Paul Mescal was catapulted into the limelight after he took on the leading role of Connell, but not all of the attention was positive.
The Maynooth man is opening about his experience after preforming full-frontal nude scenes for the show, citing one particular experience which left him very uncomfortable.
The actor spoke to GQ, revealing after Normal People’s premiere some fans took things too far. Citing one particularly harrowing incident when a woman explained she disliked the series but had kept screenshots of his nude scenes on her phone.
Paul met the woman, who was in Ireland to celebrate a friend’s hen party, during a night out with friends. Explaining she approached him, saying: “I didn’t think the show was any good but I saw your willy and I have a photo!”
Sharing how annoyed he was with this comment Paul explained: “I remember that was the first time that I was really angry.”
“I was like, ‘That’s fucking rude!’ It’s embarrassing for you, it’s embarrassing for me, it’s embarrassing for my friends and now I have to say no to you.’”
However, he did stressed that most fans are much better behaved, saying: “But luckily they are the anomaly.”
The Normal People star is set to play a father in his upcoming film, Aftersun which will hit the cinemas later this year.
Aftersun sees Paul ditch his Kildare accent for a Scottish twang as he plays Calum, a doting father to his young daughter, Sophie.
The film is told from an adult Sophie’s perspective as she reminisces about a holiday she took with her father 20 years ago.