Jamie Dornan Talks ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ in Elle UK Interview, Poses for Photos

January 1, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey’ star Jamie Dornan opened up to Elle UK about portraying Christian Grey in the much anticipated screen adaptation of the EL James novel. There is much curiosity over his portrayal of the business tycoon and S&M practitioner. Along with the interview, he posed for some seductive photos, in varying states of undress.

In a rare interview, the 32-year-old Irish actor Jamie Dornan opens up about his portrayal of the title character of EL James’ bestselling novel, the first of the trilogy from which the movie takes its title.

As he embodies the character that has thus far inhabited only the imagination of readers, there is increasing anticipation in the weeks leading up to the movie’s release. Fans have endured the long wait from those first stories and pictures from the movie shoot — of Dornan and his costar, Dakota Johnson, portraying Anastasia Steele — last more than a year ago to now, the inevitable publicity for the movie.

Towards that end, Jamie Dornan offers some comments and reflection of what is more likely than not a breakthrough role. He told Elle UK, ““The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect. I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room, that’s not a film. There’s so much more going on than that.”

That said, he does not leave unaddressed the controversy over ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and such onscreen depiction of a dominate-submissive relationship, with a powerful man dominating a vulnerable woman convinced — or manipulated, some might say — into obeying his every whim. The trailers reveal that the Red Room scenes will likely be as steamy as hoped for, or at least within the confines of a theatrical release that is not pure pornography.

He addressed the controversy, saying “I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic. But actually, more men are submissives than women. Very powerful men. It’s a far bigger scene than I imagined: in pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.”

As for his own rising fame now that he is already synonymous with the Christian Grey role, he spoke of what it’s like coping with so much attention which he is not used to. He said of the trappings of fame and success, “You don’t do it to have some guy sitting in a f—ing bush outside your house with a camera. That’s not why you do it. I just couldn’t do an office job; I don’t have that temperament.”

He went on to say, “But yeah, I don’t know how you can prepare for it. You can’t get in sandbags. Buy loads of hoodies and caps? I’ll deal with it when it comes. I feel pretty secure about who I am. It’s not my first time at the rodeo.'”

Despite the international fame, Jamie Dornan continues to be guarded about his family life; he is married to actress Amelia Warner who gave birth to their daughter during the shooting of the movie. However, he did offer a glimpse as he spoke about what it was like for him being continually separated from the young child, saying, ““I’ve had to be away the last couple of weekends, and I come back and I barely recognise her, and it’s awful; she changes so much.” He went on to admit he had a “huge fear” that she would not recognize him either. He also spoke about how she reacted when he would shave off his beard noting, “she’s been shocked for the first few hours. She looks at me like: ‘Do I love you? I think I love you.’ I have to win back her trust.”

So even as fans may swoon over the onscreen image, it appears he remains grounded for now and settled in family life. We have not seen or heard of him in tabloids; the worse that’s been said is that ‘Fifty Shades’ is somehow not hot enough and he and co-star Dakota Johnson don’t have enough chemistry. But that’s just the typical negative speculation we have seen so much of these days and not just with this movie.

See more of Jamie Dornan’s Elle UK interview here and watch a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot below.

Pictures: PR Photos

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