Considering that we've spent a lot more time at home recently, we're lucky that it's been a great year for TV. Easily one of our fave watches was Normal People (yes, that show really was released this year).
Adapted from Sally Rooney's best selling book of the same name, the show has been streamed a massive 62 million times on iPlayer, making it the BBC's most popular series of 2020. Wowzers.
There's no denying that we were collectively obsessed with the series. And, let's be honest, the thirst is real – who could forget the iconic, viral Instagram account dedicated to Connell's Chain? If you don't know about it (ahem, where have you been?) then you should give it a follow. You can thank us later.
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Paul Mescal, the actor who starred as Connell Waldron in the show, has now revealed another of his many talents (aside from a hint of an impressive V-line at 1:00 minute) - he's actually very good at dancing, too.
In a new short film titled, Lockdown Mescal performs a 90-second contemporary dance inspired by the tumultuous year we've had – and it's safe to say he's an excellent dancer as well as an accomplished actor.
The video is part of a wider campaign to support the arts and performers who have been seriously impacted as a result of the pandemic. Shot by Samsung on the Galaxy S20 smartphone, the film marks the launch of "Samsung Spotlight", a competition to shine a light on up and coming performers. To enter, performers simply have to upload a 90-second film of their own to Instagram, using the hashtag #SamsungSpotlight.
“This project took me totally out of my comfort zone as I am not a dancer," Mescal said of the project. "Movement is something I loved doing at drama school and something that I’ve missed doing since entering the industry."
He continued, “there are thousands of performers in the arts industry that have been affected by the closures of theatres, venues and stages who have and are going through an incredibly challenging time.
"I’m really proud to launch Samsung Spotlight which aims to help performers by giving them a platform to showcase their talents. I can’t wait to see what type of performances people come up with and I’m looking forward to judging the entries.”
Pretty good, no?
As yet, we haven't had official confirmation of a second series Normal People (but there has to be one, right?), so until then you'll find us watching a mix of Bridgerton and the best Christmas movies on Netflix.
Lucy is a beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, InStyle and Woman & Home, and regularly contributes to My Imperfect Life. Most recently she was Junior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. Covering skincare, haircare, make-up and wellbeing, her job involves anything from picking the brains of the world's top dermatologists to swatching the latest and greatest foundations. When she's not got beauty on the brain, you're most likely to find her spending time with dogs (her sister owns one very sassy cockapoo), reading or sleeping. She's also a big fan of RuPaul's Drag Race, rosé and and house plants that stay alive.
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