Los Angeles: He received a surprise nod at the 2020 Emmy Awards for his role as Connell. Paul Mescal has shared his disappointment that Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones was snubbed from nominations.
The Irish actor who has been shortlisted in the Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie category, soared to fame during lockdown for the Sally Rooney novel adapted TV show.
Talking about his nomination and co-star Daisy’s, snub, Paul told Just Jared: ‘It’s disappointing because I would love to have shared that with her.’ Paul also revealed that the first person he wanted to tell about his exciting Emmy nomination was his mother but he couldn’t get in touch. He added: ‘I was trying to voice call everybody on a WhatsApp group, but nobody was picking up.
‘I think they were all kind of scared. When I got everybody on the call, it was pretty amazing. My brother who never cries was crying.’ After Paul was initially nominated in July, he thanked co-star Daisy, who played fellow lead Marianne, and championed her ‘extraordinary talent’ for the show’s success.
Sharing a picture of his character Connell crying, the Irish star wrote: ‘My actual face right now! Thank you to absolutely everyone at @ElementPictures, @Hulu and @BBCThree!’@lennyabrahamson I will never be able to thank you enough! @DaisyEdgarJones this only exists because of you and your extraordinary talent it’s as simple as that! Thank you all x’
The actor has been shortlisted in the Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie category, and will go up against the likes of Jeremy Irons and Hugh Jackman for the top prize.
As well as Jeremy and Hugh, who have been shortlisted for Watchmen and Bad Education respectively, Paul is also nominated alongside Jeremy Pope and Mark Ruffalo – who have been shortlisted for their performances in Hollywood and I Know This Must Is True.
Normal People has received a total of four nods, including Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie Or Special.
Yet despite being snubbed, Daisy posted her own tribute to Paul after his surprise nomination.