Paul Mescal, an Oscar nominee, has expressed his “fury” following a fan’s groping of him outside the theatre in which he was performing.
The 27-year-old actor was outside the Almeida Theatre in north London, where he was starring in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire, when he was asked for a picture. His film Aftersun has earned him numerous nominations for best actor this awards season.
“As we posed for it, she put her hand on my ass. I thought it was an accident, so I like (moved away) but the hand followed”, he told ES Magazine.
He also stated “I remember tensing up and feeling just, like, fury. I turned to her and said, ‘What’re you doing? Take your hand off my ass.”
“the last thing” he wanted to do was “call somebody out in front of the theatre, it’s uncomfortable for everyone involved but it was really not okay. It was so gross, creepy” he claimed.
While describing his fame experience, Mescal said “97 per cent of it is really nice then 3 per cent is somebody, like, grabbing your ass.”
Mescal, a County Kildare native from Maynooth, is up for best performer at this year’s 95th Academy Awards for his work in the independent coming-of-age movie Aftersun.
He played Connell in the BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, starring opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones, and that was his breakthrough performance.
He was portrayed in the media as a sex icon for the role, with his character’s neck chain drawing a lot of attention.
After a successful run at the Almeida, Tennessee Williams ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, in which he co-stars with Patsy Ferran, will move to the West End in March.