Normal People: Connell star Paul Mescal exposes awkward sex scene blunder

The BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s award-winning book has already amassed a huge following as viewers watch the story of two Irish teenagers falling in love unfold. Thanks to its number of sex scenes, the series has become one of the network’s sauciest shows but Connell Waldron star Paul Mescal has revealed not all of the scenes went off without a hitch. 

Normal People follows well-heeled Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and working-class Connell’s romance. 

The series starts with the pair in their final year of school and follows them as they both head to Trinity College, Dublin. 

In the most recent episode aired on BBC One, ex-lovers Connell and Marianne meet again by chance at university. 

Fans have hailed the show for its poignant portrayal of teenage love and heartbreak.

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However, the series has gained notoriety for its raciness and the stars of the series addressed these scenes in a recent interview. 

Discussing how important chemistry is, Paul remarked: “Thank god for chemistry reads because if you don’t have that right I think it’s really impossible to do the story any justice.”

Paul and Daisy were then asked: “Was there one particular moment that broke the ice?”

“I’m going to do it and I might get in trouble for saying this,” Paul said. “So we were shooting the intimate scenes and they put on fake sweat…

“There was a position in the scene where we shift positions and the way our bodies were in contact, it made a noise like we’d farted.”

Daisy added: “Like a massive fart, the crew thought one of us had actually farted.

“And they were all being really polite because they thought somebody had farted, obviously, it wasn’t, it was a collective fart.”

“And then you blamed me because you realised they thought somebody had done it,” Paul revealed. 

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“That very quickly broke the ice,” the actor added.

“Once you’ve been through what we’ve been through, in terms of losing dignity, in terms of the old scenes, you can’t help but be good friends after that,” Daisy commented. 

Meanwhile, producer Emma Norton revealed she wanted the series to do “justice” to Sally Rooney’s award-winning novel.

In a recent interview with, Emma said: “I guess the challenges and pressures that came with it [are from] adapting any novel that has a huge following and huge expectations.


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“I guess we were all really conscious on some level of doing justice to the book.

“But we had Sally in the process so we knew that we were keeping the quality of the book.”

The adaptation is being aired in weekly instalments on BBC one on Monday evenings with the broadcaster showing two episodes at a time. 

But eager fans can binge-watch the whole series on BBC iPlayer in the UK and Hulu in the US.

Normal People airs weekly on BBC One at 9pm and is available to stream in full on BBC iPlayer now.

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