Jamie Dornan on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jamie Dornan on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


Jamie Dornan Talks Fifty Shades And Other Grey Matters

From serial killers to Christian Grey, Jamie Dornan isn’t afraid to plumb the depths of male depravity. ShortList meets a normal bloke with a taste for the dark stuff

The most terrifying man on television is having a quick blast of his asthma pump. “Just when you thought he couldn’t get any cooler,” says Jamie Dornan with a smile, padding his way from the dressing room through to the studio for today’s photoshoot. Putting aside the incongruity of this image for a second, Dornan is a man who – at the moment at least – you wouldn’t begrudge a spot of anxious breathlessness.
In less than 18 months he’s gone from a model and occasional actor mostly known for a series of monster Calvin Klein billboards – you know the ones: Eva Mendes, tiny briefs, liberal dousing of Crisp ’n Dry – to one of the most dropped names in Hollywood’s juice bars of power. He’s been nominated for a Bafta, appeared in acclaimed TV dramas and, the week we speak, he’ll finish work on a new Bradley Cooper comedy. He is very much on the brink. And so, of course, he’s utterly knackered.
“It’s been a fun couple of years, but I’m due a break,” he says sleepily, when we eventually sit down for a chat. “I’ve got the next few weeks off and, mate, I’m going to enjoy that.” He’ll need to. The show that made his acting career will soon return, bringing more opportunities, far-flung film sets, awards show appearances.
And that’s before we even touch on his biggest role to date – a gigantic, ballsy career gamble that could yet torpedo the whole enterprise and see him surrender his relative anonymity for a life dodging paparazzi lenses, as well as fans looking to get spanking paddles autographed.
So, yeah. He may want to keep that inhaler close at hand.

Falling upwards

The neat version of the Jamie Dornan story presents him as something of an overnight success, striding from the world of modelling straight into the role of a lifetime. Of course, the truth is it wasn’t anywhere near that easy. Having acted since he was a schoolkid in Northern Ireland, Dornan’s two careers ran in tandem for a while, and his first major role came in 2006, playing a bewigged hunk in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.
In the years that followed that breakthrough he fitfully attempted to bulk up his IMDb entry but, looking back at his wayward mid-twenties as a very settled 32-year-old, he admits his heart may not have been truly in it. There were disastrous auditions (“I once attempted a Geordie accent, having never practised it,” he says in his decidedly Belfast burr. “I had to just walk out”), and few breakthroughs.
His big chance would come, surprisingly enough, not as a square-jawed hero, but as a cold-eyed villain. Allan Cubitt, the crime drama auteur behind Prime Suspect 2, had a vision for a murder investigation thriller where, for a change, the serial killer wasn’t the drooling loner in the overalls, but the good-looking family man and grief counsellor no one would suspect. Throw in an icily efficient detective-out-of-water, a grubby smear of Belfast police corruption, bubbling sexual politics, terrifyingly plausible home invasion scenes (plus the residual joy of spotting local Game Of Thrones actors in modern dress) and you had The Fall – one of the most electrifying, and audacious, new TV show concepts in recent years.
But without actors a concept is just that. And Dornan – twitchy and terrifying, pathetic and relatable – was a revelation as Paul Spector, the ladykiller who looks like, well, a ladykiller. And Gillian Anderson, on the trail of Spector as Stella Gibson (AKA Sarah Lund in a silk blouse), provided the perfect steely counterpoint to his convincing sadism. So did he always know he could be so creepy?
“I’m trying to think back to bad dates I’ve been on and what my feedback was,” he says with a laugh. “Was it ever, ‘He was creepy and I feared for my life?’ Obviously, I’m nothing like [Spector], but I think I’ve surprised even myself with the darkness that’s there.”

Murder inc

He did his homework, too, studying outwardly ‘normal’ real-life murderers such as Ted Bundy to a troubling degree. “I’m still carrying some aspects of it with me,” he says. “It always takes me a while, and it affects me. I’ve read a lot of horrific stuff.” How did he cope with having to go to those dark places on a daily basis?
“I didn’t find it healthy to occupy that headspace at all times,” he admits. “Also, I have quite a lot of energy and find it hard to sit still, but I’d made a choice with Spector that he is very still. So between takes I had to f*cking run in circles, run around corridors, scream constantly. It was probably really irritating, because I was going a bit mental.”
This primal off-camera approach clearly worked. The Fall was recommissioned for a second series – having ended on an agonising cliffhanger – amid reports that the show’s makers had filmed two different endings to hedge their bets. Dornan is quick to dismiss those rumours. “As if the BBC would fork out all that money for an alternative ending,” he chuckles. “It was a lie. I think certain people were disappointed with the ending, but the thing was, Allan went to the BBC and said he wanted 12 episodes, and they said, ‘We’ll give you five.’ Allan, who’s almost too intelligent for his own good, always knew that if the first five were received well, we’d get the chance to finish it off. Or keep it going.”
Grumbles aside, that final episode afforded an opportunity – albeit via a slightly hokey villain vs hero phone conversation – for the two leads to actually have a proper scene together. And, while the upcoming second series finds Spector on the run after a botched kill, Dornan hints that this may not stand in the way of more scenes with the “incredibly talented, but surprisingly daft and childish” Anderson.
“When I got the breakdown for the second series, I was shaking,” he says, choosing his words carefully in an attempt to not blow the plentiful surprises. “The scale of it has grown, there are twists and turns and there are moments [with Gillian] which I can’t say too much about. What’s fascinating about these guys, like Ted Bundy, is they feel they’re on a different level and can’t be harmed. Their arrogance is phenomenal.
“And that’s why it’s so interesting when you see Spector slip up. Cracks start to appear and Stella gets a bit of a foot in. That’s what makes it great television, and it’s probably explored slightly more in the second series. It’s what I love most about him. Obviously what he’s doing is horrific – pure evil – but we get to see a human, relatable side to him at work and with his family, which makes it more chilling to watch. You are literally thinking that it could be your next-door neighbour. And I’ve had people say, ‘He’s a sick bastard, but I kind of wanted him to get away with it.’”

