Actor Paul Mescal recalled his first scene in a movie included a kiss with actress Dakota Johnson.
The Ordinary People star sat down for an interview with Johnson for the American Journal of Interviews Publishing.
The couple first met while filming the psychological drama The Lost Daughter, written and directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, inspired by Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel of the same name.
Johnson, the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, plays Nina, a young mother who meets Mescal’s character Will, a young Irish student who works as a swimmer at the Greek resort they are staying at. .
The Fifty Shades of Gray star asked the Kildare native if he remembers his first shot in a movie where he laughed and asked if the following story was “recorded?”
Mescal said, “I’m going to shoot again because it’s a funny story.”
“For anyone interested, I feel bad myself. It was in The Lost Daughter, and for some reason the first scene we had to do was me kissing you. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ “
Johnson added: “Really the most horrible first -“
Mescal said Johnson’s description was “unfair”, he said: “I think I would be fine with it if that happened to me now.
“But I think kissing anyone on your first day of work, let’s say your first f**king job, let alone Dakota Johnson, you’re like, ‘Okay, cool great.’
“But you could say I was nervous, and you were disarmed and exceptionally kind. Actually, I think the result of that was that we became close. Honestly, I already hate you,” he laughs.
Johnson added: “I love it so much. I love that it’s your first scene in a feature film. “
Johnson asked Mescal to explain what made him decide to get involved in certain projects.
“It’s a boring answer, but I feel like it’s the classic three-way rule given in drama school,” he said. It’s like, good script, good director, good characters — if you can tick two of them, you’re good.
“Ideally you want three, but if there are two that you can really convince behind, then you just need to make sure you’re on top of your game. I aim for three. If it’s two, I’d say, “I want to do this, but I’m afraid it won’t go well.”
“If the character is distraught, I get extremely nervous because there is pressure to deliver something that you are imagining in your head. That feels a bit serious.
“But when you end the day, you say, ‘How ridiculous is that? I cried about other people’s problems. “
Mescal also revealed that he found the audition “really difficult” and that he couldn’t remember the last time he auditioned live.
“Someone said that you should treat the audition as an opportunity to act. The idea of that is great, but I disagree with it,” he said.
He said he likes to keep things “mystery” regarding talking about his singer girlfriend Phoebe Bridgers.
Mescal also talked about his next project, where he will star in A Streetcar Named Desire in London’s West End.
He will take on the role of Stanley Kowalski, created by the famous Marlon Brando.
The show will run from December 10 to February 4, 2023.
https://www.independent.ie/news/i-find-auditioning-really-hard-says-paul-mescal-ahead-of-starring-on-londons-west-end-42061928.html “I found auditioning really difficult,” said Paul Mescal before starring on London’s West End