Paul Mescal freaked out by ghost as celebrities tell of their close encounters of the spooky kind
PAUL Mescal may have shot to overnight stardom thanks to Normal People, but there isn't a ghost of a chance of the Kildare actor staying on his own in the house his current show The Deceived was filmed in.
That's because the hunky star is terrified of the spooky old house in Belfast where the Virgin Media series was filmed.
"It feels incredibly alive and incredibly dead at the same time," he reveals. "I wouldn't be staying there by myself.
"It still has all the old servant bells in the building. Ghosts? I'm not saying anything - but there are a few in there if anywhere."
While the 24-year-old may yet have to bump into a real life spectre, there's plenty of other celebrities who claim to have experienced a brush with the supernatural.
Apparently, Lady Gaga's ghost 'Ryan' follows her on tour, a naked Matthew McConaughey has chased his ghost 'Madame Blue' around his Hollywood home with a baseball bat while the late Stephen Gately revealed he regularly saw a ghost in the flat he grew up in Dublin's north inner city.
Halloween may be just around the corner, but many famous people have some spine-tingling tales - let's have a look at a few examples in detail.
Actress Lily Collins, the star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and daughter of singer Phil Collins, allegedly had a run-in with a hotel ghost in Dublin's Shelbourne hotel.
Lily said she awoke and "felt a presence" standing beside her bed in her room. Apparently she was brave/crazy enough to open her eyes, then she heard a giggle and felt a rush of air over her body.
When Lily spoke to staff about it they told her it was the ghost of Mary Masters, a little girl who had died in the building in the 18th century and was using the sixth floor of the hotel as her playground ever since.
Cher believes she was being haunted - in a friendly way - by the ghost of her late ex-husband, Sonny Bono.
"I love ghosts," she raves. "I actually think that Sonny makes a light go on. I have a beautiful chandelier that he makes the light go on when it is impossible, there is no power on. I love ghosts, I prefer ghosts to some people."
Megan has a well-documented love of the supernatural and claimed that she had a brief encounter with ghosts while working in Mexico.
"I've heard ghosts," she claims. "I was just in Mexico at my hotel... and at 7 am - I had pre-ordered breakfast for 7:30 am - I heard them come in with the little table, I heard them pouring coffee and I thought 'Ugh, I'm not going to get up for another 30 minutes and my coffee is going to be cold. That sucks.'
"So I get up 30 minutes later, no coffee, no table, no nothing. I heard the doorbell ring, I answer the door, it's room service with my food, they bring it in. I turn around and all the bedroom lights are on and I'm like, you know what, I'm delirious, I've been travelling, drink your coffee. Brandy the nanny comes in later and she's like, 'Why did room service come in at 7 when we told them to come in at 7:30?' So you can't tell me I'm crazy because two people heard it."
Jessica claims she encountered a ghost when she was 17 and staying at her parents' home.
"I had no idea what it was," she recalls. "I felt this pressure and I couldn't get up, I couldn't scream, I couldn't talk, I couldn't do anything. Something definitely took the covers off me and I definitely couldn't get off the bed, and then, once I did, I screamed, ran to my parents' room and I don't think I spent many nights in that house ever again! There was definitely something in my parents' old house - I don't know what it was. I can't really explain it. But they got it blessed and they burned sage and stuff since then."
Ariana opened up about a strange experience she had when she visited a cemetery in Kansas. "I felt this sick, overwhelming feeling of negativity over the whole car and we smelled sulphur, which is the sign of a demon .
"I rolled down the window before we left and said, 'We apologise. We didn't mean to disrupt your peace.' Then I took a picture and there are three super distinct faces in the picture - they're faces of textbook demons," she said.
The X-Files star Gillian knows a thing or two about dealing with the fictional supernatural world, but she apparently has also had a few real-life encounters of her own.
"I've definitely felt other spirits," she maintains. "I'm quite sensitive to it. But it's not something you can really talk about with too many people, especially not me."
Emma believes her late grandfather has been making his presence known to her family by leaving around quarter coins lying around.
"My grandfather leaves quarters," she insists. "It's amazing, it's absolutely him. That's the joy of it, it's not a logical thing, it's magical."
Kate has claimed before that she and mum Goldie Hawn had encountered a ghost. She later explained what her supernatural experience was like.
"It is not really seeing [a ghost], it is feeling a spirit," she reflects. "A fifth energy. I believe in energy. I believe our brains can manifest into visual things. When you see something, you are supposed to tell the energy what year it is and that they don't belong there. Then your brain is freaking out on you, you may have to remind it."
Miley once told a story about her allegedly haunted London flat.
"It was seriously so terrifying," she complained. "One night, my little sister - it sounds crazy to tell you - but she was standing in the shower and all of a sudden, I hear her scream. I run in there and the water had somehow flipped to hot but it was still . . . It wasn't like the water had just changed, the knob had turned but she hadn't turned it and it was burning her.
"She was really red. I thought I had seen a little boy sitting on the sink watching me take a shower so I felt really freaked out. We found out that there was this older man that owned it [the bakery] and his son lived with him there, and I guess the wife died or something, she had gotten sick. So it was just the son and the dad that lived there in the bakery, and then the dad died and the son took over the bakery, and I thought I was seeing the son. I'm not even kidding. I had to move. That's not a lie. I will never stay there ever again."
Kesha claims she's had a sexual encounter with a mysterious ghost.
"I had a couple of experiences with the supernatural," she beams. "I don't know his name! He was a ghost! I'm very open to it."
Susan believes the spirit of her late mother is still lingering in her home. "Her energy is still there," she remarks. "I've actually seen my mother in the house. I think she was letting me know she was all right. There was a lovely smell. Perhaps it was her perfume."
Keanu claimed that he saw a strange sight when he was aged six or seven and hanging out in his family's new apartment in New York.
"All of a sudden we are looking at [the doorway] and this jacket comes waving through the doorway," he remembers. "Just an empty jacket, there's no head, there's no body, there's no legs, it's just there and then it disappears."