Grey matter

It’s here that we come to one of the stranger aspects of The Fall kicking off a spate of Dornan-mania. Despite his stubbly good looks, you’d think playing a twisted killer who preys on innocent single women would hurt his dream boat status. Not a bit of it.
In fact, a brunette friend of mine, tongue only slightly in cheek, once proudly trilled about being “his type”. Has he found that playing a psychopath has, bafflingly, only increased his admirers? “It’s mad, but I don’t know if it’s about aesthetics,” he says, looking slightly embarrassed. “I think it’s just very clever writing, based on the layers he’s got and the moments we see in his personal life.”
Dornan may feel understandable discomfort around Spector’s standing as a hugely unlikely sex symbol, but he’ll soon be seen depicting a more conventional, if similarily warped, lust object. Late last year, after Charlie Hunnam abruptly left the role, Dornan was offered the chance to play Christian Grey in the film adaptation of EL James’s arse-spanking juggernaut Fifty Shades Of Grey. He had lost out to Hunnam initially but, with cameras due to roll, he was hauled from the set of Channel 4 drama New Worlds for meetings in LA, and offered a second chance at the horndog with the helicopter. 
“Usually with those things people say ‘Take your time’, but I didn’t really have a huge amount of time,” he laughs. “So you just call on the people that represent you and the people you love and collectively make a decision.” That mention of “people he loves” nods to the fact that his wife, musician and actor Amelia Warner, was heavily pregnant with their first child at the time, and probably not keen on uprooting to Vancouver so her husband could roll around on camera with Dakota Johnson. How did he package that one?
“Well, my wife is a brilliant, hugely understanding person,” he says. “Plus, she was an actress for 10 years, so she’s aware of what it’s like. A lot of people would have had a sh*t fit at 30-something weeks pregnant, hearing, ‘Darling, we’re going to Vancouver this week for four months – we’re going to have a Canadian baby and I’m going to do a film where, for parts of it, I will be naked.’ That’s a tough pitch, but my wife is an incredible person.”

S&M school

For his part, despite the last-minute nature of his casting, Dornan threw himself into it as best he could. He read the book and, off his own back, employed the services of an S&M expert to show him the ropes (knots, chains, handcuffs).
“It’s such a big part of the character that I wanted to know what I was doing,” he says with a smirk. “This guy came along with his submissive, I sat in the corner with a beer and watched. My driver was on the other side of the door, God knows what he thought.”  
And here we’re back to the gamble of leaping from a small critical hit to one of the strangest blockbusters (Mills & Boon with ballgags, The Notebook with nipple clamps) in recent memory. 
I remind Dornan that the Fifty Shades trailer is the most watched of 2014, and he suddenly looks quite pained, perhaps reminded of its looming hugeness. What’s more, you sense some critics are already lacing up their jackboots for it (months after our interview, Dornan returns to Vancouver for reshoots, as the internet burbles with talk of disappointing test footage and absent chemistry between Dornan and Johnson).
Dornan, it’s clear, has no regrets (“I’d have been mad not to do it,” he reasons) and is already looking to the future. There’s that Bradley Cooper film (a comedy in the world of elite chefs) and he keeps dropping hints about his role in The Fall, implausibly perhaps, having a life beyond this series (“If people want something, you want to give them it”), but more than that he wants to play golf, hang out with his daughter, see his wife.
In fact, Warner is on her way to meet him now, leaving me time for just one more question. I blurt something about the increasing pressure on leading men to be absurdly ripped. Has he found it hard? Training, avoiding carbs, pints and other vices? “Erm, I haven’t given up anything,” he says. “My only vice is crisps, but I can get away with that. I’ve never really found myself out of shape.”
And there I was starting to like him…
The Fall returns on 13 November, BBC Two at 9pm


Jamie Dornan: ‘I hated it when people called me cute’

The photo shoot done, Jamie Dornan is ushered away to a quiet corner of the studio by his publicist, who needs to brief him for five minutes on his international press schedule. Requests, requests. They do not concern the new series of The Fall, his sophisticated and critically acclaimed crime drama that starts again on BBC2 this month. They relate to the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey, which is not being released until February yet is already bulging over the 32-year-old actor like a heavy nimbus cloud.

We shall come to that. For now I watch him as he finds himself standing next to a vaulting horse. As he listens to his publicist, he takes hold of its sides and raises himself up, his 6ft frame forming a gravity-defying diagonal behind him in the air. Seeing this impressive gymnastic feat, the photographer stops packing away his camera and starts clicking again.

When the photographs are done, we walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch, and Dornan tells me it was just as well the photographer didn’t ask him to do a second take, because “I would have been crying in the corner if he had.” He broke his shoulder a few years ago, and “stupidly I put off having surgery on it until last year”.

He doesn’t realise he is doing these exercises half the time, he adds. In fact, he thinks he is “probably quite irritating to live with” because he has a condition which means his adrenaline levels are abnormally high, so he is always dropping to the floor at home and doing press-ups. “I’m quite hyper, and my wife [he married the singer-songwriter Amelia Warner last year] would prefer it if I sat down and read a book.”

In contradiction to this professed hyperactivity, Dornan has a languid delivery, with a crackly County Down lilt. His manner is composed, too. And he is open and self-deprecating, punctuating his conversation with an easy laugh. He even seems to wear his good looks lightly, behind a five-day beard. It’s sickening.

And it gets worse. With his spatchcocked chicken he orders a regular Coke. Really? Not diet? “Yeah, really.” He claims he doesn’t need to watch what he drinks and eats. Seems to stay in shape naturally. In fact he usually drinks beer, and opens a bottle of wine every night after helping his wife put their 11-month-old daughter to bed. And he eats “any old crap. I could eat 10 packs of Hula Hoops a day and not think about it.”

Dornan also claims that he doesn’t need to spend hours each day in the gym (do we believe him?), and that he feels insecure about his appearance.

And at this point we need a little context. For almost a decade, you see, Jamie Dornan was one of the highest-paid male models in the world. Dubbed the “Golden Torso” by the New York Times, he was photographed by Bruce Weber and contracted to Dior, Armani and Calvin Klein; for one memorable billboard campaign, he and Kate Moss posed together wearing nothing but their tight Calvin Klein jeans.

Did he feel objectified when he was a model? “At times, yeah; on the whole, no. I got lucky with that gig because quite early on I could be picky about what I did, where I did it. And because I was on contracts, I was working maybe 10 days a year and getting paid really well for it.”

He says “working”. Actually what he had to do most of the time was “lean against a wall while looking depressed”.

When I ask him how old he was when he first realised, to quote Derek Zoolander, he was “really, really ridiculously good looking”, he gives an off-centre smile and a shake of his head. “I don’t recall. I’m not sure it has even happened yet. I didn’t do particularly well with girls at school. I was always very young- looking. And my sister’s friends would always say: ‘You’re so cute.’ I fucking hated that. If you are a skinny, baby-faced teenager, the last thing you want to hear is that you’re cute.”

