'Normal People' Star Paul Mescal Breaks Through With Emmy Nomination

Paul Mescal, one of the breakout star from Hulu’s Normal People, is a newly minted first-time Emmy nominee. 

The actor earned his first career Emmy nomination on Tuesday morning, capping off a whirlwind three months that saw his star rise from relative anonymity to glossy magazine covers.

Mescal’s co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones and the series failed to land Emmy nominations.

Since Normal People‘s April drop, Edgar-Jones, 22, and Mescal, 24, has captured the world’s attention with their stunningly raw and simplistic performances as Marianne and Connell in the 12-part limited series, breathing new life into author Sally Rooney‘s cherished literary characters.

The series depicts Marianne and Connell’s star-crossed romance, which spans several years — from their days in high school to university. As the tale progresses, the couple goes through incredible highs and the lowest of lows in their all-consuming love story.

Normal People marks Mescal’s screen debut. 

Named two of ET’s Standout Performances of the year, the pair reflected on their connection during filming and the overwhelmingly positive response to the series across the world.

“It’s so weird because I can’t dissociate my work from Daisy’s, in a weird way, and I don’t think that’s normal because I think that’s what extraordinarily good shows [do],” Mescal told ET in June. “I think there were, like, two or three days in the entire shoot that we weren’t at least doing some form of work together. And it was so weird at the end of the shoot, it was this nonverbal understanding. Before we even talked about the scenes, we knew how they were. I knew Daisy’s version of Marianne and she knew the version of my Connell and how we would play these things.”

“That’s something that I look back now and think, ‘That was totally extraordinary,'” he added. “I would be so lucky to experience something like that again in my career.”

“I think that it would’ve resonated with people anyway, but the fact that we’re in lockdown and there’s a lack of human connection that we don’t realize we have every day and suddenly that’s removed,” Edgar-Jones intimated to ET. “Maybe that’s why when you watch the show, you’re so suddenly hyper aware of, oh my gosh, your friendships and connections. That it’s maybe more potent to feel at the minute when that’s something lacking in your life.”

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC. Check out ET Live and ETonline for ongoing coverage of the awards.  

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