Normal People’s Paul Mescal brushes off sex scenes backlash after Liveline controversy: ‘It’s been a very bizarre 72 hours’

Brassic’s Joe Gilgun went from squatting to ‘living like Brad Pitt’ after landing US rolePaul Mescal has brushed off the Normal People controversy (Picture: BBC)

Normal People star Paul Mescal has brushed off the controversy surrounding the series’ sex scenes in his native Ireland.

The 24-year-old, who plays Connell in the series, was interviewed on RTE One’s Late Late Show, where he admitted it had been ‘a very bizarre 72 hours’ after the show dropped.

An adaption of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, the show follows the complicated romantic lives of students Connell (Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones). The nature of the sex scenes included in the episode drew particular ire in Ireland, where the country’s Liveline radio show hosted a debate on the topic.

Speaking on the backlash, Mescal brushed off any criticism, saying peers had thanked him for the series for ‘portraying young people in a society that they recongnise.’

‘I actually listened in [to Liveline] yesterday,’ he said. ‘and I suppose I was a bit surprised, but the last thing I want to do is sit and judge people for that, because they’re entitled to their opinion.

‘My own perspective of it is we worked hard to make it feel like it was a real, accurate and truthful represention of sex amongst young people.

‘It’s something I’m incredibly proud of and incredibly proud to see on Irish screens, personally.’

Brassic’s Joe Gilgun went from squatting to ‘living like Brad Pitt’ after landing US rolePaul plays Connell in the Sally Rooney adaption, alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones (Picture: BBC)

We’ve already weighed in on this issue – arguing that just because Normal People shows teenagers having healthy, consensual sex, it doesn’t mean it’s going to inspire them to have the sex they were probably already having anyway.

Paul’s co-star Daisy hasn’t weighed in on the controversy, but she did yesterday post a host of excellent behind-the-scenes snaps taken as the drama was being filmed.

Brb, just stalking her entire feed.

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Daisy also previously shared some insider info into the auditioning process on the show – admitting that she had to ‘snog the air.’

Which, we’re sure looked totally fine.

Anyway, don’t mind us we’re just going to binge the entire, perfect series again and cry.

Normal People is available to stream now via BBC iPlayer.

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