Paul Mescal’s ‘Aftersun’ Performance Is a Masterclass in Taking Risks

Being a young actor can be incredibly difficult.

What you do as soon as you break onto the scene can define you for the rest of your life.

Elijah Wood, for better or worse, will always be known as Frodo, rather than for his excellent work in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or Sin City.

Paul Mescal was at this defining moment of his career after the smash hit Normal People, where he portrayed a young Irish man working his way through the ups and downs of a tumultuous romance.

Sure, there was a lot of depth and vulnerability to his performance, but it seemed that he would end up as another young actor staying in a lane, instead of taking challenging, daring roles.

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