CINEMA – Remember his name, you’re not done listening. At just 26 years old, Irish actor Paul Mescal is Hollywood and the Internet’s newest sensation. as shown in the video at the top of the article. Less than three years after the series aired Normal people that made him famous, he is Nominated for Oscar 2023 for the best actor award for his role in after the sunin theaters this Wednesday, February 1.
Some are already comparing his dazzling success to that of a youngster Leonardo DiCapriowhen others see in Paul Mescal a new one Timothée Chalametbecause he also embodies this new generation of actors who are redefining masculinity on screen and on the red carpet. But if on screen, the Irishman is vulnerable, in life, he remains well behind the limelight.
Who is Paul Mescal, the rising actor whose trajectory will not stop?
He became famous in Normal people
In April 2020, in complete isolation, the world discovers Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in the series adaptation of Normal people, the best-selling novel by writer Sally Rooney. Their performances as Connell and Marianne have been praised by critics. The series is still available on France.tv until March 15.
Paul Mescal shows a sensitivity rarely seen in men on screen and plays Connell’s depression accurately. The scene where he goes to the psychologist after the suicide of one of his friends is impressive. His performance in the series earned him the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in 2021.
IN after the sun he plays a father who suffers from depression
After a supporting role in his first feature film, The Lost Girl in 2022, Paul Mescal is now on the billafter the sun, which comes out this Wednesday, February 1 in France. In this Charlotte Wells film, he plays Calum, a young divorced father who takes his eleven-year-old daughter on holiday to Turkey.
The story is told in the form of memories and is interspersed with videos filmed with a video camera by the child. The viewer ends up realizing, like his daughter, that Calum suffers from depression. Through his roles and in his interviews, Paul Mescal talks openly about mental health. The actor also left Instagram in 2021 when his fame exploded.
With his role in after the sunhe won a prestigious nomination for the 2023 Oscars in the category of best actor, together with Colin Farrell or Austin Butler.
It was picked up by Ridley Scott for his sequel Gladiator
Whether or not he wins an Oscar on March 12, Paul Mescal’s career will inevitably take a new turn: he will succeed Russell Crowe in other Gladiator by Ridley Scott. Neither the actor nor the director confirmed the news, but the specialized American press announced that he had been chosen among names such as. Timothée Chalametby Austin Butler, Miles Teller or Richard Madden,
The film, which is due to start shooting in May 2023, will be the chance to see Paul Mescal in a role completely opposite to that of Connell. He had already played a darker and more violent character God’s creature, presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
His relationship with Phoebe Bridgers was highly publicized
Since the success of Normal people, the private life of the actor is examined from all sides. In 2020, after an exchange of tweets and an interview through an Instagram live, the world saw the birth of his love affair with the American singer. Phoebe Bridgers.
He starred in his music video for the song Savior Complex and the couple formalized their relationship at the end of 2021. Finally With Gala, Paul Mescal and Phoebe Bridgers posed together on the red carpet and there was even talk of an engagement. But since the end of 2022, articles and tweets saying they are separated have multiplied.
He is also a music lover
In his spare time, the actor is also a musician: he can sing and play the piano. In July 2020 he joined Irish singer Dermot Kennedy at the Natural History Museum in London for a televised duet. His fans will soon be able to hear him sing — and even see him dance — in choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s first feature film. Carmenthe publication date of which has not yet been announced.
Meanwhile, the actor has already showcased his musical talent by accompanying his younger sister, Nell Mescal, whose singing career is taking off. Proof that in Mescal, talent runs in the veins.
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