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Welcome to Jamie Dornan Online,
Your first and best source on the Irish actor and former model since 2011.
Jamie is known as a model with his major campaigns for several brands such as Dior, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein. As for his acting career, it took off thanks to his role in the TV show Once Upon a Time and his unforgettable role as a serial killer in The Fall. In 2015, his popularity becomes worldwide with his biggest role so far, Christian Grey, in the movie Fifty Shades of Grey with Dakota Johnson.
In 2016, Jamie was the main actor in three other movies: The 9th Life of Louis Drax, Jadotville and Anthropoid. His upcoming projects are the movie Untogether and a new adaptation of Robin Hood.
You will find all his news on the fansite and a gallery as complete as possible.
Jamie's 2018 Schedule
• January - A Private War Filming in London
• Jan 19 - The Graham Norton Show (UK)
• Jan 24 - Fifty Shades Freed Press Conference (US)
• Jan 31 - The Ellen Show (US)
• Jan 31 - Jimmy Kimmel Live (US)
• Feb 1 - Fifty Shades Freed LA Premiere
• Feb 1 - The Late Late Show with James Corden (US)
• Feb 5 - ITV Lorraine (UK)
• Feb 5 - C à Vous (France)
• Feb 6 - Fifty Shades Freed Premiere (Paris)
• Feb 7 - ‘Face to Face’ with Eamonn Mallie (UK)
• Feb 8 - CONAN (US)
• Feb 20 - GQ Event for Timothee Chalamet (US)
• March 2 - Women in Film Pre-Oscar Party (US)
• March 3 - Chanel & Charles Flinch Pre-Oscar Dinner
• Best Drama Performance (The Fall) – National TV Awards - 2016
• Best Supporting Actor (Anthropoid) – BIFA – 2016
• Best Supporting Actor (Anthropoid) – National Film Awards – 2017
• Best Actor in a Lead Role Film (Jadotville) – IFTA - 2017
For the promotion of Anthropoid and The 9th Life of Louis Drax in th US, Jamie gave a new interview to the website ET Online. A very good interview mentioning Jamie’s projects, his kids and his modeling days.
You can read it below:
ET: What appealed to you about playing a neurologist in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, aside from the fact that you didn’t have to do nude scenes or tie up any women?
Jamie Dornan: [Laughs.] It was a bit of a departure from anything that I had done. I also got to explore that world a bit — something I did not have a great deal of knowledge about, although I have plenty of doctors in my immediate family.
Like your father, for instance.
Yeah, my dad’s a doctor, my stepmother is a doctor, my [deceased] mum was a nurse, and my uncle’s a doctor. It’s definitely something I have an understanding of, to a point. I was just very taken by the journey that [my character] goes on. And he’s also not your everyday doctor. You don’t get a lot of doctors who are mavericks in their approach and they’re doing TED Talks and have this kind of appeal from the books they release. I find all of that highly intriguing.
You have Louis Drax and Anthropoid coming out less than a month apart, and the third season of your Netflix series The Fall later this year. It’s been 10 years since your very first role in Marie Antoinette. How have you grown as an actor since then?
It’s crazy: I was actually filming in Paris two weeks ago, and I was staying in the same hotel that I stayed in when I did Marie Antoinette. We shot in the same opera house next door to that hotel. So I was asking myself that question quite a lot. I went through a period after Marie Antoinette where I wasn’t sure that I wanted to be an actor. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing in that job as much as I loved it. But now I am very focused on being an actor — it’s all I am. Back then I was still modeling and my head wasn’t in the game and I had a kind of frivolous approach to it. Now I am pretty serious about it. Very serious about it. So I guess the most fundamental change is that now I am actively pursuing it and back then I just saw it as a bit of fun. But you want to keep growing and challenging yourself. I think that’s important to do in this career.
What can you tell us about season three of The Fall? Obviously your serial killer character, Paul Spector, miraculously survived his gunshots wounds at the end of season two.
Yeah, it’s no secret that I’ve done season three. So I guess you know that Spector shows up in season three in some capacity. I am constantly talking to Allan Cubitt, who created the show, and we are very close. Despite picking his mind for the past four and a half years, I didn’t see coming what he had planned for season three. So it is quite something, and it’s unexpected. And hopefully people respond to it.
In general, you seem to be attracted to darker roles. Will you ever let your daughters watch your work when they’re old enough?
Certainly not for a bloody long time! Maybe not the Fifty side of things, but if they wanted to watch that one day and see what daddy does, then that’s cool. I am mindful that I have two children now. There is part of me that does want to do something they can watch soon — that is kind of lighthearted — because I don’t consider myself a dark or menacing person despite what I portray onscreen. I definitely want to have the opportunity to show other sides as well.
