Paul Mescal told drama teachers he was mugged to cover up his injury at the GAA game

ACTOR Paul Mescal has revealed how he lied to his acting teachers about being mugged at work to cover up his Gaelic football injury.

The Normal People star made his first American talk show debut in front of a live audience on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers last night, having previously done such programs during lockdown via Zoom.

Wearing an unusual 1970s-style flared shirt under his suit, the Kildare man opened up Seth Meyers in New York to talk about his time playing Gaelic football and how it impacted his acting course at Dublin’s Trinity College.

When asked by the curious American TV host what Gaelic football is like, Paul smiled: “Chaos, pure chaos

“It’s basically like a cross between rugby and football, but just brutal. Well, rugby is pretty brutal.

“They represent how your community or where you are from. It’s like layman, so very spirited I’d say.”

Meyers teased: “Are there many fights?”.

“It depends which city you’re playing against,” laughed the 26-year-old Irishman, who admitted, “Yeah I like my town”.

He added: “I’ve played for Maynooth and Kildare, my county. Like a geography lesson.”

Paul then revealed how he suffered a serious GAA field injury.

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“I broke my nose and jaw. I broke my jaw two days before my senior year in drama school started,” he recalls.

“I was like, ‘I’m probably going to take a break for the last year,’ because I found out they don’t really go hand-in-hand. You can’t really trade with a broken jaw.

“They say you can’t exercise because it’s bad for your body and your stuff, and I thought ‘it’ll be fine.’

“I was face to face with my acting teachers and they were like ‘what’s going on.’

“I thought, ‘This is so weird, I got mugged at work.’ Yes, nightmare.

“So I spent the four weeks rehearsing like I was rehearsing.” Paul Mescal told drama teachers he was mugged to cover up his injury at the GAA game

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