His mental picture of himself as baby-faced is the reason he usually sports a beard. “I feel uncomfortable without it. I find myself moving differently. I don’t like myself without a beard.”

OK, there’s one insecurity about his appearance. Any others? “My nose bends to the right.” It has been broken twice definitely, three times possibly – when his tennis coach “fired a fucking tennis ball in my face”, when a maul collapsed in rugby and when someone headbutted him in a Clapham pub.

Well, the camera doesn’t seem to mind the asymmetry. Nor does it have a problem with his beard, which we are about to see on our screens again when he resumes his Bafta-nominated role in the second series of The Fall. In this critically acclaimed drama – which has brought BBC2 its highest ratings in more than a decade – Dornan plays an eerily calm serial killer who stalks the streets of Belfast by night but who by day is a bereavement counsellor and loving father. And judging by the first episode of the new series, which sees his character return to Belfast after his escape to Scotland at the end of the first, it has lost none of its tension or darkness.

Part of its appeal, I suggest to him, is that the character he plays is chilling yet strangely sympathetic, because you see both sides of his life: the rapist and the family man. In a way it is his co-star Gillian Anderson, who plays the detective hunting him, who is the colder figure. “Yeah, you end up sort of gunning for my character in some sick way. You’re almost wanting him to get away with it. That’s what is so genius about the writing.”

Clearly he is proud of this drama. “I’ve always got The Fall,” he says as if to reassure himself. “No matter what happens in my career, I’ve always got The Fall.” And it has served him well, leading him to be cast in three Hollywood films due for release over the next couple of years – one in which he plays opposite Bradley Cooper, another in which he co-stars with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and a third, well, let’s talk about that third.

In the film adaptation of the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, Dornan plays the billionaire BDSM-enthusiast Christian Grey. The trailer was previewed online not long ago. It broke the record for the most hits: more than 100m in one week.

If it is this film he is alluding to when he says “whatever else happens in my career”, then that would be understandable, for it must be daunting having to live up to the expectations of 100 million readers. The only comparison in recent years is with Tom Hanks taking on the similarly popular Da Vinci Code – but he’s Tom Hanks; he can afford to take a gamble (and gamble it proved to be, because that film was a turkey). For Dornan, this is his first lead in a big-budget movie. And he was even told he had to shave his comfort beard off for the role.

“I am never going to please all 100 million people who read the book,” he says. “I’ll be lucky if half that number are happy with me playing Christian Grey. I know there are campaigns of hate against me already.”

It’s not paranoia – I checked online. And the critics are no doubt sharpening their knives as well. He rolls his grey snow-leopard eyes. “Yeah, there is a huge intellectual snobbery about the book. And it comes from all the papers that I like to read. The Guardian is my home page on my laptop, and the other day I logged on innocently and there they were having a massive go at the trailer for Fifty Shades and I was thinking: ‘Fuck, this is not good.’” He laughs. “But what can I do? I understand why those kinds of papers would have preconceived ideas about what it is.”

That it is just “mummy porn”? That it lacks literary merit?

“Yeah, all of that – but you have to give Erika [EL James] some credit, because whatever you might think of the prose style, 100 million is a lot of people. Are the literary critics saying those 100 million people aren’t very bright?”

Yep, that’s about the strength of it.

He laughs again.

“OK. Fair enough.”

Had he read it before he landed the role?

He shakes his head.

Had his wife?

“Nope. Because we are the types of people who have the Guardian as our home page. Look, the film is not the book. It’s an adaptation, and Sam Taylor-Johnson is an artist as well as an award-winning film director. Look at her track record. And look at the film studios behind it. Universal. Focus. All I can say is, wait until you see it before passing judgment.”

We talk about the whole Fifty Shades phenomenon, why so many women seem to have sadomasochistic fantasies. As part of his research he went along to a BDSM dungeon in Vancouver, where he watched “a perfectly sweet and normal woman” enjoying being spanked. “There may well be a repressed side to some women who long for that kind of thrill in their everyday life,” he says with a shrug.

When asked how graphic the film is, he pauses, weighs his answer. “You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out. You don’t want to make something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic.”

So no sex then? “Sam is a very bright woman, so there might be some suggestive elements to it, but I haven’t seen it at this stage, so it is hard for me to say. I’m aware of what we shot, and it wasn’t as if we shot a film without any action.”

Was he completely in the nude? “There were contracts in place that said that viewers wouldn’t be seeing my, um…”

Todger? He laughs. “Yeah, my todger.”

Not like Ewan McGregor, then. He has it written into his contracts that his must be seen, at every possible opportunity. The laugh again. “Does he? Well, maybe Ewan has a more impressive girth.”

On a more serious point, Dornan describes himself as a feminist – is he worried that the film will glorify sexual violence against women? “I think it’s very hard to argue that when it is all consensual. Half the book is about making contracts. Permission and agreement that this be done. There’s no rape, no forced sexual situations.”

And no, he didn’t find it a turn-on when he had to spank co-star Dakota Johnson. “Anyone who thinks actors get turned on doing sex scenes in films is mistaken. There are dozens of hairy men standing around, moving cables and lighting equipment. That’s not sexy unless you’re into being watched, which I’m not.”

Was his wife comfortable with him doing it? “She understands that it is work.” In fact she used to be an actor herself and the couple met through mutual friends in Hollywood. “I don’t think we will be watching it together too many times at home, though.”

Dakota Johnson has said she doesn’t want her parents to watch the film. “I don’t want Dakota’s parents watching it either!” he says.

He’s sure his father will be totally fine with it, but says: “I’m more concerned about my mates. More concerned about the ribbing I’ll get. We’re all quite harsh with each other, in a lovely, known-each-other-all-our-lives way.”

A lot of his friends from Northern Ireland now live in London, and none of them are actors. He insists that his glamorous life as a film star hasn’t had an impact on these friendships, that they still talk about ordinary things. That was one of the things he learned from his girlfriend of two years Keira Knightley: “There’s someone who still has great friends from her youth.”

Dornan is a hard man not to like. From a journalistic point of view, indeed, you almost wish he had some unpleasant personality flaw to balance things out. Rudeness to waiters, perhaps. But the going hasn’t been as smooth as it seems. Because casting agents thought of him as a model, he found it a struggle to break into acting, with hundreds of failed auditions. I ask what assumptions people made about him in his modelling days. “None, because I wouldn’t tell them I was a model. I’d always say I was an actor.” This said, he protests that he has “great respect” for the fashion industry. “But the fact that I lied about what I did proves that I mustn’t have been hugely comfortable with the label. I’m still haunted by the reaction my dad got when he told his friends what I did for a living.”

