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ACTOR'S ASPIRATION 'Breaking my jaw didn't dent acting career', says Paul Mescal

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Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal has told how a broken jaw inadvertently pushed him towards his acting career, during a speech made to inspire young hopefuls.

The in-demand actor was among a string of global stars championing the next generation at the virtual Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Presentation this week.

The Kildare man appeared remotely from Greece, where he is shooting his first feature film alongside Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson.

He spoke, along with Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones, on a video link to inspire other young creatives as they attended the event from the association that hands out Golden Globes.

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"In Ireland, my own path was clear. I thought I would go on to be a Gaelic footballer, but a funny thing happens when you break your jaw - it can put a dent in your aspiring sports career," he said.

"Thankfully, while attending Trinity College in Dublin, I was lucky to cultivate my love for drama and acting, which leads me to our series, Normal People.

"Even there, we see the creative opportunities school can provide as higher education arts programmes can lead students to become professional creators."

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Edgar-Jones also described her path from a small secondary school to film school.

"Financial assistance can make a world of difference to young creative people," she said.

"Growing up, I went to a very small high school with only 22 students in my year, and like many teenagers I was trying to find my place.

"When I then went to the national youth theatre, I finally met people who spoke the same creative language as me."

Mescal is in the first week of shooting his first movie.

The Lost Daughter tells the story of a college professor, whose own psychological trauma begins to resurface after meeting a woman and her young daughter while on a su

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