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Normal People's Daisy Edgar-Jones Says She Is Now A Converted GAA Fan

Normal People's Daisy Edgar-Jones Says She Is Now A Converted GAA Fan

It's fair to say that Normal People is an absolute smash hit. Based on a Sally Rooney novel of the same name, the first two episodes have aired on RTÉ, while the entire series is already on BBC iPlayer and Hulu.

Paul Mescal and Daisy-Edgar Jones, who play the two main characters, have become massive stars almost overnight. Jones is so convincing in her role in Marianne that it's impossible to tell that she isn't actually Irish.

Born and raised in London, she has certainly perfected the accent. Speaking to the Irish Independent, she said that her various trips to Ireland as a youngster, with her mother hailing from up North, have helped her in this regard.

Then you have the GAA. The scene in which Mescal takes part in a Gaelic football match has been described as the best portrayal of the sport in a film or television show, but Jones knew nothing about it before that day.

However, having initially thought the umpires were some sort of scientists, she is now a big fan.

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I am a GAA convert now and the thing is I had never seen it before. God, I remember this thing happened on the day when we were filming the big football match scene.

I was watching the guys take to the field and I noticed that there were these two men in lab coats by the goal posts and I couldn't figure out what they were doing there.

I thought that these two guys had wandered on to the set and were just watching the game or something.

I was getting a bit worried and then someone told me that they were referees in the game and I was careful enough not to say that to anyone else.

I loved the game - I have been made to watch soccer from an early age but I never really enjoyed it.

But I really thought it was brilliant and it is such an amazing game and Paul (Mescal) was actually really good so they portrayed it properly.

They played a full match to give people a true sense of the sport and, yeah, I just loved it.

The third and fourth episodes of Normal People will air on RTÉ One tomorrow night at 10.15pm.

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Gary Connaughton

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