He stars in the BBC’s new teen sex drama Normal People – but actor Paul Mescal admitted he only got the role after he caught the producers.
Although his character Connell Waldron is often seen behind the wheel of a car, he has remained silent that he could not drive when he landed the career role.
“My agent was like, ‘We don’t lose this job because you can’t drive, so I’ll tell the production that you can and, in the meantime, you leave and trust as many lessons as possible’, He told Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Actor Paul Mescal admitted to lying to BBC producers about his ability to drive
Mescal (right) stars in new BBC teen drama “New People” as Connor Waldron
Mescal character visible at the wheel, but 24-year-old had to take urgent lessons
The white lie clearly paid off – but it was not the first time that the 24-year-old was frugal with the truth.
He also admitted to cheating on his drama school teachers after challenging their ban on contact sports if an injury ruined their acting prospects.
But Mescal, who was 18 at the time, was also a talented Gaelic footballer who played for the under 21s of County Kildare. He admitted, “I was not ready to give up football.”
But misfortune strikes. “I went to catch the ball and had a forearm on my jaw,” he recalls, describing a brutal clash that left him with a fractured jaw.
Mescal was a talented Gaelic footballer for County Kildare as a youngster
“I had to rehearse on Monday with my jaw closed and I had to tell everyone at the university that I was working at Maxol [a petrol station] and that I had been attacked behind the till. My deep and dark secret was that I was playing football, ”he told the Irishman Abroad podcast.
Despite this, Mescal graduated from Lir Academy in Dublin three years ago and has already been signed by the powerful Hollywood agency CAA, whose list includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
In Normal People, he plays a working class student in an intense relationship with the well-heeled Marianne, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones.
Mescal plays alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones (right) about a tense teenage relationship
Based on Sally Rooney’s novel in 2018, the drama has been praised for its authenticity in sexuality.
But director Lenny Abrahamson said there was less nudity on set than his frequent chamber scenes would suggest.
“Although everything seems to be visible to the eye when everything is put together, the actors will wear clothes sometimes with shoulders down, and when you are [filming] the top and it’s just the torso, the bottom is completely covered. “