Normal People's Paul Mescal reveals shock at becoming an overnight heartthrob

'It was the last thing I was expecting!' Normal People's Paul Mescal reveals shock at becoming an overnight heartthrob as he jokes he'll 'disappoint' people when they meet him in person

By Charlotte Dean For Mailonline

Published: 14:17 BST, 7 May 2020 | Updated: 14:17 BST, 7 May 2020

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He has left viewers swooning following his portrayal as Connell Waldren.

Yet it seems nobody is more surprised by Paul Mescal's newfound heartthrob status than the actor himself, who admitted it was the 'last thing he ever expected'.

The Normal People star, 24, discussed the reaction to the BBC series and his character Connell during a recent interview with Grazia magazine.

Surprise! It seems nobody is more surprised by Paul Mescal's newfound heartthrob status than the actor himself, who admitted it was the 'last thing he ever expected'

Surprise! It seems nobody is more surprised by Paul Mescal's newfound heartthrob status than the actor himself, who admitted it was the 'last thing he ever expected'

When quizzed about the attention he has received since the adaptation of Sally Rooney's bestselling novel aired last week, he said: 

'When people meet me in person they'll be disappointed, people are taking that from the character of Connell, and that's something I actually never thought he would be. 

'It was genuinely the last thing I was expecting, so I haven't formed an opinion on it yet, I suppose.'

Chat: The Normal People star, 24, discussed the reaction to the BBC series and his character Connell during a recent interview with Grazia magazine

Chat: The Normal People star, 24, discussed the reaction to the BBC series and his character Connell during a recent interview with Grazia magazine

Despite all the hype surrounding the actor on social media, Paul revealed he has been trying to stay away from it because you can lose too much time on it. 

During the candid chat, Paul also discussed the reaction people have

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