Normal People’s Paul Mescal Reveals What It’s Like To Film Those Intimate Sex Scenes

Brb, we're turning into a Paul Mescal stan account.


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If you caught the first two episodes of Normal People on RTÉ earlier this week, then I’m sure you’re also shouting praise for Sally Rooney’s screen adaptation, while fawning over the lead actors Paul Mescal (Connell) and Daisy Edgar-Jones (Marianne).

Giving the most realistic take on noughties Ireland, sitting the Leaving Cert, worrying about the future and navigating love, Normal People ticks all those boxes and the praise it’s receiving so far is through the roof.

In particular, fans are loving the show’s sex scenes. Showing sex in all its awkwardness, with no Hollywood smoke and mirrors, Normal People highlights everything from the fumbling removal of clothes to the importance of consent and the difficult of manoeuvring two bodies in a single bed.

At his first “go at it” besides his role as Mr Ballyhaunis in that Denny’s ad, Paul explained what it was like to film all those intimate scenes during his series debut.

“[There was a] sense of security and safety that the nudity required on the show wasn’t going to be used perversely or feel pornographic.”

“It was always Lenny’s intention for it to be honest and truthful. When you trust people of Lenny and Hettie’s calibre, you trust what they want to do with the film.”

Continuing, Paul added that an intimacy coordinator worked with them throughout filming, helping them to feel comfortable and confident at all times.

“We felt incredibly empowered throughout to discuss things that might make us feel uncomfortable if we were to see it back on screens.”

Since the show has landed on RTÉ, fans have been singing the show’s praises with many UK viewers already finished the 12 part series after binging it on the BBC player.

Is it possible to be too obsessed? Because we think we are. Normal People returns to RTÉ next Tuesday night at 10:15pm.


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