Jamie Dornan is grateful for the film series that catapulted him into the Hollywood stratosphere.
The 39-year-old famously starred in the much-beloved erotic drama franchise “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and he has absolutely “no shame” in being a part of the trilogy.
Dornan portrayed BDSM fantastic Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson in the three films, released in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Talking to British GQ for their December 2021/January 2022 issue, the “Belfast” actor recalled his time during filming the series.
“Look, put it this way: It’s done no harm to my career to be part of a movie franchise that has made more than $1 billion. Every working actor would say the same thing. It’s provided — a lot,” he said. “There’s no shame in saying it’s transformed my life and my family’s life financially. I am very, very grateful for this and always will be.”
He added: “And the fans loved it. Kevin Maher [the film critic] at ‘The Times’ didn’t love it — what a surprise! But I take issue with the whole thing being just a bit of a joke. Everyone involved worked as hard as they could on those films, including myself.”
After starring in the trilogy, Dornan admitted that he felt a tremendous amount of pressure to prove his acting abilities. “Whether ‘A Private War,’ ‘Anthropoid‘ or ‘Belfast,’ or whatever comes next, the line in the press is always, ‘It’s the best thing he’s done since ‘Fifty Shades.’ As if I am still needing to prove myself. I am still paying penance for that choice to get me back to where I was beforehand.”
“Look, I get it,” the father of three shared, “and to be honest with you, it spurs me on. It lights a fire in me. If that means people saying, ‘Oh, actually he’s not that bad,’ well, so be it.”
Elsewhere in the profile, the Northern Irish actor joked that he pretended to be a “landscape gardener” when he went on dates because he was embarrassed to mention that he was a model back in the day. He used to model for luxury brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Dior Homme and Calvin Klein in the early 2000s.
“I didn’t love [male modeling]. And I still don’t like having my photograph taken. I find it odd. I explained. it an unnatural thing to happen,” Dornan explained. “It’s not fun to be told continually to move your head about like it is on a swivel. ‘Chin up. Chin down…’”
“Too much nonsense,” he said of the fashion industry. “Whenever I went on a date or met a girl in a pub or whatever, I’d say I was a landscape gardener or worked for Google — anything but admit to having my photograph taken for a living.”