Are you secretly longing to do a fun romantic comedy?
I am not opposed to that at all. But in terms of the last five or 10 years, there have only been one or two that worked. It’s a genre that they often get wrong. So you’d have to be very careful to get all the right people, and you’d have to feel strongly that it is the right one to do. But I am certainly open to it.
You were just filming the Grey sequel. How was playing Christian the second time around? Have you fully embraced the character?
I felt more comfortable the second time around. There was a lot of pressure the first time. I think when you’re making the first film of any franchise there is a lot of pressure in terms of setting a tone and the way it’s shot and the way it’s played and finding your feet with it. It was very strange that I came into that job six weeks before they started filming, which is totally unheard of in a franchise of that size — and not the way you want to go into any job, really. This time I felt I had a lot more time on my hands. And the pressure seemed to be off a bit with every department because the first one made so much money. Everyone was in a better place about it. So it was definitely a better experience.
Are we going to see more of you in Fifty Shades Darker? And by “more of you,” I mean the full monty.
I hear ya! The truth is that I don’t know the answer to that. You’ll have to wait and see. [Laughs.]
Do you feel frustrated by your international sex symbol status or have you embraced it? You were previously dubbed “The Golden Torso” in your modeling heyday, so it’s not surprising that your bum makes headlines now — and was hailed as the second-best in Britain after Tom Hiddleston’s. I am wondering if you demand a recount in that election.
I only found out about it a couple of days ago, when I was doing a research call thing for a talk show. You know, that’s all frivolous and fun and I don’t pay a huge amount of attention to it. You certainly can’t be annoyed with that sort of status. It goes with the territory a little bit. But I guess my thing is not to pay a great deal of heed to it.
You’ve described yourself as “hyper.” What keeps you from sleeping or wakes you up at 5 a.m.?
My children now. They’re up; especially my oldest one is often hyper, so at least we get to be up together.
You used to sing in a band that opened for KT Tunstall. You were also one of the highest-paid male models, and now you’re part of a global film franchise. But do you have any hidden talents?
I’m a good cook. Where I come from, we do a Sunday roast: Potatoes and roast beef, chicken or lamb with all the trimmings — that would be my specialty.
New October issue of the UK magazine Total Film contains 4 pages of Jamie with a new interview. This interview is very interesting as it mentions all Jamie’s projects, including The Fall season 3.
You can check the HQ scans in the gallery or read the whole interview below if you prefer.
“Someone’s just told me I’ve come runner-up to Tom Hiddleston in ‘rear of the year’,” he shares, genuinely perplexed (as are we – he should have been number one). “I don’t think, as an actor, you set out to achieve that. Truth be told, I pay no fucking notice.” But surely it meant something, in the heyday of modelling for Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Armani, to be labelled ‘The Golden Torso’ by The New York Times? “I never had a big plan to do modelling,” he shrugs. “I got coerced into it. I never fully committed, and my attitude was a bit shit. I was always trying to do the acting thing. But I didn’t get training. Some of my least favourite actors – boring, predictable – went to RADA and shit. Acting is instinctual.” He grins. “Though you’d never see me trying to do Shakespeare anywhere near Stratford because I’m not trained and I’d make a fucking idiot out of myself.”
Relaxed, strikingly down-to-earth and, to put it mildly, garrulous, Dornan delivers such vivid comments damn near every time he opens his mouth. “I didn’t ask Kim Basinger about 9½ Weeks,” he admits when quizzed about teaming up with the ’80s steam queen on supersequel Fifty Shades Darker.
“I didn’t have big enough balls, in the way that maybe someone won’t be able to look me in the eye one day and talk about Fifty Shades.”
Total Film is looking Dornan in the eye, sort of. Today’s chat is happening via Skype. He’s sitting in the living room of his rustic house in south-east England, dressed down in a navy blue t-shirt and trying to maintain equilibrium when his two-year-old daughter wanders into the room naked and starts hammering on the piano.
At TF’s end, events take an alarming turn when the dog humps the beanbag. There is no time for distractions, however: Dornan has a raft of fascinating projects to tell us about.
First up, released within a week of each other at the start of September, are Anthropoid and The 9th Life Of Louis Drax. The former is the true-life tale of the daring WW2 mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, third-in-command of the Third Reich and prime architect of the Final Solution. Sean Ellis’ follow-up to his award-winning 2013 crime-drama Metro Manila, it sees Dornan and Cillian Murphy play, respectively, the Slovakian and Czech soldiers charged with completing the kamikaze mission. The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, meanwhile, is a mystery-thriller based on the bestseller by Liz Jensen and directed by Alexandre Aja (Switchblade Romance, Horns). It gifts Dornan the lead role of a comatose boy’s doctor who’s determined to find out the true circumstances of the child’s ‘accident’ – a quest that takes bizarre turns when reality bleeds into fantasy in a manner not dissimilar to Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.
