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Paul Mescal brings Sally Rooney’s words to life again as he reads Normal People

Evoke.ie logo Evoke.ie 30/06/2020 Bronwyn O Neill
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Despite just getting an update on Marianne and Connell during RTÉ Does Comic Relief over the weekend, we can never get enough.

And Paul Mescal, the man himself, is here to deliver.

The Connell actor decided to delight us with a reading of Sally Rooney’s Normal People this week.

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He read a passage of the book for Florence Welch’s Instagram book club, Between Two Books.

The Kildare native read the passage where Connell meets Marianne in college for the first time. And it’s honestly made our week!

‘”Alright,” says Connell, “hi.” Instantly, unbelievably, Marianne’s face breaks into a gigantic smile, exposing her crooked front teeth,’ Paul reads of their encounter in the three minutes and 48 seconds of perfection.

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‘She’s wearing lipstick. Everyone is watching her now. She has been speaking, but she stopped to stare at him. “Jesus Christ,” she says, “Connell Waldron, from beyond the grave.”.’

‘He coughs, and in a panic to appear normal, says, “When did you take up smoking?” To Gareth, to her friends, she adds, “We went to school together.”,’ he continues.

It’s one of the happiest scenes in the book, which are far and few between. And it’s even better coming out of Paul’s mouth.

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This isn’t the first reading Paul has done. Last week he read Elmer and Super El for Save The Children- and he even did the voices!

It is the latest in David McKee’s children’s series about the crafty elephant and Paul put his acting talents to use by doing the voices, which inevitably caused his followers to swoon.

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Paul shared the video, asking his followers to remember the children whose lives have been turned upside down with everything that has been going on over the past few months.

He asked them to dig deep to help provide learning packs, food vouchers, and virus protection equipment to vulnerable families.

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