Watching a new star's career blossom is perhaps one of the most joyful things to witness. That's especially how fans of Paul Mescal are feeling after his first Emmy nomination for Normal People was announced on July 28. The nomination has sparked a flurry of activity on Twitter, proving fans are pretty pumped for this budding actor.
Mescal, 24, received a 2020 Emmy nomination in the Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie category for his work in Normal People. Others nominated in this category include Jeremy Irons (Watchmen), Hugh Jackman (Bad Education), Jeremy Pope (Hollywood), and Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True).
The Emmy nomination is for Mescal's heartfelt portrayal of the shy but popular jock Connell in Hulu's Normal People, which debuted on BBC Three in the UK on April 26, 2020, and on Hulu in the U.S. on April 29, 2020. Throughout the series, his character's love affair with Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) is explored in depth. The pair kept their teenage relationship secret, but college provided them new opportunities to explore their bond intellectually and sexually.
The series provides a raw and hearfelt look at relationships, thanks to Mescal and Edgar-Jones' outstanding performances. Although Edgar-Jones did not snag an Emmy nomination, Normal People fans are excited that Mescal — who only has acting credits dating back to 2019 — received the honor.
Oh, and people are also stanning him for what he does off screen too. It seems like this man can do no wrong.
Normal People fans are hoping Mescal's first nomination will also turn into his first win. They're just have to wait and see when the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards air on ABC live on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. ET.