The Lost Daughter's Olivia Colman says she pushed for a scene with 'beautiful' Paul Mescal 1

The Lost Daughter’s Olivia Colman says she pushed for a scene with ‘beautiful’ Paul Mescal

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‘I couldn’t look him in the eyes when we first met!’ The Lost Daughter’s Olivia Colman jokes she pushed for a scene with ‘beautiful’ Paul Mescal after watching him in Normal People


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Olivia Colman has joked she had certain scenes with Paul Mescal deliberately inserted into The Lost Daughter just so she could flirt with him.

The 47-year-old actress stars in the psychological thriller on Netflix, and claimed that after seeing Mescal in BBC TV series Normal People she created a scene so she could spend time with him on screen.

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When asked if she enjoyed working with him, she told The Sun: ‘That’s always fun, but that wasn’t even in the script. I just did that.’ 

Opening up: Olivia Colman has joked she had certain scenes with Paul Mescal deliberately inserted into The Lost Daughter just so she could flirt with him

 Opening up: Olivia Colman has joked she had certain scenes with Paul Mescal deliberately inserted into The Lost Daughter just so she could flirt with him

Olivia then backtracked on what she had said, clarifying that the scene was indeed in the script from the beginning, before going on to heap praise on her fellow actor.

She added: ‘It was in the script, it was. I was a huge fan from watching Normal People and I was a bit giddy [when I met him].’ 

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The Oscar-winning actress then went on to explain that while she “couldn’t look him in the eyes” to begin with, she thinks Mescal’s work as an actor and singer is “beautiful”.

Awestruck: The Oscar-winning actress explain that while she "couldn't look him in the eyes" to begin with, she thinks Mescal's work as an actor and singer is "beautiful"

Awestruck: The Oscar-winning actress explain that while she “couldn’t look him in the eyes” to begin with, she thinks Mescal’s work as an actor and singer is “beautiful”

She said: ‘I couldn’t look him in the eyes when we first met. He’s just so kind and nice and a good person. And he sings beautifully. He’s just lovely. 

‘He’s the nicest and loveliest. He loves his family and he’s so brilliant in what he does. His work is beautiful.’ 

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This comes after the film’s director Maggie Gyllenhaal revealed Colman, while playing the role of a professor confronting her dark past, “did not like to talk much on set”.

Big fan: Olivia claimed that after seeing Mescal in BBC TV series Normal People (pictured) she created a scene so she could spend time with him on screen

Big fan: Olivia claimed that after seeing Mescal in BBC TV series Normal People (pictured) she created a scene so she could spend time with him on screen

Maggie told The New York Times newspaper: ‘Olivia really didn’t like to talk about much. I wonder, actually, if it’s because it was relatively recently that she got power as an actress if she feels similar to the way I feel as an actress, which is it’s very rare that somebody values my ideas.

‘They will say they do, but people are irritated by actresses with a lot of ideas. I’m not an idiot, and so I mostly keep them to myself. 

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‘I remember asking Olivia if she likes to rehearse, and she said, I don’t, actually, and I totally relate to that.’ 

Happy couple: Mescal is currently dating American singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridger

Happy couple: Mescal is currently dating American singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridger 

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