His father is a professor of medicine and one of Ireland’s leading obstetricians and gynaecologists. The life they led in Holywood, County Down, was decidedly “middle class”. Young Jamie attended a private school in Belfast, where he was more interested in rugby than academic work.

After his A levels were derailed by the death of his mother to cancer, he ended up going to Teesside University briefly, before dropping out to train as an actor and sing in a band, Sons of Jim. The band did quite well, appearing on television and supporting KT Tunstall on tour, but then his modelling career took off and everything else had to be put on hold.

I ask him about Belfast. It didn’t seem like a war zone to him when he was growing up. “There would be a bomb scare every Saturday, but that was about it.” Though he was raised a Protestant he never felt like one, and he says he has no time for the small minority who spoil it for the rest, with their “my Jesus is better than your Jesus stuff”.

When we discuss his mother’s death, he reveals a stoical side. “What can I say? It is an unimaginably horrible thing to happen to you when you are 16. I was at an impressionable age and was naive. I was angry at the start and I still get angry now sometimes. But my dad helped me get a perspective. My mum’s death made me more accepting of things, but the enormity of it still hits me in waves.”

With a lump in my throat, I say that it’s sad that his mother didn’t live long enough to see what became of her talented son.

“Well,” he says with a slow, knowing nod, “it’s probably just as well she didn’t have to see Fifty Shades.”





New Interview of Jamie with Daily Record + Bill Murray talks about Jamie

Nueva Entrevista de Jamie con Daily Record + Bill Murray habla sobre Jamie.

FIFTY Shades Of Grey Star Jamie Dornan might be giving ladies around the world hot flushes but the strapping actor used to be found sweating it out on the dancefloor of a Scots nightclub.

Jamie, who plays erotic billionaire Christian Grey in the forthcoming movie of the best selling book, was in Scotland to play the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and revealed that he used to be a regular at The Glasgow Garage club and student unions.

Coming off the 18th hole at Carnoustie he said: "I've done my time in Scotland. I spent a lot of time here with student friends. They were all in Glasgow so I had many a fun night in Glasgow. It's been a while now, probably about ten years ago, but we'd go to The Garage. That was one of the clubs and the students union was always a big one. I doubt I was a hit with the Scottish ladies."

Jamie, whose wife Amelia Warner gave birth to their first child in December, wasn't enamoured with his play on the course, despite his film character's reputation for er, swinging.

After joking we'd heard he was good at the sport he replied: "Who did you hear that from? This is my first time playing golf here and it's tricky out there. I'm hoping it's going to get easier but the rain is coming tomorrow so I doubt that. I was here in 1999 when Jean van Delvelde was having fun in the burn there and Paul Laurie took it home. I was 17 years old and stood here on the 18th green watching all this happen."

The actor who is more brooding than witty, admitted playing golf was bit of respite from his upcoming movie and TV work.

He said: "This week is a bit of a rest. I've got a lot going on and and have a job coming up in a couple of weeks so probably should be doing some work. I have to do a lot of prep cause it's a job like any other. I do slightly more strenuous things to keep fit but you don't get many tubby golfers. I don't know when I'll next be in Scotland but I always enjoy it. The genes are similar, We probably share some similarities - socially on the drink."

He added: "It's been good fun with Bill Murray. He's a legend with a great swing and he can't stay serious for too long and he was great company. It was jokes all round until I was hitting it so badly I couldn't really stand for jokes anymore. I'm now going to have a pint here or get back to St. Andrews where I'm staying to reflect and try to work out how to play golf tomorrow."

Bill Murray talks about Jamie: 

Bill Murray who couldn't wait to have a bowl of soup with maybe "half a pint of sherry in it" after his round of golf admitted that playing with Jamie wasn't as funny as it could have been.

He said: "Jamie is kind of the strong silent type and our conversations were interspersed like two amateurs kayaking across the ocean heading in separate directions and getting together back at the tee. He had a little more trouble than I had. He started strong and didn't have a lot of sleep. Because of the new baby he's sleep deprived."

La estrella de Cincuenta Shades of Grey, Jamie Dornan podría estar dando a las damas alrededor del mundo calientes focos, pero el actor utiliza para encontrarlo en la pista de baile de una discoteca escoceses. 

Jamie, quien interpreta a el multimillonario Christian Grey en la erótica película próxima del libro más vendido, estaba en Escocia para jugar en el Campeonato Alfred Dunhill Links y reveló que él solía ser un habitual en el Club Garage Glasgow y sindicatos de estudiantes. 

Saliendo del hoyo 18 en Carnoustie, dijo:. "He hecho mi tiempo en Escocia. Pasé mucho tiempo aquí con amigos estudiantes. Todos estaban en Glasgow así que tuve muchas noches de diversión en Glasgow. Ha sido hace un tiempo.,,. ahora, probablemente, hace unos diez años, pero nos gustaría ir al Garaga. Ese fue uno de los clubes y el sindicato de estudiantes siempre fue algo grande. Dudo que fuera un éxito con las mujeres escocesas."

Jamie, cuya esposa Amelia Warner dio a luz a su primer hija en diciembre, no estaba enamorado de su juego en el campo, a pesar de la reputación de su personaje de cine, balanceando. 

Después de bromear que habíamos oído que era bueno en el deporte, respondió: "De donde oiste eso? Esta es mi primera vez jugando al golf aquí y es complicado. Espero que valla a ser más fácil, pero hay lluvia mañana por lo que dudo. Estuve aquí en 1999, cuando Jean van Delvelde era que se divierte en la quemadura allí y Paul Laurie lo llevó a su casa. Tenía 17 años y me quedé aquí en el hoyo 18 viendo como todo esto sucedia ". 

El actor que es más inquietante de lo ingenioso, admitió que la práctica del golf era un respiro de su próximo trabajo en el cine y la televisión. 

Él dijo:. "Esta semana es un poco de descanso. Tengo mucho que hacer y tener un trabajo que viene en un par de semanas por lo que probablemente se debe hacer un poco de trabajo. Tengo que hacer un montón de preparación por que es un trabajo como cualquier otro. Hago cosas un poco más intensas para mantenerme en forma, pero no conoces muchos golfistas rechonchos. No sé cuando estaré en Escocia, pero siempre lo disfruto. Los genes son similares, probablemente compartimos algunas similitudes - social en la bebida ". 

