Monday, October 25

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal of Normal People: ‘It’s been a wild few months for us’ | Normal people

Was there a show this year that everyone loved? but you couldn’t move on
Daisy flower:
That is hard. Honestly, I think I watched every show that aired on television in the last few months. I have seen and enjoyed each one. I am trying to think. News?

Paul: What was the one you tried to make me look at, Daisy? I do not remember the name. I think it was Selling Sunset. The one with the real estate agents in Los Angeles. I couldn’t get into that.

Daisy flower: How you couldn’t get on with that, I don’t know. Impossible!

Any program that you enjoyed during the confinement that you did not expect?
Daisy flower:
Adult material on Channel 4. I came in thinking, I’m not sure if this is for me, but I will because I love the lead actress in it, Hayley Squires. She’s amazing. I saw it in Me, Daniel Blake. I put it on without expecting anything, and absolutely loved it. It was told so brilliantly. Rupert Everett also had class.

Who were your TV villains of the year?
I’m going to have to go to the home territory here and cast Jamie from Normal People. He was my favorite.

Daisy flower: It’s so bright and Fionn [O’Shea] he played it amazingly. Finn is the most charming, by the way.

Paul: Yes, I couldn’t be further from Jamie, which is why I enjoy watching his performance so much. That character is so hideous and Fionn is so charming.

Daisy flower: Carole Baskin was one of mine, from Tiger King.

Is there a show you haven’t seen yet that you’re looking forward to seeing?
Daisy flower:
Honestly, I think I have seen everything that has aired this year from beginning to end. However, I didn’t watch Strictly Come Dancing this year, which is weird because I’m a huge Made in Chelsea fan and Jamie Laing was on Strictly. It’s weird because Strictly is usually the best to get you in the Christmas spirit, but I haven’t seen it this year.

Paul: I haven’t had time to see The Crown yet. I just arrived in Australia so maybe it’s one I see while I am quarantined here.

Were you surprised by the reaction to normal people?
I was definitely surprised by how quickly people got it. I think the fact that it fell into the iPlayer in its entirety at the same time helped. People saw it very quickly and the response was quite positive.

Daisy flower: How long have people been talking about it. I’m still having conversations about it, so it’s crazy. I knew that people who liked the book would enjoy it, but I was surprised that so many people who had not read it also came to it. The lockdown meant that maybe it caught fire faster somehow, because we had a trapped audience. It’s been a wild few months for us.

How has life been since the show came out?
It has been a career change and a life change. This is my first time in Australia, and I’m here with work, and it’s all down to normal people. I’m incredibly grateful for it, but yeah, it’s been crazy.

Daisy flower: It has definitely been a life changer. This year has been a strange time for everyone and life has fundamentally changed for everyone at this time. But Normal People has done such great things for Paul and me, and it’s crazy to think so many people have seen it. That is still something I really can’t believe. It’s very strange to think.

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