The 24-year-old captured the hearts of many with his portrayal of the handsome but reserved Irish student Connell who falls in love with Marianne Sheridan, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones.
When asked how he has dealt with millions of viewers falling for him, Mescal told The Sun: “To be honest, it's uncomfortable. I'm not trying to be full of faux humility but it's a weird thing when people are very quickly attracted to a character you play.”
The actor continued: “And I think that's the thing I'm focusing on. I'm not Connell, I'm totally different to him. I think maybe what's sexy about Connell is he's kind of classic back-footed, aloof, smart. I'm definitely not back-footed or aloof.”
The actor explained that when people direct message him on social media, they often address him as though he were Connell which he finds “weird”.
Paul continued: “It was kind of fun at the start, ‘oh, this is mad, people think that Connell's sexy,’ and then a weird thing has kind of crept in where, when people DM, there's this feeling that maybe there's an anticipation that I'm him.”
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