Paul Mescal Poses For Portrait Artist Of The Year Painters And We're Not Jealous At All

One of the artists didn't even try and play it cool as the Normal People star arrived for his sitting.

We don’t know about you, but we can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon than staring intently at Paul Mescal for hours at a time.

In fact, now that we think about it, that’s exactly what we did when Normal People debuted during the UK’s first lockdown.

Anyway, a select few lucky painters got to spend a good few hours in the Emmy-nominated actor’s company when he sat for them in a new episode of the Portrait Artist Of The Year series.

Paul Mescal sits for his portrait
Paul Mescal sits for his portrait
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It was up to host Stephen Mangan to reveal this week’s “celebrity sitter” to the remaining artists, telling them: “Your sitter today is an Irish actor, whose meteoric rise to fame came with the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s award-winning novel.

“Even his neck chain has way more Instagram followers than most ‘normal people’.”

And yes, this would pretty much be our reaction, too...

Not even trying to play it cool... we respect it, tbh
Not even trying to play it cool... we respect it, tbh
Sky Arts

“Oh my god, my friends are going to be so jealous,” one of the painters was heard declaring.

Before posing for his portrait, Paul briefly spoke about how the success of Normal People had affected his life, admitting that he still feels “in the middle of the storm”.

Other celebrity sitters from this series of Portrait Artist Of The Year include Fleabag’s Sian Clifford, Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa and Drag Race UK champion The Vivienne.

Paul Mescal’s episode of Portrait Artist of the Year airs on Wednesday night at 8pm on Sky Arts, available to watch on Freeview channel 11.


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