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11th Nov 2022

Paul Mescal details “rude” interaction with fan

Sarah McKenna Barry

The actor addressed an interaction with a fan that he found “rude” and “embarrassing”.

Normal People star Paul Mescal has revealed one of the rudest encounters he has ever had with a fan.

The Kildare actor got his big break in the show, which is an adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name.

Paul himself is known to keep a quite low profile – he’s off social media for instance – but that doesn’t mean that his fans always respect him, as a recent anecdote proved.

While being profiled by GQ, Paul addressed an interaction with a fan that he found “rude” and “embarrassing”.

He told the magazine about an incident in which a woman came up to him and said: “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.'”

He added: “It’s embarrassing for me, it’s embarrassing for my friends and now I have to say no to you.”

Thankfully, these instances, Paul says are anomalies.

Paul is currently promoting Charlotte Wells’ upcoming film Aftersun, in which he plays a young father accompanied by his daughter on holidays in Turkey.

Last week, Twitter was sent into a tailspin following reports that Paul and his long-term girlfriend Phoebe Bridgers are engaged.

The pair have been dating for some time, having interacted at first on Twitter in May 2020. After finishing Normal People, Phoebe told the world that she was left feeling “sad and horny”.

Paul, who played Connell Waldron on the show, replied saying that he was “officially dead”, and they’ve been going from strength to strength since then.

After speculation that they were together mounted, Paul and Phoebe made their red carpet debut last year, and just a few months ago, it was reported that they had bought a house in west Cork.