Earlier this week Interview Magazine published an interview they did with Jamie Dornan. I’ll provide you with a few highlights, but it’s an interesting interview if you have time to read the whole thing.
The first impression I got of Jamie Dornan from the interview is that he’s a humble person, he admits he’s not good at auditions and that he still thinks of himself as a skinny teen. Even years of modeling and being nicknamed the “Golden Torso” have not changed this very human reaction to have a different view of your body than everyone else does. Jamie, if you’re reading this, you’re body is just fine!
Jamie talked quite a bit about acting, I like what he said about how he likes to play characters, it shows a certain method and professionalism to his taking on a role:
He attributes his measured onscreen quality to preferring actors of the less-is-more approach, citing Al Pacino’s Michael in The Godfather and connecting that to the pantherish calm that Robert De Niro employed as Michael’s father in the sequel to the Mafia classic. “I don’t want to be showy,” Dornan says. “I’m not interested in seeing that, and I don’t want to do it.” He suggests that the quiet he performs rises from the types of men he’s taken on. “I’ve played a lot of broken people. Maybe the silences are about the different kinds of vulnerability in all of them.”
I can see this style in his portrayal of Paul Spector in The Fall and I think it will suit playing the character of Christian Grey too since Christian is so contained. It will also allow Jamie to easily amplify the times when Christian comes out of himself with Ana.
But my favorite part of the interview is him talking about how he basically grilled (or professionally fan boyed) Jean Simmons on the set of Shadows In the Sun. The dialog illustrates an important element of Jamie, that he learns from others around him and since he’s worked with quite a few experienced actors over the years, I like to think he’s picked up some good tips to make a long and successful career.