildare actor. He and his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones recently chatted with Elle Magazine about the craziness of life after the BBC/Hulu series aired.
The fashion publication has released its annual "movers and shakers" list of 2020, with Paul and Daisy making the top 50 on the list. Elle gave the reason as them being "two previously unknown actors who stole the hearts of an entire nation".
Speaking to Elle Magazine, the very same publication that asked why the picture of Paul Mescal in GAA shorts was so hot, the rising Irish star admitted he felt "objectified" by all of the attention he was receiving.
The 24-year-old said: "I felt objectified after Normal People. It’s to be expected, given the intimacy of my scenes, but it doesn’t make it easier. I daren’t read some of the intense DMs I receive. But it’s not enough to put me off the industry."
He also made a sly reference to the Connell's Chain Instagram account, which currently has 187 thousand followers. He added: "The power of Connell’s chain was completely unexpected. And a bit frightening! It became this totemic being that lived outside the show."
The Paul Mescal DMs scenario will hopefully calm down in the future, but as his star continues to shine ever-brighter, he might have to get used to it. His first movie role was announced recently, with his set to appear in Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut, 'The Lost Daughter'.
Next up for Paul this month, following his appearance in new Irish drama 'The Deceived' opposite Emmet J. Scanlan, he'll be anxiously awaiting news on his Emmy nomination. Up for Best Leading Actor in a Limited Series, he's up against Hugh Jackman, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Irons, and Jeremy Pope in the category. All will be revealed on the night of September 20.