From ‘Aftersun’ to ‘Gladiator 2,’ See Every Paul Mescal Role So Far and What’s Next

The Oscar-nominated Irish actor first broke out with Hulu's "Normal People" series and has since taken Hollywood by storm.
Paul Mescal at the Academys 13th Governors Awards held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on November 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)
Paul Mescal
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Paul Mescal has become both an Internet boyfriend and an Oscar nominee within just four years of making his cinematic debut.

The Irish actor first appeared in one episode of the 2019 TV series “Bump” before landing the star-making limited series “Normal People” based on Sally Rooney’s novel. Mescal played high school jock turned brooding university student Connell, who at once wooed and waited on classmate Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones). While memes of Mescal-as-Connell’s chain necklace went viral at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (and Mescal landed an Emmy nomination), the actor made cameos in Rolling Stones and Phoebe Bridgers’ music videos before an explosive 2022 with three features, one landing him an Academy Award nomination.

“A lot of eyes were on [‘Normal People’] in a concentrated period of time,” Mescal told IndieWire’s Anne Thompson in 2020. “As a result, the fan response on social media, which was vast and immediate, was not something I’ve encountered before. It was exciting and terrifying, how far-reaching the show was so quickly.”

He added, “What’s important is I don’t think my taste has changed, post the show coming out. We’re looking at more focused scripts, following filmmakers I want to work with rather than say, to capitalize monetarily on the success of ‘Normal People.'”

As Mescal dodges questions about the MCU and makes his grand blockbuster debut with the upcoming Ridley Scoot “Gladiator” sequel, it’s clear he is far from a “Normal” person any longer. Plus, don’t forget a viral West End turn in “A Streetcar Named Desire” setting the stage (literally) for multiple musical adaptations up ahead.

Keep scrolling to see everything Mescal has in the works.

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