Normal People star Paul Mescal said the shooting of his character Connell’s breakup was “brutal” and left him “hollering” off camera.
The 24-year-old Irish actor spoke frankly with Stylist about the portrayal of his character’s depression in the television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel.
In the drama series, Connell becomes depressed after his childhood friend committed suicide, speaking of the filming of these scenes, he said, “Filming the scene where Connell collapsed was brutal. They called cut and I was still screaming.
Emotional: Normal People star Paul Mescal said that the filming of his character’s break from Connell was “brutal” and left him “hollering” off camera (photo still on show)
“I desperately wanted Connell’s pain to feel authentic. A massive percentage of people will experience something that Connell and Marianne are experiencing with regards to their mental health. “
Paul also detailed how he had prepared for the drama, saying that he had spoken to a counselor at Trinity College Dublin who had told him that the description of the novel about depression was “like a documentary” in terms of accuracy.
“There were so many details that Sally [Rooney] was right if Connell avoided eye contact or cried and didn’t wipe her tears, “he said.
“Brutal”: in the drama, Connell becomes depressed after his childhood friend committed suicide, and Paul said: “They called cut and I was still hollering” (photo with co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones)
Paul revealed on Monday that he was auctioning off one of his character’s silver chain necklace made famous in the BBC’s charity blockbuster drama.
In his Instagram post, the moron said he wanted to raise money for Pieta mental health charity following his acclaimed depiction of depression on the show.
“In light of episodes 9 and 10 on BBC and RTÉ today and tomorrow, episodes that deal with mental health and suicide, I decided to support @ pieta.house,” Paul told his subscribers. .
Caption: Paul revealed on Monday that he was auctioning off one of his character’s silver chain necklace made famous in the BBC’s charity blockbuster drama
Labeling the Roxanne jewelry brand First, the actor continued, “I have personally seen the incredible work this charity has done to help those in need.
“I’m going to draw one of my channels by @roxannefirst and all the profits will go to pieta. Anything you can do to help you will be greatly appreciated. “
Pieta offers free therapy to those who engage in self-harm, suicidal ideation or bereaved by suicide.
Only a few hours after the launch of Paul’s auction, the total amount raised had already reached more than 11,000 euros.
Good cause: by posting on Instagram, the moron said he wanted to raise funds for Pieta mental health charity
Earlier this month, Paul admitted he was “nervous” about portraying his character Connell’s depression because of his personal experiences.
The Irish actor emotionally revealed that three people at his school committed suicide and that his “innocence was quickly snatched away” at the age of 14.
Speaking to The Independent, Paul explained, “Three people committed suicide at my school. So it’s not a fiction for me, it’s real, and I was really nervous about representing it.
Nervous: Earlier this month, Paul admitted he was “nervous” about portraying his character Connell’s depression because of his personal experiences
The actor said his mother had taken him out of school for a week because he “was not equipped to deal with this level of devastation” after the first death.
Paul explained that his “innocence was ripped off very quickly” and that “you are still a child” aged 14.
He continued, “I was not particularly close to the person, but this kind of sadness permeates an entire group of years.
“The distinct feeling I remember at the time was that I did not know how to feel sad in the way I saw other people around me being sad. I was nervous, people didn’t think I was sad enough.
Heartbreaking: The Irish actor emotionally revealed that three people at his school committed suicide and that his “innocence was quickly snatched” at the age of 14.
Paul added that he found the incident “confusing” and “trainer”.
The star also spoke of similarities between him and his character Connell.
Paul played Gaelic football when he was younger and also had an “intense” relationship in high school, where he was afraid to hold hands in the hallway.
The star even attended Trinity College Dublin like Connell, Paul read plays and admitted that he struggled with competitiveness among students, saying “everyone is trying to outdo themselves.”
Percussive drama: In the drama series, Connell seeks help for depression after the suicide of his childhood friend
Paul and his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones captured the hearts of viewers around the world for their breathtaking performances as book leaders – Connell and Marianne.
Fans called the series “perfect” and hailed the show for “capturing the atmosphere of the book”, which can often be missed in new, adapted scripts.
The drama sees Marianne as an extremely intelligent but misunderstood social outcast, while Connell is the star of school football and is widely popular among her peers.
Marianne and Connell’s bond is due to the fact that her mother works as a housekeeper in her family’s mansion, and a strange and indelible connection develops between them.
However, Connell is desperate to keep their flourishing relationship a secret due to Marianne’s lower social status in school.
Speaking to The Independent, Paul explained, “Three people committed suicide at my school. So it’s not fiction for me, it’s real, and I was really nervous to describe it “
The tables soon turned, however, when the duo continued their studies at Trinity College Dublin and Marianne was appreciated for her original ways and thoughtful ideas.
While Connell is struggling to find a connection with someone other than Marianne.
Their relationship is thwarted by delicate situations, other romances and their own personal demons.
The maturity novel takes place in the mid-2000s in Ireland and tells how they overcame it.
Similarities: The star also talked about similarities between him and his character Connell, he played Gaelic football, had an “intense” relationship in high school and even went to Trinity College in Dublin
The series was produced by Element Pictures for BBC Three in partnership with Hulu, adapted by Sally alongside writers Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe.
Filming took place in Dublin, Sligo, Sweden and Italy with Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger, Frank) and award-winning director Hettie McDonald (Howard’s End) sharing director’s duties.
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Normal People is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now, or on Stan in Australia.
Praise: Paul and his co-star Daisy captured the hearts of viewers around the world for their breathtaking performances as book leaders – Connell and Marianne