'Normal People' Star Paul Mescal Recalls Moment He Broke Down On Set While Filming
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Paul Mescal has revealed he broke down in tears on the set of Normal People while filming one scene in particular.
The actor, 24, who plays Connell Waldron in the series, revealed there was a "brutal" moment on set where he couldn't stop crying.
The emotional moment came after Paul had been filming the scene in which he sits down to chat to a therapist following the death of one of his best friends, Rob, who took his own life.
Paul has been praised for the incredibly moving scene, with viewers in complete awe over his emotional performance.
Now, speaking to Stylist, he explained even after the cameras had stopped rolling, he couldn't contain his emotions.
"Filming the scene where Connell breaks down was brutal. They called cut and I was still bawling," he said.
"I wanted desperately for Connell's pain to feel authentic. A massive percentage of people will experience something that Connell and Marianne are experiencing in regards to their mental health."
Paul explained that before filming the scene, he enlisted the help of a counsellor to make it as authentic as possible.
He actually spoke with a counsellor who worked in Trinity College, Dublin (where Connell and Marianne study in the show).
"I asked her: 'does this feel real?' She said that it's like a documentary in terms of how it was written. There were so many details that Sally [Rooney] got so right in terms of Connell avoiding eye contact or crying and not wiping away his tears," he recalled.
Earlier this week, we told you how Paul has decided to raffle off one of his iconic chains (following *that* hysteria over Connell's Chain).
The chain itself is white gold and from designer Roxanne First. All proceeds will go towards suicide prevention charity Pieta House - which helps those in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.
"I am delighted to be able to help Pieta by raffling off one of my own chains," said 24-year-old Paul.
"Pieta is a cause very close to my heart, having experienced loss due to suicide in my local town while growing up.
"Suicide and depression are themes directly linked to Normal People especially around episodes nine and 10 which is why I want to help those in similar situations."
The raffle, named Chain for Pieta, will take place next month and tickets are available until 2pm on 8th June. They cost €10 (£9) - the cost of funding one phone call to the charity.
The winner of one of Paul's iconic chains will be selected randomly at 3pm via a live stream on Pieta's Facebook page. Get buying those tickets, guys! You can do so here.
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