Y agregó: "Ha sido muy divertido con Bill Murray. Él es una leyenda con una gran media vuelta y no puede permanecer serio durante mucho tiempo y  fue una gran compañia. Fue todo chistes hasta que yo estaba golpeando tan mal que no pude realmente soportar más bromas. Yo ahora voy a tener una pinta aquí o regresar a St. Andrews, donde me voy a quedar para reflexionar y tratar de encontrar la manera de jugar al golf mañana". 

Bill Murray habla de Jamie

Bill Murray que no podía esperar a tener un plato de sopa con tal vez "un cuarto de litro de vino de Jerez en ella" después de su partida de golf admitió que jugar con Jamie no fue tan divertido como podría haber sido. 

Él dijo: "Jamie es esa clase de tipo silencioso fuerte y nuestras conversaciones se entremezcla como dos aficionados en kayak a través del océano, ir en direcciones distintas y reunirse de vuelta en el tee. Tuvo un poco mas problemas de lo que yo tuve. Empezó fuerte y no tenía mucho sueño. Debido al nuevo bebé que se está privando de sueño".

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Q&A of Jamie in OK! UK Magazine about "The Fall" Season 2!

Q&A de Jamie en OK! Magazine sobre la segunda temporada de "The Fall".

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'I carry elements of him... I would scare myself'

Jamie Dornan tells OK!'s Lizzy Price about carrying anger around, filmin in his homwtown and taking on Hollywood

Jamie Dornan has a lot to thank The Fall for. The Northern Irish star turned his back on modelling and cut his teeth playing Paul Spector in the TV series last year -a brooding counsellor and family man with a sideline in pervesely murdering brunettes. The drama turned out to be an over night hit, becoming the highest-rated BBC2 drama in 20 years, and landed Jamie the most talked-about role of the year -dapper businessman and S&M enthusiart Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey.

"Of course, this job has totally transformed my professional horizons," he laughs at a preview of The Fall's second season, though he's forbidden to talk about Fifty Shades. The Fall - which also stars Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson - stars with Paul hiding in a Scottish bolthole, plotting his next atrocity as his last would-be victim tries to recall events back in Belfast.

Jamie, 32, was born in the appropriately-named Holywood, but now lives in London with his wife, 32-years-old singer Amelia Warner - aka Slow Moving Millie - and their ten-month-old daughter.

Here, at London's May Fair Hotel and fresh off the plane from Los Angeles - presumably honing his Tinseltown chops - Jamie talks about the series that's changed his life, unusual bedtime habits with his wife anda how playing a serial killer has scared him...

How much can you tell us about the new series of The Fall?
It's very exciting. We don't want the second series to be a continuation of the first. You've got to move it on and it went beyond anything I had in my head that's applicable story-wise. When Allan [Cubitt, the creator] first sent the script to me I thought he was showing off because it transcended eveything I thought it could be, and you'll see as the series goes on, I couldn't wait to do it.

How do you get into the headspace of serial killer?
I did so much of the initial of the horrible research in the first series. Allan wrote me a list of rotten books which I read in bed with my wife! You find a common thread between all of these guys you've read about but you don't try to cling to any of them too firmly, because I wanted to make him his own thing. There are plenty of interviews on YouTube with guys like Ted Bundy and they are totally fascinating, whether you're planning on playing a serial killer or not... But there's a time and a place!

Does playing Paul have any impact on you personally?
Definitely. You can't fail to be left lightly scarred by inhabiting someone like that for two seasons. I carry elements of him with me. In a worrying way, I find him relatable. I have to be careful how I use that but I have a greater understanding of why he is how he is. Towards the end of filming I would scare myself. My distate for things would up over time of playing him. He has such distate for everything except his project. You do carry some of that anger and that hatred, especially towards the end of three months of playing him. 

As a Belfast boy, how does it feel to be filming there?
I think it's a very cool decision to set it there. There's no necessity to, but why not? By doing that you negate the connotations of Belfast as a place of bitter dispute and violence and needless killing. Growing up, you have a sense of that and you're coloured by that but it's not what the place is about. I was relieved to read something that was set in Northern Ireland that wasn't directly involving The Troubles. It's genuinely refreshing. Belfast has never had a case like Spector - nor should there be!

Emma Watson delivered a moving speech on feminism last week and rallied for men to join in. Would you call yourself a feminist?
I don't think if you looked up all the main points of feminism I would tick every one essentially myself. I've never totally described myself as a feminist but I have values and I'm well aware what my character is doing is wrong. We don't see the show as misogynist and unnecessarily violent towards women. It's a depiction, but violence against women by men is a truth that occurs and we're trying to get to the bottom of why men do that rather than showing that brutatily for the sake of it. 

How much do you owe to The Fall as your breakthrough role?
It's changed my life. I've always considered myself a very loyal person and if Allan wants to keep writing Spector I'm in - if Spector is still around at the end!

The Fall season two begins on BBC2 this November.


'Yo llevo elementos de é asusta a mí mismo'

Jamie Dornan le cuenta a Lizzy Price de OK! sobre llevar la ira alrededor, filmar en su ciudadnatal  y tomando en Hollywood.

Jamie Dornan tiene mucho que agradecer a "The Fall". La estrella de Irlanda del Norte dio la espalda a la modelización y se curtió interpretando a Paul Spector en la serie de televisión el año pasado: un consejero melancólico y hombre de familia con una actividad secundaria en asesinar a morenas. El drama resultó ser un éxito durante la noche, convirtiéndose en el drama de la BBC2 de mayor audiencia en 20 años, y aterrizó a Jamie el que más se habla sobre el papel del año - el hombre de negocios apuesto y S&M entusiasta de Christian Grey en Fifty Shades of Grey.

"Por supuesto, este trabajo ha transformado totalmente mis horizontes profesionales," se ríe de un adelanto de la segunda temporada de The Fall, a pesar de que está prohibido hablar de Fifty Shades. The Fall - que también está protagonizada por Gillian Anderson como la DSI Stella Gibson - comienza con Paul escondido en un bolthole escocés, planeando su próxima atrocidad como su último aspirante a la víctima trata de recordar acontecimientos de vuelta en Belfast. 

Jamie, de 32 años, nació en el nombre apropiado Holywood, pero ahora vive en Londres con su esposa, de 32 años de edad, la cantante Amelia Warner - también conocida como Slow Moving Millie - y su hija de diez meses de edad.

