Paul Mescal Is Taking Cannes by Storm


Paul Mescal’s rise has been swift, and deservedly so. Just over two years ago, the now 26-year-old Maynooth native was a recent graduate of Trinity College Dublin’s The Lir Academy and relatively unknown, barring his appearance in a number of notable theatrical productions. Then came Normal People, the devastatingly sexy (and just plain devastating) BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s beloved bestseller of the same name, which made him and his radiant costar, Daisy Edgar-Jones, household names. He gained a dedicated, borderline hysterical fan base; inspired an Instagram account that honed in on his character Connell’s silver chain; secured an Emmy nomination; won a BAFTA TV award; and followed it up with an impressive feature debut, a crucial supporting part in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter alongside Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson. But now, he’s about to enter the next stage of his career—and it begins at Cannes.

The actor is at the 75th edition of the prestigious festival to premiere two sweeping dramas in which he has complex leading roles. The first is Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer’s God’s Creatures, a gripping thriller set on the Irish coast following a mysterious man (Mescal) who is accused of a terrible crime that his devoted mother (industry veteran Emily Watson) can’t possibly imagine him committing. The second is Charlotte Wells’s delicate, touching Aftersun, in which he’s cast as a divorcé on a summer holiday in Turkey with his young daughter (extraordinary newcomer Francesca Corio). Both films have been met with rave reviews, particularly for Mescal’s measured, nuanced performances. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also just been announced as Cartier’s latest brand ambassador, and wore the historic maison’s watches and jewelry as he strolled down the Croisette.

Here, we catch up with Mescal to discuss his temptation to flee during a Cannes standing ovation, what he thinks of Conversations With Friends, and the reason he’ll be keeping his new mustache.

Vogue: So, you’re at Cannes right now. What’s it been like so far?

Paul Mescal: Yeah, it’s my first time at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s a pretty full-on experience. It’s something I’ve watched from afar for so long, so to be thrust into the middle of it is a lot. At the moment, it feels like the city is moving at such a rapid pace, and to see all of this culture happening all around you—it’s really, really exciting.



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