Paul Mescal is happier since quitting ‘scary’ social media

Paul Mescal has revealed he’s been happier since deciding to quit social media.

The Normal People star had more than a million followers on Instagram when he deactivated his account on the platform last year.

The BAFTA-winning actor shot to worldwide fame with his first television role in Normal People and followed it up with his first film role in The Lost Daughter, which was nominated for a string of Oscars.

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The actor opened up about his extraordinary rise to success on Variety at the Cannes Film Festival, where his films Aftersun and God’s Creatures received critical acclaim.

He explained his decision to retire from Instagram in 2021, opting to stay off social media.

“I just think it’s a scary place sometimes,” he said.

“For the work that I want to do, I think it’s important to be a little less visible so you can fade out a bit, so they can’t basically see you in your work all the time.

“They see you on social media. I just feel happier without it. I feel a little more invisible and just less pressured around work.

In Aftersun, he plays a young father on vacation in a seaside resort in Turkey with his 11-year-old daughter.

He said he unwittingly drew inspiration from his own father when playing his role, but when asked what kind of roles he wanted to take on in the future, Mescal joked: “I have the feel like I don’t need to be a dad for a little while, being 26”.

During a conversation with Aftersun screenwriter and director Charlotte Wells at Variety Studio in Cannes, he said he would “do anything if I really like the script”.

He added: “There is nothing I want to do. But the minute I read it, I’ll know it in my head.

Mescal’s career has been on an upward trajectory since her first on-screen performance in Normal People, which became a global hit during lockdown.

Paul’s work as a love student on Normal People alongside co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones also earned him a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards.

He recently wrapped filming his latest film, Foe, in Australia opposite Saoirse Ronan in a dreamy Irish duo.

Foe, based on a novel by Iain Reid, is set slightly in the future, after severe climate change has destroyed farmland.

It centered on a farmer and his wife, played by Ronan and Mescal, who struggle on one of the last remaining farms until a mysterious stranger knocks on the door and changes things. The 26-year-old Kildare star has already shot the film. Carmen Down Under in 2021. He played the male lead in the modern reimagining of one of the world’s most famous operas.

Mescal starred alongside Vida actress Melissa Barrera, who played the lead role of Carmen.

After Carmen, he flew to Greece to join Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and fellow Irish actor Jessie Buckley on the set of The Lost Daughter.

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut generated Oscar buzz for female leads Jessie Buckley and Olivia Colman.

The Kildare star played an Irish student working as a lifeguard on an idyllic Greek beach, who gets caught up in holiday drama.

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