Paul Mescal is auctioning off his Normal People shorts and I’m ready to be bankrupt


Normal People came at what was possibly the horniest point of lockdown and it pretty much sent the world into chaos. We all fell in love with Connell and thirsted over Paul Mescal, the actor who plays him. Chains suddenly became the sexiest thing in the world, with chain sales going up by 130 per cent on ASOS and someone even making an Instagram literally just for Connell’s chain.

But enough of the chain, because now there’s a way you can get your hands on the ACTUAL shorts worn by Connell in the series – the blue ones he wears whilst playing Gaelic football, to be exact.

Paul has quite literally made all our dreams come true, and has donated the shorts to an auction for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, an Irish charity which provides nursing, respite and end-of-life care for children under the age of five. He’s even signed the shorts too, for good measure.

The auction starts at 10am on 21st August, running until 28th August – you’d better get ready to start bidding. Paul has previously donated his iconic chain to a charity raffle, and it ended up raising a whopping £60,000 – such is the power of the chain, and of thirsty fans.

In the auction at the end of the month, you can also bid on a Normal People script, signed by Paul, Daisy Edgar-Jones (Marianne) and Lenny Abrahamson, the series’ director.


It seems like Paul’s been spending his lockdown helping raise a ton of money for amazing charities, and we quite honestly love to see it. As well as donating his shorts and chain, back in June he started reading children’s bedtime stories to raise money for charity, which only made us love him even more.

Paul read the book “Elmer and Super El”  by David McKee to support Save The Children UK, posting the video on his Instagram and urging his followers to donate if they could after they had finished watching the video.

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