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Paul Mescal And Joe Alwyn Have A Group Chat, And The Name Is Nothing Short Of Iconic

How do we infiltrate this chat?

By Lucy Cocoran
The only thing better than Paul Mescal and Joe Alwyn respectively, is finding out that the actors are friends in real life. As it turns out, both men actually have a lot in common — they've both starred in onscreen adaptations of Sally Rooney novels and they're both dating famous musicians. Their friendship it seems, was written in the stars from the get-go.
As for how this blissful linkup came about, a mutual friend decided to introduce the men by creating a Whatsapp group titled, Tortured Man Club. The name is arguably fitting, given that Paul (who played Connell in Normal People) and Joe (who will play Nick in Conversations With Friends) are both plagued by their own, torturous demons.
Nick is a married photographer who becomes romantically involved with a young poet, while Connell is a young boy struggling with the verbalisation of his feelings for Marianne (played by Daisy Edgar-Jones).
In a recent interview, Alwyn told GQ that the group name was, "a reflection on Connell and Nick."
After what we can only imagine was some blissful back-and-forth banter, Alwyn and Mescal finally met in real life, on set for Conversations With Friends which was shot in Dublin. Unlike his onscreen counterpart, Alwyn reveals that Mescal is nowhere near as troubled, calling him a "lovely, lovely guy."
While Joe has never met Sally Rooney in real life, he later revealed to GQ that he has been in email conversation with her, receiving tidbits about his character that would help him to bring his personality to life more convincingly. In fact, Rooney even created the actor a special playlist for Nick, which she thought would help him get into character. It may surprise some to learn that the playlist included a few songs from Kanye West, so it'll be interesting to see how this translates onscreen.
As for how Taylor Swift might feel about the racy sex scenes Joe had to film, he only had one thing to say — "I mean she's read the book."
Speaking with Extra, he revealed that not only had Swift read the book, but that she was also a big fan.
"She loves the book, so she knows it. She just, like, couldn't be a bigger fan of the project," he said.
The actors worked alongside an intimacy coordinator to ensure everyone was comfortable with the process, with Joe hailing the project as a "modern love story."
We can't wait to watch.
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