“I’d just seen Metro Manila before I got sent the script, so it felt like this serendipitous thing,” Dornan says of Anthropoid. “I was banging on to my wife about how much I’d love to work with Sean Ellis. To be honest, it could have been a short film about a man waiting for a number 52 bus. But I do like the idea of playing people that actually existed. Fifty Shades is fantasy, fictional, out there…” He laughs, rubs at his jaw. “I feel like I want to do real stuff. The guy I played in Marie Antoinette was real but he died years and years ago.” Another laugh. “I loved this story. I thought it could touch people. Human characters with human flaws. I was very excited to play someone vulnerable. I’m used to playing people who are controlling.”
And Drax? “I’d never read anything like it. Clever and unique. I did think we would have a task on our hands in terms of how to marry the supernatural aspect of it with the straight story. For me, it’s again a total departure from anything I’ve done. And that’s what I want to do – keep playing characters that are different.”
There are exceptions, of course. One of these is Christian Grey, who Dornan last week finished
portraying in sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, shot back-to- back. The other is the role that accelerated his acting career: serial killer Paul Spector in BBC2’s riveting cat-and-mouse crime series The Fall.
“I knew it was great, based on the scripts,” he says. “I had never been up for anything like that. And I’d never had someone see that in me, that I could play menace or darkness. If you come from modelling, you only get offered certain jobs… boyfriend… you know, the usual shit.” He pauses. “I actually auditioned for another part. For a policeman. Whatever I did, I convinced them I was a psychopath.”
For two series now, Spector – counsellor, family man, slayer of young women – has tormented the coolly charismatic DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson). The finale of Season 2 suggested that their dance of death was over (no spoilers here). Then came the announcement that both would return in Season 3…
“There’s a twisty element to it that you will not see coming,” Dornan promises, his words finally slowing as he chooses them carefully. “It’s certainly… a very interesting place to take it. I mean, I couldn’t believe it when Allan Cubitt, who created it, told me what happens with my character. That’s all I can really say.”
Fine – he’s clearly uncomfortable saying even one word more. But let’s just make him really squirm before moving on to the Fifty Shades movies: how does it feel to have so many viewers find the character that he describes as a “sick, sick man” so very, very hot? The biggest laugh yet. “It says more about them, doesn’t it? Fuck, I don’t know what to say about that really. Look, if he has that effect on people, I would hope that comes more from us trying to give him some kind of charm and making him someone who is relatable, fancy-able, who could live next door to you, who could be your bereavement counsellor, which is all in the story. I hope, I hope.” He takes a breath, shudders, and then adds, rather worryingly, “He’s the one character I find hard to shake off.”
Still, Dornan insists you have to be fearless about full- heartedly embracing such challenging or risqué material as The Fall and Fifty Shades. The first Fifty Shades introduced billionaire Christian Grey as he demonstrated his kinks to virginal student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), making her blush at both ends. It failed to satisfy reviewers but went all the way at the box office, taking
$571m. Fifty Shades Darker is set to penetrate deeper. “It opens doors in terms of getting a better understanding of why he is the way he is, and why he feels the need to control. But we also get to see more of what the books would say is a ‘vanilla relationship’. We get to see more of him and Anna having a regular existence, a relationship. But then things happen along the way to test that…”
One of the things that happens is that Christian’s business partner, Elena Lincoln (Basinger), enters the picture – as readers of E.L. James’ trilogy of bestselling books will know, she is the older woman who first introduced Master Grey to the pleasures (and pains) of BDSM. But there are key changes behind the camera, too: James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross, Fear) took over the directorial reins from Sam Taylor-Johnson, who didn’t have the smoothest of relationships with E.L. James; and the screenplay was this time penned by James’ husband, Niall Leonard (TV shows Wild At Heart and Wire In The Blood). Is it fair to say that the author, like her male protagonist, is something of a control freak? “These are Erika’s babies,” Dornan says. “She’s very right to have a strong opinion on all things Fifty Shades. But Erika and James Foley have a good relationship. They get on very well. He brings a different energy. He’s going to put his own stamp on it.” With all this work (there’s also Netflix premiere Jadotville, about 155 Irish troops who were besieged by thousands of French, Belgian and Rhodesian mercenaries in the Congo in 1961), you have to wonder if he ever gets a second to himself.
