Paul Mescal listed in TIME Magazine's 100 Next Most Influential people

By Katy Thornton

September 14, 2023 at 9:38am


A huge bualadh bos for Paul.

Paul Mescal (Aftersun) has been included on TIME Magazine's 100 Next list of influential people, which was announced yesterday (September 13). The Irish actor features in the Artists section, alongside names such as Emma Corrin (The Crown), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), and author Emily Henry (Happy Place).

The TIME Next list recognises "rising leaders in health, climate, business, sports, the arts and more", starting in 2019 as a way to not just "reflect the present" but to "push us forward, showing what is possible as well as what society’s future and future leaders will look like."

Fellow Irish actor Colin Farrell wrote the following tribute to the Maynooth native.

"Why is it that the finest actors leave us with the sense that we know them? Even if they are—in life—unknown to us. Paul Mescal exemplifies the answer to that question, for there is something indelibly honest about his work. Something that allows us a feeling of recognition. It’s not so much what he shows you, but instead what he makes of himself available for you to see.

"There are things that an artist can grow into: craft, a deepening of the heart. But there is an honesty to some actors so intrinsic that it forms the foundation upon which all else grows. The first time I saw Paul perform, what moved me was his ability to stand in silence and take in the world around him so I could experience it through him. I was riveted, and it has been the same in every performance since. It is the sincerity of his every word and gesture that makes me so excited for what he’s yet to share with us."

We Irish love to see one of our own recognised for their achievements, so this feels like a huge moment for us as well.


Last year, Normal People writer Sally Rooney, which is largely what sprung Mescal to stardom, made it onto TIME's 100 most influential people.

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