Aquí, en Londres May Fair Hotel y fresco del avión desde Los Angeles - presumiblemente perfeccionando sus chuletas de Tinseltown - Jamie habla de la serie que ha cambiado su vida, sus hábitos de sueño inusuales con su esposa y cómo interpretar a un asesino en serie le ha asustado...

¿Cuánto nos puede decir acerca de la nueva serie de The Fall? 
Es muy emocionante. No queremos que la segunda serie fuera una continuación de la primera. Tienes que moverte y se fue más allá de lo que yo tenía en mi cabeza que es aplicable a la historia-sabia. Cuando Allan [Cubitt, el creador] primero me envió el guión, me pareció que estaba mostrando porque trascendió todo, pensé que podría ser, y verá como la serie continúa, ¡No podía esperar para hacerlo!.

Cómo se llega en el espacio superior del asesino en serie? 
Hice mucho de la inicial investigación horrible en la primera serie. Allan me escribió una lista de libros podridos que he leído en la cama con mi esposa! Usted encuentra un hilo común entre todos estos chicos con los que ha leído, pero no intenta aferrarse a cualquiera de ellos con demasiada fuerza, porque quería hacer su propia cosa. Hay un montón de entrevistas en YouTube con tipos como Ted Bundy y son totalmente fascinante, si estas pensando en interpretar a un asesino en serie o no ... Pero hay un momento y un lugar!

¿Interpretar a Paul tuvo algún impacto en usted personalmente? 
Definitivamente. No puedes dejar de ser dejado ligeramente marcado por habitar a alguien así por dos temporadas. Llevo elementos de él conmigo. De manera preocupante, lo encuentro fácil identificarse. Tengo que tener cuidado de cómo usar eso, pero tengo una mejor comprensión de por qué es como es. Hacia el final de la filmación me asuste a mí mismo. Me disgusto por las cosas lo haría con el tiempo de que interprete. Él tiene tal disgusto por todo, excepto por su proyecto. Tu si llevas algo de esa ira y odio, sobre todo hacia el final de los tres meses interpretandolo.

Como un niño de Belfast, ¿cómo se siente al estar filmando allí? 
Creo que es una decisión muy cool grabar allí. No hay necesidad de, pero ¿por qué no? Al hacer esto niegas las connotaciones de Belfast como un lugar de disputa amarga y la violencia y la muerte innecesaria. Al crecer, tienes un sentido de eso y estas coloreado por eso, pero no es lo que el lugar se trata. Me sentí aliviado al leer algo que tomo lugar en Irlanda del Norte que no fue la participación directa de los apuros. Es realmente refrescante. Belfast nunca ha tenido un caso como Spector - ni deberia!

Emma Watson pronunció un emotivo discurso sobre el feminismo la semana pasada y reunió a los hombres a unirse. ¿Te consideras un feminista? 
No creo que si miras a todos los principales puntos del feminismo me marque cada uno esencialmente a mí mismo. Nunca me he descrito a mí mismo totalmente como feminista, pero tengo valores y estoy muy consciente de lo que mi personaje está haciendo está mal. No vemos el show como misógino e innecesariamente violento hacia las mujeres. Es una representación, pero la violencia contra la mujer por el hombre es una verdad que se produce y estamos tratando de llegar al fondo de por qué los hombres hacen que en lugar de mostrar que la brutalidad por el bien de ellas. 

¿Cuánto le debes a The Fall como tu breakthrough papel ? 
Ha cambiado mi vida. Yo siempre me he considerado una persona muy leal y si Allan quiere seguir escribiendo a Spector estoy en el - si Spector todavía sigue alrededor al final! 

La temporada dos comienza en otoño por la BBC2 este mes de noviembre.


New Interview with Jamie & Dakota with M6 for "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Nueva Entrevista con Jamie & Dakota en French TV por "Fifty Shades of Grey".

Jamie: We obviously wish that the fans of the books will be fans of the movie as well.
Dakota: I think they will like it.
Jamie: We tried to be close to the characters in the book. And we created the characters how the fans wanted them to be.
Dakota: Both of these people have shortcomings, and…
Jamie: And failures...
Dakota: …and secrets.

Jamie: Nosotros, obviamente, queremos que los fans de los libros serán fans de la película también. 
Dakota: Creo que les va a gustar. 
Jamie: Tratamos de estar cerca de los personajes en el libro. Y hemos creado los personajes cómo los fans querían que fueran.
Dakota: Ambas personas tienen defectos, y ... 
Jamie: Y  fracasos ... 
Dakota: ... y secretos.



Outtake + Interview of Jamie from "Fabulous Magazine" [2012]

Outtake + Entrevista de Jamie en "Fabulous Magazine" [2012].

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Así, Jamie, ¿cómo has encontrado el movimiento en la actuación después de años modelando?
Jamie: La gente asume que si eres un modelo  no hay manera en que puedas convertirte en actor. Como un adolescente que quería ir a la escuela de teatro, pero el modelar tomo más grande de lo que esperaba, o tal vez querido.

Obviamente eres un hombre de muchos talentos - ¿no estas también en una banda?
Jamie: Sí, yo tenía una banda. Una terrible banda llamada Sons of Jim. Canté y toqué la guitarra y una armónica quejumbrosa.

De los tres, ¿de dónde viene su pasión realmente miente?
Jamie: Actuar, sin duda. Me hubiera gustado tener la banda más hubieramos sido buenos. Tienes que creer que eres la mejor banda del mundo para que funcione - incluso si no lo eres. Yo simplemente no creo en lo que hicimos.

¿Y cómo fue trabajar con la leyenda de Trainspotting Robert Carlyle?
Jamie: Bobby es una leyenda en todos los niveles. Sabes de un gran actor cuando es todo tan fácil.

Y  llega a llamarlo Bobby ...
Jamie: Nos unimos rápidamente - un montón de gente de Belfast y Glasgow hacen el porque son lugares similares.

Has conocido a un montón de otros famosos en su tiempo, como cuando trabajaste con Kate Moss, pero ¿has tenido alguna vez un golpeó de estrellas?
Jamie: Una vez vi a Wayne Coyne, el cantante de The Flaming Lips, en una cafetería de Nueva York. Ni siquiera le conozco, y yo estaba completamente golpeado por él. Es un tipo alarmante cool. También me atrevo a pensar en cómo iba a reaccionar si me encontrara a Eric Cantona. Yo he sido un fan del Manchester United desde que era consciente de lo que el fútbol era.

Cumples 30 el mes que viene - ¿cómo te sientes al respecto?
Jamie: Estoy muy emocionado! Aunque he disfrutado cada segundo de la vida en Londres durante mis 20 años, tengo más de actuación en fila y estoy cumplíendo profesionalmente y personalmente.