The answer is no, but mainly because he has two young children with his English actress/ musician wife, Amelia Warner. “I have the quietest family life,” he says. “My wife and I were watching a movie last night. We got the kids to bed and I had a glass of red wine in my hand. I was like, ‘Fuck, I don’t even think I can finish this. What’s the time?’ It was 8.30. I was like,‘Is it too early to go to bed?’ She was like, ‘We can’t go to bed before nine.’ We just about scraped it. I was holding my eyelids open.”
Jamie Dornan: sex symbol, leading man, tucked up asleep by 9pm. Like we said – not at all what you’d expect.
The movie Anthropoid is out in theaters today in US and Canada! That’s why several websites published their interviews of Jamie and Cillian today. So here’s a new recap post with all the latest released interviews.
WhoSay: Were you at all familiar with this story beforehand?
Jamie Dornan: I wasn’t familiar with this part of the WWII, and was amazed by how it changed the course of WWII. Obviously it’s huge for Czech people, this incident in history, this assassination. It was the highest ranking Nazi ever taken out. It was a revelation to read about it.
WhoSay: What are some of your personal favorite war movies?
Murphy: I like Full Metal Jacket, I like The Thin Red Line.
Dornan: Ah, he stole mine. I was going to say The Thin Red Line, and I was going to say Full Metal Jacket. There’s a film called Coming Home which I think is a brilliant take on the effects of war. Tropic Thunder, obviously. That’s a classic tale of war. There’s plenty of them, and I think they’ll keep making war films for as long as they’re making films, to be honest. They’re always relevant.
WhoSay: Jamie, I find it funny you’re known for playing the ultimate romance lead Christian Grey, but your character in this intense war film is much more quixotic, romantic, and less cynical. Do you relate to one more than the other?
Dornan: I’d say I definitely relate to [my character] Jan Kubiš more than I would Christian Grey. One of the many things that I find very alluring about this project, and playing this character, was that I haven’t played many characters who are vulnerable. I’ve often played people who are very much in control and know what they want, and are often quite aggressive with it. I liked that Jan had this vulnerability, had panic attacks, and felt that he was in over his head for a lot of the mission. I feel that I would probably react like that myself. I don’t think I would be like Cillian’s character Josef, who is stronger. He’s the one who’s got his head in the game more, and the one who’s basically the alpha. I’m not one of those people, so I think I can relate to Jan a lot on that level.
WhoSay: What projects would you want to work on next? Would you want to go into, let’s say, comedy?
Murphy: Comedy, definitely, because I think Jamie’s career is a comedy in itself. No, I have no idea. No one sends me comedy scripts. It’s just about good directors, good stories, whatever comes your way.
Dornan: I’m sort of open to anything. If you read something and there’s a character you want to play, a world you want to be in, and it happens to be funny, then that’s cool. I don’t think you want to become one of those actors that only does certain types of films. I think it’s really good to be diverse as an actor, and keep the options open. I like the idea of comedy, but Cillian can’t do it, because he’s not funny in the slightest.
WhoSay: I don’t know. I think you should do a buddy comedy together.
Dornan: We should. We should pitch that to the studios this week.
WhoSay: It would be a blockbuster.
Dornan: I agree with you.
“What did we take away from the movie? Just friendship, I would say. It’s genuine. You don’t always get that,” says Dornan.
Of course, it’s not exactly reciprocated, he jokes. “I’ve tried Cillian a million times this week and he doesn’t answer. He doesn’t get back to me. I heard that’s the kind of guy he is. And it’s true,” says Dornan.
But in reality, “We’re all genuinely proud of the movie. I’m very proud of Cillian and Sean and a tiny bit proud of myself.”
“We do this thing with my kids sometimes: ‘So if you’re stuck on a desert island, who would you have with you?’ My little boy was like, ‘Who’s the guy you did ‘Anthropoid’ with, Jamie? I’d take him. He’s funny. And the guy from ‘Fast & Furious.’ Vin Diesel. He can help. You’re just there for the comedy,” says Murphy to Dornan, who looks faux-outraged.
“I can fight off pirates and (expletive!)” he exclaims.
Click on Read More to read Jamie’s interviews for The Hollywood Reporter, Inverse, Irish Central, National Post, IndieWire and The Irish Echo, and check a new scan from People magazine.
During their trip to New York to promote Anthropoid, Jamie and Cillian Murphy gave several interviews during press junkets. On August 5th, they answered questions for printed interviews for websites and magazines, and on August 6th they gave filmed interviews to medias. He talks about Fifty Shades in some of them too.
