Given the fact that he was the most Googled man in the world at one time, we're fairly certain that Paul Mescal is now a household name around the world.
It's probably due to the chain, those GAA skills, and his ability to make O'Neills shorts fashionable.
Aside from this, the fact that the actor was absolutely superb in the adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel might also have something to do with it.
Aside from stoking the ire of Liveline callers, the programme's depiction of contemporary masculinity and mental health issues has been truly groundbreaking.
To be honest, Mescal deserved an Emmy nomination for his work in the final episode alone as Connell sinks deeper into a depression. Eventually, he seeks the help of a therapist and what follows is some of the most absorbing and stunning TV you'll see this year.
On that note, it's great to see the Kildare man's work being acknowledged by the Emmys. Sadly, his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones was overlooked. Tut-tut.
Overall, Normal People received four Emmy nominations in total.
Mescal has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in A Limited Series, Lenny Abrahamson for Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Sally Rooney and Alice Birch for Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, and Louise Kiely for Outstanding Casting For A Limited Series.
Speaking about the achievment, executive producers of Normal People and co-founders of Element Pictures, Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney, said: “Congratulations from all of us at Element to Paul, Lenny, Sally, Alice and Louise for their Emmy nominations. The response to the show internationally has exceeded our wildest dreams and this is an incredible honour for the show and for everyone who worked on it.”
In terms of Mescal's competitors in the category of Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie, he'll be up against Jeremy Irons (Watchmen), Hugh Jackman (Bad Education), Jeremy Pope (Hollywood), and Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much).
We wish him the very best.
As for his immediate future, Mescal will be co-starring in The Deceived, the new thriller from Lisa McGee, the creator of Derry Girls.
The 72nd Emmy Awards will take place on September 20.
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