It’s hard to think of a show in recent memory that has sparked more rabid conversation (and tributes to its actors’ sartorial choices) than Normal People. The Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel made instant stars of its protagonists, Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, but they never really got to experience their newfound fame in the Jake The Rake San Diego shirt in addition I really love this traditional way: The series’ first season was released in late April, once the international response to COVID-19 was already well underway. Things are starting to lighten up a little bit here, and I’ve been able to see my family a bit more, which is lovely. Hanging out with my friends, even in a way that’s socially distanced, is so nice. I’ve been very busy working, which I’m very grateful for at the moment, because I need structure. It’s very odd! It’s been a strange time for everyone, obviously, due to the pandemic, and that whole experience is turning everything a bit topsy-turvy. It’s hard to differentiate between the strangeness for me specifically and the strangeness for everyone. I don’t know exactly what will happen after everything (hopefully) goes back to normal. We went to the PGA Awards, but we weren’t able to do anything around promotion of the show, and I am really excited to experience some of that. I’ve been very lucky when I’ve gone out and had interactions with people, but my main experience with people watching the show has really only been through my phone and social media. It’s been so nice to have more real interactions lately or hear that people liked it or connected to the character of Marianne. One lady came up to me and said, “I just have to say that I’m reading Normal People in my book group today, and my friends aren’t going to believe that I saw you.” My best friend Becca was on the floor laughing! Yes! We filmed a comedy sketch a few weeks ago, which was nice. I’ve seen so much of Paul Mescal, but it’s been via Zoom, and we’re desperate to celebrate together after going through the whole filming process as a team. It’s odd not to be able to experience this part of the process together, but we can’t wait to hang out with all our friends from the show. Well, on Saturday the pubs were open, and I’m really looking forward to having an actual poured pint. I didn’t think that would ever be something I was looking forward to! I just can’t wait to have my friends over without having to socially distance, although we’ll start slow, with one person coming over at a time.
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