Personalmente, ¿eh? Entonces, ¿podemos asumir que no estás solo?
Jamie: Definitivamente no estoy solo. Estoy en una relación bastante seria en realidad.

Ooh, no lo digas!
Jamie: No.

Bien ... Así que aparte de su novia misteria y fabulosa (obvs), ¿con quién más te gustaría estar acurrucado en la cama ahora mismo?
Jamie: Animal de Los Muppets. Él es divertidísimo!

Es verdad. ¿Alguna vez has despertado en cualquier lugar extraño?
Jamie: Me he despertado en mi escalera, acurrucado como un gato, una o dos veces después de grandes noches fuera. También me desperté en el avión de Vancouver en el camino aquí, tal como lo anunció estábamos aterrizando en Londres. Había tomado un par de copas antes del vuelo y no me acuerdo de subir al avión, por lo que el despertar fue un poco de shock!

¿Recuerdas tu primer beso?
Jamie: Fue ese clásico de detrás de las vertientes de la bici en la escuela, cuando tenía 12 o 13 años, con una chica cuyo nombre no recuerdo.

Romantico! ¿Te han proposiciones por una fan?
Jamie: Me gusta el golf, y una chica en Twitter me pregunté acerca de jugar juntos. Ella me dijo que definitivamente me gusta el hoyo 19.

Eww ...
Jamie: Encanto hasta la médula. No le respondí.


So, Jamie, how did you find the move into acting after years of modelling?
Jamie: People assume if you’re a model there’s no way you can become an actor. As a teenager I wanted to go to drama school, but modelling took off bigger than I expected, or possibly wanted.

You’re obviously a man of many talents – weren’t you also in a band?
Jamie: Yeah, I did have a band. A terrible band called Sons Of Jim. I sung and played the guitar and a whiney harmonica.

Out of the three, where does your passion really lie?
Jamie: Acting, definitely. I would have enjoyed the band more if we’d been good. You need to believe you’re the best band in the world for it to work – even if you’re not. I just didn’t believe in what we did.

And how was it working with Trainspotting legend Robert Carlyle?
Jamie: Bobby’s a legend on every level. You know a great actor when it’s all so effortless.

And you get to call him Bobby…
Jamie: We bonded quickly – a lot of people from Belfast and Glasgow do because they’re similar places.

 You’ve met loads of other celebs in your time, like when you worked with Kate Moss, but have you ever been star-struck? 
Jamie: I once saw Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips, in a New York coffee shop. I didn’t even meet him and I was completely star-struck. He’s an alarmingly cool guy. I also dread to think how I’d react if I met Eric Cantona. I’ve been a Manchester United fan since I was aware of what football was.

You turn 30 next month – how do you feel about that?
Jamie: I’m really excited! While I’ve loved every second of living in London during my 20s, I’ve got more acting lined up and I’m fulfilled professionally and personally.

Personally, eh? So can we take it you’re not single?
Jamie: I’m definitely not single. I’m in a pretty serious relationship actually

Ooh, do tell!
Jamie: No.

OK… So apart from your mystery girlfriend and Fabulous (obvs), who would you most like to be snuggling up to in bed right now?
Jamie: Animal from The Muppets. He’s hilarious!

Riiiight. Have you ever woken up anywhere strange?
Jamie: I’ve woken up on my stairs, curled up like a cat, one or two times after big nights out. I also woke up on the plane from Vancouver on the way here, just as they announced we were landing in London. I’d had a few drinks before the flight and don’t remember getting on the plane, so waking up was a bit of a shock!

Do you remember your first kiss?
Jamie: It was that classic of behind the bike sheds at school, when I was 12 or 13 years old, with a girl whose name I can’t remember.

Romantic! Have you ever been propositioned by a fan?
Jamie: I like golf, and some girl on Twitter asked me about playing together. She told me I’d definitely enjoy the 19th hole.

Jamie: Charming to the core. I didn’t reply.

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ELVIS MITCHELL: Just when you thought you were done with me, there’s more.

JAMIE DORNAN: Oh God. What time will we speak tomorrow?

MITCHELL: [laughs] One of the things we didn’t talk about was that you are doing the horror web series Beyond the Rave [in which Dornan plays a soldier who spends his last night before shipping off to Iraq chasing down the love of his life, and getting pulled deeper and deeper into a circle of blood, evil, and electronic dance music].

DORNAN: Wow, we’re going to talk about that? [laughs]

MITCHELL: Yes, we are, because that’s one thing in which you get to run around and use some physical energy rather than remaining still. How’d you get involved with that one?

DORNAN: I met the producer at my sister’s wedding and was very fond of him. I liked what he was trying to do with the project, and after plenty of drink, I said I’d be involved. Then I was involved and it was a mad shoot. The whole shoot was a night shoot. I was sleeping all day, having no life, and then getting up, going to work at six in the evening and coming home at six in the morning—very strange. I don’t remember a great deal about that time. [laughs] But I made good friends. We were brought together through the lack of sleep.

MITCHELL: You’ve mentioned that you researched Ted Bundy in preparation for playing Paul Spector, the serial killer on The Fall—for playing that disconnect between his daytime life and his nighttime life.

DORNAN: Bundy’s a good example, in that no one around him knew that he was murdering lots of women. He kept that totally separate. It’s fascinating when you think of somebody you know—a friend of yours, a work colleague, or someone who lives next door to you—and on the surface, you have a regular, normal, placid relationship with them. You’re just totally unaware of what else is going on, which I thought was interesting for Spector. Bundy had two jobs in politics, was a law student, had steady girlfriends, and a good social group. When you watch interviews of him, it’s quite chilling how likable he is. He’s articulate and humorous, and definitely charming. But he killed dozens of young women. It would send you mad if you give it too much thought. It’s crazy that these people do exist amongst us; they don’t have to be some creepy guy with a scar across his face and a limp to be doing this kind of thing.

MITCHELL: Did it liberate you, to play Spector as charming, instead of as the archetypal serial killer—one of these guys who never speak and are really creepy?

DORNAN: A lot of that’s done for me, on the page, in [The Fall creator Allan Cubitt’s] mind. The occupation he’s given Spector, the family he’s given Spector, and the life he’s given Spector, I’m just trying to play that. What is creepy about that is the normality of it all. He’s a grief counselor, of all things. He has a wife and two kids that I think he loves. I think Allan would say that Spector’s incapable of love and therefore doesn’t love the kids. I would try to argue that slightly. I would say that he portrays a certain form of love, certainly to his daughter. In a way, I don’t think Spector’s that bad of a husband. He can be a bit despondent. And it’s crazy saying that, when you see what he’s getting up to, but I actually don’t think that negates the good qualities that he has as a husband and a father. I think he shows good qualities, despite the fact that he hunts and kills innocent women. It is all quite sordid. But I want to show how regular these guys can be.

