‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson open up about the erotic movie in a joint interview with Glamour magazine and pose for a suitably suggestive and sexy cover and photo spread. What secrets will the stars spill? We’re getting a few tidbits here.
Their joint interviews have been rare, which makes the ‘Glamour’ cover story all the more notable. With the suggestive title ’50 Shades, We’re Going There’ we’re teased with the possibility of learning more about how two relatively unknown actors — 32-year-old Jamie Dornan and 25-year-old Dakota Johnson — have become Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, characters all too familiar to fans of the EL James trilogy of bestselling erotic novels.
Dakotas Johnson was previously more well known for being the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Now she has achieved fame in her own right, and the extent of that fame is only now beginning. She may look back years later at ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as a springboard to Hollywood’s A list perhaps. Time will tell. Same goes for Jamie Dornan who was known principally in the UK for his role as a serial killer on the TV series He was also a Calvin Klein underwear model.
That said, Jamie Dornan tells Glamour about his intensive workouts to portray the titular Christian Grey, business tycoon and S&M master. He said, “I had to do a lot of work to get in shape because Christian’s someone who’s very anal about that.” He went on to note that workout had their limits and “it wasn’t six hours a day.” Pointing out his circumstances at the time — his wife, actress Amanda Warner was expecting the couple’s first child during shooting of the movie — he said, “You don’t want to turn to your heavily pregnant wife and say, “I’m going to the gym for six hours. Text me if you go into labor.”
Dakota Johnson revealed that she and Dornan had the same trainer. She said of her own preparation, “It was important to me that Ana’s body look like that of an active college student. And I was going be naked, so I wanted to look good. I did a lot of working out and had more waxing than any woman should have!”
Johnson also said that in researching the role she didn’t”go to the sex dungeon” as Jamie Dornan famously did and spoke of in a previous interview. She said, “I wanted Ana’s reaction to certain things to be completely honest and real, like new.” She went on to note she “did do a lot of reading about the culture of BDSM.” Sharing her assessment of what that culture is, she said, “It’s about the ebb and flow of control between two people. To me, there’s something really honest in wanting to completely give up control for just a second.”
She spoke about what it was like to do the sex scenes, particularly those in the infamous “Red Room.” She said those scenes were the “most vulnerable scenes” and that it was a closed set. She revealed that her mother, Melanie Griffin told her “it’s my right to ask for that during intimate scenes.”
Dakota Johnson also revealed she had suffered some physical injury. She said, “There were some painful moments. I got whiplash once from him throwing me on the bed; so f–king painful.”
For his part, Jamie Dornan said, “Some of the Red Room stuff was uncomfortable. There were times when Dakota was not wearing much, and I had to do stuff to her that I’d never choose to do to a woman.” He said his character “was a massive challenge.” Noting he had “played a couple of sick, sick dudes, serial killers” on television, this was quite different. He added went on to say “you have to find something likable in every character you play. I like how driven Christian is.” He admitted, however, “I don’t think I would like him if he was a real dude and we met.”
Tidbits such as they are, the actors do speak out and perhaps confirm expectations that fans may have had. Of course it may be a job but one can’t help but wonder about the emotional impact. We’ve seen racy scenes in movies before, and finally upon the Valentine’s Day opening in theaters of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ no doubt the debate will rage on as to whether expectations have been fulfilled.
You can see the photo spread along with more excerpts of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan’s interview here and you can watch a behind-the-scenes video below!