Paul Mescal opens up on how he feels about the ‘toxic’ side of fame

We all know how Paul Mescal rose to fame after he starred in the tv adaption of Sally Rooney’s Normal People back in May, which seems like a lifetime ago. Now, Paul has opened up about his feelings on fame, and how it can be quite ‘toxic’.

Speaking to GQ, Paul explained how he feels about being in the public eye. When asked about what it’s like being followed by paparazzi, the Kildare native replied, “I just find the whole thing a little bit toxic.”

He then revealed that he can be bothered by the objectification of his Normal People character Connell, and himself.

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“Honest answer? Yes. It’s not something that I try to lean into. But I put it down to the audience’s associations with Connell rather than with me,” he said.

“To be thrust into the spotlight in a time when everyone’s living in these really stressful environments of f***ing COVID and trying to survive… It’s just been the most adrenaline-fueled, stressful, exciting time of my life,” he added.

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