Paul Mescal claims he was harassed by a 'creepy' fan

‘Take your hand off my ass!’: Paul Mescal recalls being harassed by a ‘creepy’ fan outside a theatre – as he poses for a striking ES Magazine shoot

Paul Mescal has claimed he was recently harassed by a ‘creepy fan’ outside of the Almeida Theatre in Islington, north London.

He was starring in a sell-out run of the Tennessee Williams classic, A Streetcar Named Desire when a fan approached him after the show.

During an interview with Alexandra Jones for ES Magazine, Paul said the women ‘grabbed my ass’ without consent. 

Speaking on his experience of fame, Paul said: ’97 per cent of it is really nice – then 3 per cent is somebody, like, grabbing your ass.’

He then explained: ‘As we posed for it [photo], she put her hand on my ass. I thought it was an accident, so I like,’ he gets up from his chair and shimmies awkwardly away from an imaginary hand, ‘but the hand followed. I remember tensing up and feeling just, like, fury. 

‘Take your hand off my ass’: Paul Mescal claimed he was recently harassed by a ‘creepy fan’ outside of the Almeida Theatre in Islington as he spoke to ES Magazine about the incident

‘I turned to her and said, “What’re you doing? Take your hand off my ass”. The last thing I want to do, is call somebody out in front of the theatre – it’s uncomfortable for everyone involved – but it was really not okay. It was so gross, creepy.’

Paul flashed his inked skin as he posed in a white tank top on the front cover of ES Magazine.

The actor, 27, then looked very dapper as he slipped into a black suit with a crisp white shirt. 

Paul was recently nominated for a BAFTA, but he missed out on the gong to Austin Butler for his part in Elvis. 

The Normal People star has also been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar next month  and said: ‘It’s crazy right? Look, I’m not going to win. So it’s kind of low-stakes pressure, I can basically just sit back and enjoy it.’ 

Paul’s mother Dearbhla, who has cancer, said it was ‘amazing’ to be taken to the BAFTAs on Sunday by her actor son. 

The star’s parent is having chemotherapy for a type of bone marrow cancer and she expressed her gratitude to be part of her son’s ‘crazy ride’ after he was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Aftersun.

She told the Mirror: ‘These past few days feel like I was in a movie… my heart is just so very grateful.

‘What an amazing, amazing gift this was to be part of this incredible, crazy ride.’ 

His mother also spoke out on whether she will attend the awards in Los Angeles next month.

Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1, she said: ‘If everything goes OK, I just might be.

‘If not, I hope to be there with my fluffy socks… and watch it from a TV screen.

‘But I’d like to be on that side of the world… Life is pretty magical and you can take the hits when things are good around you.’

Speaking out: During an interview with Alexandra Jones, Paul said the women ‘grabbed my ass’ without consent

Handsome: The actor, 27, looked very dapper as he slipped into a black suit with a crisp white shirt as he posed on the cover of the Magazine

It comes after it emerged film star Paul will begin filming on Gladiator 2 this summer.

He is set to star in the long-awaited sequel to Sir Ridley Scott’s historical epic and has now revealed that production is set to start later this year.

Quizzed about the movie at the BAFTAs on Sunday, Paul told Deadline : ‘In the summer. I’m not sure when the exact start date is but soon.’

It was previously reported that the movie had been delayed due to Paul’s theatre commitments as he is currently playing Stan Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire on London’s West End.  

Specific details about the flick remain a closely-guarded secret but it has been confirmed that Paul will take on the role of Lucius – the son of Connie Nielsen’s character Lucilla and Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus from the original film.

Russell Crowe has ruled out returning as Maximus Decimus Meridius in the project – that is due to be released in 2024 with Scott returning as director – and explained that it won’t be a ‘direct sequel’ to the Oscar-winning original.

The 58-year-old star said on the Fitzy and Wippa podcast: ‘Yeah we’ve had dinner and talked about it and all that stuff. So I know roughly how he’s shaping the story.

Family affair: Paul’s mother Dearbhla, who has cancer, said it was ‘amazing’ to be taken to the BAFTAs on Sunday by her actor son (L-R Paul, Dearbhla and her husband Paul)

‘But yeah, if you remember, there was a young kid who wanted to beat the Gladiator, which leads to the ‘My name is’ speech.

‘So that young kid has grown up, and he’s now the Emperor.

‘I don’t know what else happens at that point, so that’s the idea.

‘So it’s not a remake. And it’s not a direct sequel. It’s not like the day after, you know, 30 years later or something.’

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