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  Helen   November 26, 2020   0 Comments

Jamie Dornan was in lockdown with his family when he received a fan letter that was more than a little creepy. The star of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movies was sent “a collage of photographs of a kid,” with a note about his most famous role. “Someone saying that it was my kid, and my wife should know that I have this kid who’s 7 years old,” Dornan, 38, says over a Zoom call. He squints to absorb the weirdness of this allegation. “I think they were trying to say that the kid was mine and Dakota Johnson’s, and we’d had this baby while we made the first ‘Fifty Shades’ movie,” Dornan says. “It piqued our interest, let’s say. It was a bit freaky.”

Dornan learned all about freaky things when he suited up as Christian Grey, the sexually adventurous businessman based on the E.L. James books that became a cultural phenomenon. The first “Fifty Shades of Grey” film, released in 2015, catapulted Dornan from a character actor (best known for the BBC TV series “The Fall,” in which he played a serial killer) into a movie star. Next came two sequels, which concluded in 2018 with the cheesy “Fifty Shades Freed,” set in the newlywed days of Christian and Anastasia’s relationship. The snarky reviews didn’t keep fans from flocking to theaters: Overall, the trilogy grossed a whopping $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office for Universal Pictures.

Since then, Dornan has pivoted. Outside of a supporting turn in 2018’s “Robin Hood,”the Irish actor hasn’t gravitated toward studio material. “I love the energy of independent film,” Dornan says. “I love that sort of kick, frolic, scramble-to-the-finish-line every day, and you can take liberties and everyone’s in it together.” He especially appreciates the camaraderie with the crew on a small set. “No one’s getting paid what they have been paid, and we have to make this work,” he says. “It brings out the best in people.”

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  Helen   October 10, 2020   0 Comments

The Irish actor has a lot to say about his new fragrance campaign, and even more to say on the pandemic—find the whole scoop here.
It all begins in 2015: The BOSS The Scent collection by Hugo Boss is launched, followed shortly by the more feminine BOSS The Scent For Her in 2016. From there, further editions of the collection are added. However, our story starts in 2018. The launch of the Boss The Scent Private Accord was punctuated with a killer campaign featuring Jamie Dornan, the star of the 50 Shades of Grey franchise and Dutch model Birgit Kos—the perfect faces to capture the magic and allure of the collection.
Two years on, the magic continues with BOSS The Scent Absolute. Released in September of 2019, just before the pandemic settled in full force, this chapter of BOSS The Scent is the most intense to date.
The olfactory embodiment of both attraction and mystery, this latest his-and-hers pairing is the most intimate and most intoxicating yet. To learn more about the new campaign and delve a little deeper into Dornan’s reprisal as the face of BOSS The Scent, we sat him down for a quick chat.
Ahead, find his take on the BOSS fragrance family, sensuality and navigating the tumultuous pandemic.

Can you tell us your favourite thing about the BOSS The Scent fragrances?
The smell? (laughs) I’m sorry, that was a joke. I love the message behind the fragrance. When I wear it I feel confident, self-assured, masculine and sophisticated. You know, most things that you’d want from a fragrance; something that makes you feel like a heightened version of yourself. I feel that the BOSS The Scent fragrances give you exactly those feelings.

BOSS The Scent fragrances are deeply inspired by the art of seduction—what does sensuality mean to you?
It’s sort of a personal thing, sensuality. It means different things to different people, but I think sensuality is like a magnetism and a willingness to go somewhere with someone but still feel warm and comforted. That’s my version of sensuality— wanting to be in a seductive place with someone, yet still feel safe there. At least, that’s my vague way of summing that up.

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  Helen   October 09, 2020   0 Comments

Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan let the sparks fly in their first movie together, Wild Mountain Thyme.

The Ireland-set romantic drama from John Patrick Shanley, the Oscar-winning writer of Moonstruck, showcases the pair’s crackling chemistry, which was on full display when they spoke with PEOPLE about the project, out this December.

In Wild Mountain Thyme, Blunt, 37, plays Rosemary Muldoon, a headstrong farmer with a yearning for her neighbor, Anthony Reilly (Dornan, 38). Unfortunately for Rosemary, he is completely oblivious to her feelings for him. With his father (Christopher Walken) working to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is inspired to pursue his dreams — and perhaps a romance with Rosemary.

The film is based on Shanley’s own hit Broadway play Outside Mullingar, which received a 2014 Tony Award nomination for best play and starred Debra Messing in her Broadway debut as Rosemary.

In a PEOPLE exclusive first look at the romance, Blunt and Dornan discuss their love for Shanley’s screenplay, mastering region-specific Irish accents and taking a break from blockbusters to tell a more intimate story.

PEOPLE: How are you two?

