Normal People star Paul Mescal has said he would "love" to reprise his role as Connell opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne if the time was right.
The Kildare actor was asked about the prospect of a second season of the relationship drama during an interview with entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter.
"There's loads of parts to that question," he replied.
"The selfish actor part of my brain knows how challenging and how fun it is to play a character like Connell. There's also the part of me that goes like, 'OK, I'm really proud of that show, but I don't want to go in and do a second season too soon and f*** it up'. Because often that can be the case, where that perfect thing suddenly becomes less perfect.
'Normal People' star Paul Mescal discusses having his major breakout and becoming an internet obsession while under lockdown. "As awful as 2020 has been, it's been professionally and personally an incredibly amazing year." More details: https://t.co/Ikj7lachOa— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 16, 2020
"I would obviously love to play Connell again, but that decision has got to come from people who are way higher than me in terms of creative input.
"I think you've also got to let Connell and Marianne grow up a little bit, maybe five, 10, 15 years. If you were to go and look at these characters again, you've got to let them enter a different phase of their lives."
The Irish production company behind Normal People, Dublin's Element Pictures, has said there are no plans for another series of the Sally Rooney adaptation. It is focussing on bringing Rooney's first novel, Conversations with Friends, to television.
Mescal, Edgar-Jones and Normal People director Lenny Abrahamson will be back on screens as part of the line-up for RTÉ Does Comic Relief. The charity fundraiser airs on RTÉ One on Friday, June 26 from 8:00pm.
. @DeirdreOKane1's powers of persuasion are strong, the line up for #RTEComicRelief is unreal 👏@daraobriain, @WeeMissBea, Derry Girls, @BigBoyler, @thejasonbyrne and so many more!— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) June 9, 2020
Let's raise more than a smile for Irish charities on Friday, June 26th pic.twitter.com/qSS1d4gy6M