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Paul Mescal in Normal People

Paul Mescal in Normal People

Paul Mescal in Normal People

Normal People star Paul Mescal has revealed he would be terrified of messing up the role of Connell if a second series was made.

The Kildare actor said 2020 had been "an incredibly amazing year" for him but he would be wary of making a follow-up to the hugely successful show.

"The selfish actor part of my brain knows how challenging, and how fun, it is to play a character like Connell," he said.

"There's also the part of me that goes like, OK, I'm really proud of that show, but I don't want to go in and do a second season too soon and f**k it up.

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"Because often that can be the case, where that perfect thing suddenly becomes less perfect.

"I would, obviously, love to play Connell again, but that decision has got to come from people who are way higher than me in terms of creative input.

"I think you've also got to let Connell and Marianne grow up a little bit, maybe five, 10, 15 years.

"If you were to go and look at these characters again, you've got to let them enter a different phase of their lives."

The 24-year-old star, who has shot to worldwide fame playing troubled Connell opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones as on-off lover Marianne, told The Hollywood Reporter that it has been a remarkable few months.

He has been stuck in his East London flat during the coronavirus lockdown, while the 12-part series has become an international sensation.

"It's had a bit of everything. Ha, how best to describe this? It's obviously had the show coming out, anticipating a show that you're intrinsically involved in. And that has its own nerves. You also have the kind of stress and pressure of being in lockdown anyway," he said.

"Then you have the pressure being locked down during a time when something big is happening in your life."