Here’s a recap post of all the interviews (prints and videos) released so far!
Having conquered such daunting tasks as an actor can accomplish onscreen, what was the most taxing skill for Dornan to accomplish?
“They all present their own challenges. Sex scenes are hard because you’re simulating sex, and that’s a very strange way to spend the day,” Dornan, 34, told Vanity Fair at the film’s red-carpet premiere in New York on Thursday night. “It’s physically challenging to do a movie like Anthropoid. It was a grueling shoot. It was very long days and it was hot. It was the middle of the summer in Prague. We ran around with guns and wore a lot of clothes. It’s a part of the job, but that takes its toll. This was the one time I wish I wasn’t wearing so much clothes.”
Dornan, too, recognizes there is an inequality in nudity on screen.
“I do think it’s unfair. I understand why women have an issue with that,” he said. “I know it’s something that a lot of people have opinion on. But there’s plenty of male genitalia on show. Orlando Bloom did it today without even needing to. But I understand why. There’s more of an active taste for women to take their clothes off and be seen as a sex object. That can be gratuitous and I don’t agree with that.”
Dornan added that he too has felt sexualized, saying: “I feel very subjective a lot of the time at work. So I wouldn’t say I’m relatively not objectified in the work place. I am. It’s not just the women, but men too.”
Now that Fifty Shades Darker will be released next February, will viewers finally get to see Christian Grey completely slip off his clothes and go full frontal? “I can’t even remember,” Dornan said with a smile. “It was so long ago. Two weeks ago we finished.”
About Nice attacks in France: “It was, as you can imagine, a bloody awful situation,” Dornan told ComingSoon.net. “You’d be affected by it wherever you were in the world. Most of the cast and crew were actually staying in Monaco so there’s a little bit of distance there, but my family and I wanted a little bit more space so we were actually staying in Nice. The first thing that everyone has to work out was is everybody safe, is the whole crew and cast safe. Then you have the strange thing of the next day still trying to make this movie that’s costing millions of dollars to put together. There’s this contractual obligation to work the next day, which is a very strange environment to work in. It felt very frivolous and wrong to be making something as silly as a f**king movie the day after something like that happened.”
“The general feeling on set has altered, definitely, because the energy of the director is at the top of the pyramid and that trickles down to the whole 200-strong crew,” Dornan said. “Some elements have shifted somewhat, but it’s still a lot of the same recurring crew and the actors are the same, much of it doesn’t really change. Regardless of changing the director or changing the screenwriter, I think when you’re two or three -or back-to-back- into a franchise everyone’s relaxed a little bit, everyone can enjoy it a bit more because the pressure’s slightly off, so I think there’s definitely an element of that.”
From over on the couch, Murphy’s Anthropoid co-star Jamie Dornan perked up and chimed in.
“Do you remember when you were a kid, and you used to go, like, ‘Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman?’ That’s exactly what studios are doing now,” Dornan said. “They’re having those kind of playful oppositions of, ‘Oh, who do you think would win in a race between these two?’ And then they’re going, ‘Oh, why don’t we make a bloody movie about it?’ It’s like a day at the playground.”
“I reckon they’re going to make a movie of Rice Krispies starring Snap, Crackle, and Pop,” Murphy said with a laugh. “I’m hoping to play Crackle.”
Dornan said shooting on location in Prague (for Anthropoid) was “hugely beneficial,” and the sentimental nature of each location — a church where a battle took place in particular — helped the actors.
“To be able to visit the church, I mean it was so harrowing being there and seeing the bullet holes in the walls and cracks in the walls where the grenades had gone off, and then Sean built this to-scale set version of the church…they were genuinely identical,” he said.
Favorite movie snacks
In Dornan’s case, that means popcorn, along with his favorite classic confections, Milk Duds. Upon discovering his co-star had never heard of the chocolatey delights, Dornan passionately described them as an “American thing,” which means he can never enjoy them when he’s working in the UK, Canada or Ireland.
Cillian responded with a much more edgy snacking confession. “I’ll tell you, here’s mine,” he professed excitedly, “I like popcorn, but I like to put some tabasco sauce on the popcorn, like a lot,” to which Dornan adorably replied, “You can take the boy out of Cork…”
On August 5th, Jamie was a guest on ABC morning show, Good Morning America. The interview is quite short but Jamie answered a few questions on Anthropoid and Fifty Shades. You can watch the full interview below and check some pictures in the gallery. There’s no official still from the show yet, so thank you to the fans for their pictures. I will make screencaps of the interview for the site later.
The video also contains a new clip from the movie Anthropoid!