MITCHELL: It makes me wonder if you have to find something about these guys that you—I’m not going to say “like”—but relate to.

DORNAN: I would go as far as to say “like.” I don’t think I’ll ever play a character that I don’t have some fondness for, or who doesn’t have some redeeming quality to me. I’m not sure I’ll play anyone more heinous than Paul Spector in my life, but I might, and I will only do that if I find something within him that is sort of acceptable. For Spector, despite all the horrendous acts, there’s something that I’m fond of in his character, and I think a lot of those characteristics in him that I admire, he uses for quite odious purposes. I wish I had his attention to detail, and his efficiency. [both laugh] I think you’ve got to learn something from every character you play. You’ve got to take something away, as an actor, as a person.

MITCHELL: Compared with some of the broken men you’ve played, Abe Goffe, in the continent-hopping miniseries New Worlds [a sequel to 2008’s two-fisted and equally hormonal, popular British action/political miniseries The Devil’s Whore, set during the English civil war], is almost a classic hero.

DORNAN: I think he’s broken, too. I see broken people as those who have been through hardship—whether it’s really ugly hardship like abandonment, abuse, something definitively life altering, like Christian Grey. Maybe in the second series of The Fall we will find out why Spector is the way he is—so I don’t want to say too much about that. But there are reasons for these people being the way they are, and that’s what drives them. I think for Abe, he felt an injustice was done to him. He was studying medicine when he was younger and couldn’t continue because his father was one of the guys who signed the death warrant of Charles I. So that spurred him on.

MITCHELL: Your physical confidence really comes into play with Abe. But then you often seem to find a way to physicalize these guys you play so that it makes emotional sense to you.

DORNAN: Well, the thing about Abe was there’s a lot of talk, and he is one of those people who talks with his fists. As time goes on, over the four episodes, he has a massive change where he actually realizes that maybe words are the way forward. But you meet these guys, in any time period, who are very headstrong. I have mates like that who are just fucking aggressive. They move a certain way, especially around other people, around new people. They bristle up a little bit. And I tried to draw on some of that for Abe. He isn’t comfortable with company outside of his very select few.

MITCHELL: Do you respond to really physical actors?

DORNAN: It’s a hard thing to define, “a physical actor.” Every role is physical to a certain extent, but as a viewer, I don’t respond well to actors doing more than they need to tell a story. I get really thrown by that, and pissed off. Now and again an actor will blow my mind by doing something really unexpected, like Mickey Rourke or Christopher Walken—you have absolutely no idea what they’re going to do, which is really thrilling to watch. And then there are actors who think they have the same quality of Mickey Rourke or Christopher Walken, and just look really busy. They’re doing lots of things, but they could just stand there and say the lines, and it would tell the story in a far more pleasing way for me personally. I find myself approaching it in a slightly less-is-more way. And once you get into something, once you’ve got those first couple of weeks out of the way, really mad or gallant things start to happen. With the second season of The Fall there is going to be more to him than I planned for. It’s been over two years—I haven’t stayed in his mind for the entire two years, don’t worry—but when I’m in it, I do feel very comfortable in his skin, and that can only lead to rare things happening.

MITCHELL: What did you and Sam [Taylor-Johnson, the director of Fifty Shades] talk about in preparation for you playing Christian Grey—somebody who, to the world, looks like he has everything? What physical abilities did you bring to him to play him with vulnerability?

DORNAN: I think there was so much more to Christian that we covered—someone who is careful to keep himself in shape, someone who spends obscene amounts of money on presenting himself. A lot of that work was done in the gym and with costume. We didn’t talk about particulars of the way he would move. But I’m quite awkward in a suit because I don’t have an opportunity to wear a suit very often, and this is a guy who lives in a suit—the best suit. That has to have an effect. But when you end up in a suit for 80 percent of the filming process, you become pretty comfortable with it.

MITCHELL: It’s kind of hilarious—Christian would probably study photographs of a guy like you to see how he should look. [both laugh]

DORNAN: Right. I guess.

MITCHELL: I find myself fascinated by these contradictions. And obviously, one thing you’ve got to love about acting is just the ability to lose yourself.

DORNAN: I want to keep an element of myself in every character I play. And maybe that’s connected to finding something that you like in every character. Maybe they coincide. I get that the job is to make people believe that you’re this guy, and the more you can kind of lose yourself in it … I don’t know what I’m saying.

MITCHELL: You’re probably tired of talking to me, I’m sorry about that. [Dornan laughs] But one of the things you’ve been able to do is find ways to surprise audiences—with Spector on The Fall, for example. Because audiences know him a little bit better now, do you want to find more surprises, or do you want to play on what you’ve shown people already?

DORNAN: Well, we’re going to see more of Spector, but in a slightly different light. I can’t say too much more than that. 

MITCHELL: But we’re old friends by now, you can tell me anything. [laughs]

DORNAN: Okay, so first shot, episode one, we find Spector … [laughs]

MITCHELL: Do you find it difficult to watch The Fall?

DORNAN: I don’t love watching myself, but I’ve seen it. I would love to watch it if I wasn’t involved. I love the story. So I sort of watch it for that reason, and because I think Gillian is so good. I don’t watch it going, “Wow, he’s good.” I sort of grin and bear my parts.

MITCHELL: How does it feel, going back and forth between film and TV?

DORNAN: I approach it all as the same thing. I’ve just finished watching True Detective, but I didn’t watch it thinking that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were acting for the small screen. I just thought they were fucking brilliant and giving epic performances. I think sometimes actors are drawn to good television because you have more time to sell it, you have more time to shape a character, and to tell a story, and that’s really appealing.

MITCHELL: Well, I know that you’ve got to jump on a Skype call now.

DORNAN: I can’t believe it. I’m so tired.

MITCHELL: Well, the good news is you won’t be talking to me.

DORNAN: It wouldn’t surprise me if you were on there, and your little face comes up in a wee box in the corner, just asking me the odd question in between me talking to this guy.

MITCHELL: If you see my face pop up—seek help! You need to sleep. Thanks again, Jamie.

DORNAN: Thanks, Elvis. Cheers, man.