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Dream duet Paul Mescal says he'd love to duet with Billie Eilish and Niall Horan

"There are lots I’d like to perform with – Billie Eilish, Niall Horan. But I think I’d be firmly out of my depth"

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Maynooth's rising star Paul Mescal. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Maynooth's rising star Paul Mescal. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Maynooth's rising star Paul Mescal. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

The multi-talented Paul Mescal has revealed how he would love to perform alongside the likes of Billie Eilish and fellow Irish star Niall Horan.

Even though the 24-year-old is perhaps best known for his starring role as Connell in Normal People, the actor is also a budding singer and has proudly shared videos of himself singing on Instagram.

He has performed alongside Dermot Kennedy for a virtual gig in 2020 and has now expressed his desire to take his love of singing further.

He told OK! Magazine: “There are lots I’d like to perform with – Billie Eilish, Niall Horan. But I think I’d be firmly out of my depth.

“I wanted to get into musical theatre before I wanted to do acting but I realised I wasn’t the best dancer, so I had to re-evaluate,” he mused. “I realised that acting was the thing that I enjoyed the most out of all the disciplines.”

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Normal People was a hit for for the BBC (Edna Bowe/BBC)

Normal People was a hit for for the BBC (Edna Bowe/BBC)

Normal People was a hit for for the BBC (Edna Bowe/BBC)

Mescal has been busy appearing in music videos and is set to star in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut The Lost Daughter as well as in the musical, Carmen.

And he also stars in a short film that is to be shown at this year’s virtual Dublin Film Festival (March 3-14).

The 14-minute short film’s co-director and co-writer, Robert Higgins, took to Twitter to announce the good news, saying: ‘Delighted to have ‘Drifting’ screening as part of this year’s @DublinFilmFest. Been a regular attendee of the festival for years so it’s great to be screening at it for the first time!’

The actor also revealed how he was struggling without work during lockdown in the UK and that his life was “a lot of Zoom calls and lots of running”.

The Maynooth star, who lives in London, spoke about how he is feeling amid the restrictions.

"I’ve struggled with the absence of work. A vast period of the day which would’ve been occupied is now totally unoccupied,” he said.

"My life is a lot of Zoom calls and lots of running. I’ve been trying to get as much serotonin as I can. Serotonin is a wonderful thing.'

However, despite initially struggling with the lockdown in London the star now appears to be occupied by filming the movie adaptation of the opera Carmen in a rural town in Australia.

He was recently spotted on the set in Breadalbane, New South Wales, with his co-star Melissa Barrera.

Paul became hugely popular after Normal People, where he starred alongside Daisy Edgar Jones, became an international success.

The young Irish actor was nominated for an Emmy in the category ‘Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie’.

While on the show, the 24-year-old said he did “stupid things”, like spending his entire first pay cheque on booze for the crew.

"I did stupid things like buying the cast a round of drinks, which was pretty much my entire wage,” he said.

Despite his overwhelming success, in an interview with GQ magazine last year, Paul said he never set out to become an actor at a young age.

“I became an actor certainly not by accident but late. I wasn't one of those kids who wanted to act from the age of 12,” he said.

"Not at all. In fact, my dad did some acting and I used to watch him in plays and just feel no desire at all to be up there myself, perhaps oddly.

"Acting was something that I didn't really know how to do but I could see how it would take a great deal of dedication.”

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