Dermot Kennedy has said he "reached out" to Paul Mescal to make sure the actor was ''in a good place'' following the success of Normal People.

The 28-year-old singer revealed how he struck up a friendship with the 24-year-old actor after he checked in to make sure Mescal wasn't overwhelmed with his newfound fame.

Speaking to the Sunday World, Kennedy said: ''I reached out a little while ago. His career was moving at such a mental rate, and I literally reached out as another fellow Irish creative.

"I wanted to say 'hi' and I hoped he was enjoying the madness. I basically just hoped that he was in a good place with it, so that was it.''

Paul Mescal and Dermot Kennedy are teaming up for Some Summer Night

The pair are set to team-up for Kennedy's upcoming streamed gig, Some Summer Night, which will air globally at the end of the month, and will be a pay-per-view event.

''A couple of weeks ago, when we were planning this gig, we started talking about the fact that we weren't limited creatively at all.

"We started talking about different narratives we could create, and then we started talking about actors, and he was the only person I wanted to ask.

''I don't want to get into it too much, but I am very conscious of the fact that he can sing very well.

"It's still quite fresh, so we are working on it every day. There's a set list and a narrative with my role and his role... it's all taking shape.

''I've never written for somebody else before. So what would work quite well for me won't necessarily work for him because he's such a vulnerable actor, and it's so human the way he does things.''

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