“Hello,” says Paul Mescal, “my name is Paul Mescal and I’m going to be reading a section from,” – he points at his book – “Normal People. I’m going to be reading the section where Connell meets Marianne in Trinity for the first time.” And there you have it, all your dreams have come true.
In the clip, Mescal films himself reading the extract, which sees protagonists Marianne – played by Daisy Edgar-Jones in the BBC series – and Connell reunite at university for the first time after their turbulent relationship at school.
“‘Alright,’ says Connell, ‘hi.’ Instantly, unbelievably, Marianne’s face breaks into a gigantic smile, exposing her crooked front teeth,” Mescal reads. “She’s wearing lipstick. Everyone is watching her now. She has been speaking, but she stopped to stare at him. ‘Jesus Christ,’ she says, ‘Connell Waldron… from beyond the grave.’ He coughs, and in a panic to appear normal, says, ‘When did you take up smoking?’ To Gareth, to her friends, she adds, ‘We went to school together.’”