One of the more organic awards campaigns of the year has been the Best Actor candidacy of Paul Mescal. By normal metrics, Aftersun would be seen as too small to be a real contender, but Charlotte Wells‘ film has been defying expectations all season. To that end, Mescal is now seen as a top tier contender in Actor, which would have been shocking a handful of months ago. It’s been lovely to witness, especially when Mescal himself is so charming. You’ll be able to hear that charm for yourself today, as I recently sat down with Mescal to talk about Aftersun.
In my review of Aftersun back at the Telluride Film Festival (here), I had this to say:
The duo of Frankie Corio and Paul Mescal are the highlights here. Corio is a newcomer but should have a major career ahead of her. She’s always observing and inquisitive, echoing the woman she’ll eventually become. Plenty is left unsaid, but her watchful gaze says a ton. As for Mescal, it’s a role that sometimes feels in the background, but the slight air of mystery is intentional. Their chemistry is also terrific, making for a complex yet loving relationship that you’re keen to observe. The small cast also includes Kayleigh Coleman and Harry Perdios, in addition to the aforementioned Celia Rowlson-Hall, but Corio and Mescal walk away with the movie.
Below, you can hear my chat with Mescal. We talk about how great the reception to the film has been, as well as what first attracted him to it in the first place. The impact of the work is a main focus, which has proven different for everyone. Mescal is a lovely guy, genuinely thrilled that folks have been receptive to what the movie set out to do. If you haven’t seen Aftersun yet, be sure to rectify that immediately…
Here now is my interview with Aftersun star Paul Mescal. Enjoy:
Aftersun is out now!