Everyone is talking about how Paul Mescal made the mullet sexy

Paul Mescal's mullet is making the internet *weak*

Paul Mescal Mullet: Actor Paul Mescal with a curly mullet and wearing a blue suit as he attends the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 04, 2023 in Santa Monica, California./ in a purple template
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The Paul Mescal mullet is a true thing of beauty. It's steadily making its way up the ranks of best hairstyles for 2023 and we're all for it. So, here's a recap of Paul's best mullet moments...just because.

It's no exaggeration to say that Paul Mescal is having a major moment right now, from his Oscar nomination for Aftersun to his Best Actor win at the Olivier Awards—and don't get us started on that swoon-worthy red carpet exchange with Amelia Dimoldenberg.

But it's not just his career success that has made him a hot topic (in more ways than one). Much like with Paul Mescal's shorts, the actor has become synonymous in recent months with his killer style and '80s-esque mullet—which is what has gathered us all here today. Here's a look at Paul Mescal's haircut in all its shaggy glory and what the internet has to say about it...

All the best Paul Mescal mullet moments

While fans are still mourning Paul Mescal's split from Phoebe Bridgers, his 2023 mullet has provided some consolation. In fact, it acts as the perfect styling lesson in how to make retro hairstyles cool again, as well as how much a new haircut can elevate and change your whole look.

Over the last few months, we've seen him rock both a longer curly mullet—with its short sides and longer back—and a slightly shorter variation, both on and off the red carpet. And honestly, we're surprised by just how wearable this haircut is, as we've seen him pair the nostalgic look with everything from suits to his casual everyday fits (and those shorts of course), looking effortlessly cool every time!

So, if you've been deliberating a dramatic crop, or perhaps a softer variation like the wolf cut or octopus cut hair trends—here's some Paul Mescal mullet inspo...

1. Paul Mescal's mullet at the Olivier Awards

Paul Mescal with a mullet, wearing a black suit and bow tie as he attends The Olivier Awards 2023 at the Royal Albert Hall on April 02, 2023 in London, England.

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Yes to the bow-tie and yes to the curly mullet.

2. Paul Mescal at the Oscars 2023

Paul Mescal with a mullet and wearing white suit as he attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.

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His Oscars look was giving the '80s prom date of your dreams. The haircut and his lil gold huggie earring just work and that's all we have to say about it.

3. Paul Mescal's 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards look

A side shot of Paul Mescal and his mullet, as he wears a blue suit and attends the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 04, 2023 in Santa Monica, California

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Here we see Paul repping a slightly longer mullet, as you can see the wisps of hair poking out from behind his ears. If you've got a curly hair type, this snap in particular is a good indicator of how a mullet might work for you!

4. Paul Mescal at the SAG awards

Paul Mescal with a mullet and wearing a black suit at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on February 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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While we were treated to a cute Paul and Zendaya moment, his mullet also stole the show.

5. Paul Mescal and his mullet at the Oscars nominee lunchen

Paul Mescal at the 95th OSCARS® Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton on February 13, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.

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This mullet deserved its own nomination, if you ask us.

6. Paul Mescal at the BAFTAS

Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 at The Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England.

(Image credit: Getty Images/ Gareth Cattermole/BAFTA)

Yet more proof that a suit and a mullet are an elite combo.

Best reactions to Paul Mescal's mullet

While a mullet is of course a statement look, Paul proves it can work for any occasion—from a trip to McDonalds (he went after the Olivier Awards) to the SAG red carpet—and it's safe to say, fans don't want the haircut to go anywhere anytime soon...

In fact, one mullet fan tweeted out to the rest of the world's population: "paul mescal has a mullet and a tiny hoop earring and what do the rest of u have? nothing."

While another described a truly heart-breaking scenario: "when he has a mullet but he’s not paul mescal :/." 

Others are still recovering from the mullet's debut: "paul mescal in a mullet i need like 4 business days to process this." 

One twitter user even described the perfect Paul Mescal mullet/Derry Girls crossover: "if derry girls took place in 2023 there would be a scene where michelle thought she saw paul mescal and erin would say something like 'for god’s sakes michelle how many times do i have to tell you not every sexy fella with a mullet is paul mescal.'"

We need a 2023 spin-off, please and thank you.

The praise for Paul and his mullet is just endless, as another fan tweeted: "need to point out that paul mescal with a mullet is just *chef’s kiss*".

Long live the Paul Mescal mullet!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.