BBC's new series Normal People, which follows the love story of Connell and Marianne over the years, has become a huge success since its release - shooting the show's leads, Paul Mascal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, into overnight stars. However, there is one other thing that stole the show in all 12 episodes, is the subject of multiple think-pieces and has its own Instagram account. Yes, we're talking about Connell's chain necklace.
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Chatting in an interview with Variety, Paul opened up about his character's much-loved accessory, and revealed that he actually gave the token to Daisy as a wrap gift before it was temporarily lost during a photoshoot. He explained: "I gave it to Daisy and I'm not going to blame her for losing it! I gave it to her as a wrap gift with photographs at the end of filming. We then came back to shoot the poster for the show and I had to wear it and it got lost in all the costumes and stuff but [it was found eventually] and I think Daisy has it now. You can call off the search party!"
Paul gave the chain to Daisy as a gift
He also opened up selecting the necklace during his costume fittings, explaining: "It's like Harry Potter, the wand chooses you! [...] It wasn't there in the first fitting... then when I came back there was a selection of different ones and that one seemed right because it's simple but it's also a statement that I don't think Connell knows he is making."
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Paul plays Connell in the popular series
The 24-year-old admitted that he loved wearing the chain, saying: "I didn't take it off during filming! They had a backup but it was never going to be used because I wore it home... I wore it for the whole summer! I think I wore it in the lead up to filming because I liked it." Paul has been amused by the reaction to it, and opened up about the chain's Instagram account. " I think it is amazing," he said. "It's probably the last thing I was expecting to garner a response... I just think it's hilarious."
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