Paul Mescal is arm-in-arm with a mystery female friend as they attend the Saturday Light Live after-party in New York City

Paul Mescal was in the company of a mystery woman when he arrived at the star-studded Saturday Night Live after-party in New York.

The Aftersun actor, 27, beamed as he walked alongside the handsome brunette, who draped an arm over his shoulders as they entered Japanese restaurant Zuma.

Paul looked relaxed as he attended the party in wide leg jeans, a navy jumper and red Adidas shoes. He paired the ensemble with a long black coat.

Meanwhile, his female friend also kept it low-key in high-waisted black trousers, a turtleneck top, black patent loafers and an oversized quilted jacket.

Paul’s latest public appearance comes after he contemplated finding overnight fame following his role in the smash hit BBC series Normal People, an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Sally Rooney.

Paul Mescal was spotted looking cozy with a mystery woman as they arrived at the Saturday Night Live after party in New York

Paul Mescal was spotted looking cozy with a mystery woman as they arrived at the Saturday Night Live after party in New York

The Aftersun actor, 27, beamed as he walked alongside the woman for the party - which was held at Japanese restaurant Zuma.

Paul kept it casual as he attended the party in wide leg jeans, a navy jumper and red Adidas shoes

The Aftersun actor, 27, beamed as he walked alongside the woman for the party – which was held at Japanese restaurant Zuma.

Paul, who played Connell Waldron in the 2020 show alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne Sheridan and picked up a BAFTA and Emmy nomination for his performance as the lovelorn student, admitted that sudden stardom forced him to ‘ coping mechanisms’ in an attempt to improve his mental health.

Keep talking The Louis Theroux Podcasthe revealed: ‘Going from totally anonymous to not anonymous is kind of the biggest leap’.

“You develop your own set of rules, but you develop some sort of coping mechanism from that junction and hopefully the rest will stay pretty even.”

Paul said that life in the public eye had led to the ‘body and mind naturally going to protect itself’ before acknowledging the possible danger of ‘closing (yourself) off from the rest of the world’.

The show, based on Rooney’s second novel, sees Marianne as a highly intelligent yet misunderstood social outcast, while Connell is the school football star and widely popular among his peers.

Marianne and Connell’s connection is due to the fact that his mother works as a cleaner at her family’s mansion, and a strange and indelible connection grows between them.

However, Connell is desperate to keep their blossoming relationship under control due to Marianne’s lower social standing at school.

However, the tables soon turn when the duo both attend Trinity College in Dublin and Marianne is popular for her quirky ways and thoughtful insights.

Speaking on The Louis Theroux Podcast, Paul revealed: 'Going from completely anonymous to not anonymous is kind of the biggest leap' (pictured at 2021 BAFTAs)

Speaking on The Louis Theroux Podcast, Paul revealed: ‘Going from completely anonymous to not anonymous is kind of the biggest leap’ (pictured at 2021 BAFTAs)

The actor, who played Connell in the 2020 show and received a BAFTA and Emmy nomination for his performance, said the sudden stardom forced him to develop 'coping mechanisms' in a bid to protect his mental health (pictured with Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar Jones)

The actor, who played Connell in the 2020 show and received a BAFTA and Emmy nomination for his performance, said the sudden stardom forced him to develop ‘coping mechanisms’ in a bid to protect his mental health (pictured with Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar Jones)

Paul has opened up about his overnight rise to fame after his role in smash hit BBC series Normal People

Paul has opened up about his overnight rise to fame after his role in smash hit BBC series Normal People

While Connell struggles to find a connection with anyone other than Marianne.

Their relationship is thwarted by difficult situations, other romances and their own personal demons.

The coming-of-age novel is set in mid-2000s Ireland and tells the story of how they overcome it.

In his most recent film All Of Us Strangers, Paul and the film’s lead Andrew Scott had a couple of sex scenes, but Andrew has since revealed that he barely rehearsed for the scenes.

While an explicit sexual encounter with Harry, played by Irish heartthrob Paul, dominated the commentary surrounding its release, Andrew maintains that they both took an organic approach to its development.

Talk to Attitudethe actor, 47, also credited the film’s intimacy coordinator for mediating any concerns about the graphic nature of their sex scene.

The actor (left, with Paul Mescal) has been widely praised for his portrayal of a lonely screenwriter who encounters the spirits of his dead parents in director Andrew Haigh's latest film.

The actor (left, with Paul Mescal) has been widely praised for his portrayal of a lonely screenwriter who encounters the spirits of his dead parents in director Andrew Haigh’s latest film.

“Sex is just communication, isn’t it?” he said. ‘It’s just physical communication rather than verbal communication… We haven’t practiced it too much. We knew that those scenes, especially the early ones, had to have some kind of frisson.

‘And we had an intimacy coordinator, which can be very helpful for the simple reason that if you can talk to someone about your fears or what you want to show, what you don’t want to show, or what you think it should be and which is the story of the storyline, you have that base of safety.

‘But chemistry is a very interesting thing. You’re basically just listening to see what the other person is doing physically in the same way you would in a dialogue scene.

“And you can talk about it all you want, but until you’re actually there, it’s not alive in that way, so it’s just about listening, but basically just listening with your body.”