Emily Blunt: We’re doing great. Jamie was just asking the question of… He literally was talking about what is nude these days and I was like, what do you mean? Is half nude considered nude? And then he got cut off by this really interesting fact he was about to tell me. These are the kind of conversations we seem to have. Pretty exciting.

PEOPLE: Jamie has a lot of experience with nudity, so.

Jamie Dornan: Oh, yeah.

Blunt: I have never seen him in those films. I only know him as the awkward and strange Anthony from Wild Mountain Thyme. I have never seen these films that you speak of.

Dornan: If you play your cards right, you’ll be getting them for Christmas.

PEOPLE: Well, why don’t we kick it off just with the chemistry you two obviously have? You two have good banter and you seem to be pretty friendly with one another. What was it like acting alongside each other and did you hit it off right from the start?

Dornan: So in my mind, Emily and I have met a couple of times before. I felt like we had connected in quite a strong way before and other real sort of meeting of minds, mutual respect. And then we arranged to have dinner. Emily’s sister and my wife are very close friends, and we arranged to have this dinner when we knew we were doing this job together. And Emily acted like, and actually said, that she’d never met me before.

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  Helen   August 03, 2020   0 Comments

One of our all-time favourite Irishmen, Jamie Dornan joins us for a chat all about his brand new film, Endings, Beginnings – created mainly from actor improvisation. We will also be hearing about how Jamie has been indulging in Fifty Shades of green in his country house during the lockdown, why he’s thrilled that homeschooling has come to an end and how he has enjoyed being at home with his children

  Helen   July 29, 2020   0 Comments

Dermot’s guest today is 50 Shades… star Jamie Dornan.
He’ll be talking about his new romantic drama, Endings, Beginnings. Jamie earned international recognition for playing Sheriff Graham Humbert in the series, Once Upon a Time, and serial killer Paul Spector in the crime drama series, The Fall.

In film, he has portrayed Axel von Fersen in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades franchise, and Jan Kubiš in Anthropoid

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  Helen   July 15, 2020   0 Comments

  Helen   April 17, 2020   0 Comments

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, Jamie Dornan was in New York, about to shoot a new TV series.

But as production shut down on “Dr. Death,” the 37-year-old actor flew back to his home in England, where he’s been in self-isolation with his wife and three children.

Dornan, the star of the “Fifty Shades” franchise, recently joined Instagram, posting a funny video with his face covered in blue paint for an upcoming role — a leap for a normally private person. This week, he’s been getting ready for the release of his latest film, “Endings, Beginnings,” a drama directed by Drake Doremus, which debuted at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival.

In the movie, Dornan plays an Irish writer smitten by a woman (Shailene Woodley) that both he and his best friend (Sebastian Stan) meet at a party. “Endings, Beginnings” is now available in homes on digital.

Since starring as Christian Grey in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Dornan has zig-zagged as an actor, choosing character parts in independent movies such as “Anthropoid” and “A Private War.” And he’s psyched about his first major comedic turn in “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” a comedy written by and starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.

Dornan spoke to Variety about “Endings, Beginnings,” which was largely improvised, and why he wasn’t typecast after “Fifty Shades.”

How did Drake Doremus first approach you for “Endings, Beginnings?”
I love Drake’s work. We were at the same agency so his name popped out a few times. And then we ended up doing an advert together. I did this Hugo Boss campaign, like a perfume campaign, and Drake directed it. We went to Azerbaijan four days before Christmas a few years ago, and we just hit it off. We were very much aligned in our thinking and approach to art, but also to golf. He’s a big golf fan.

And we were like, “it’s great to do this commercial and everyone’s getting paid and it’s a beautiful piece of work, but it’d be great to do a real movie together.” We played golf when I was in L.A. and became friends. He was always saying he had this project that he had in mind for me.

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  Helen   April 17, 2020   0 Comments

Please be aware that there is a slight spoiler that if you haven’t read other articles about the film you may not already know about

From co-writer/director Drake Doremus, the relationship drama Endings, Beginnings follows Daphne (Shailene Woodley), a 30-something woman navigating love and heartbreak while also exploring what she wants out of life. After finding herself attracted to best friends Jack (Jamie Dornan) and Frank (Sebastian Stan), for very different reasons, she ends up on a journey that will teach her more about herself than she ever could have expected.

During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Jamie Dornan talked about the experience of improvising his role for the length of the film, how he thought about running for the hills on the first night of the shoot, having a filmmaker like Drake Doremus to guide him, the love on set, what surprised him about his character, and what he thought of the way the finished film turned out. He also talked about how excited he is for people to see his first foray into comedy with Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar, with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, how he came to voice a character in Trolls World Tour, and what he’s looking forward to with his next project, Dr. Death, once he gets to shoot it.

Collider: It seems as though doing a film like this, where you essentially have a detailed outline and you’re improvising, would be equal parts exciting and terrifying for an actor. When this project came your way and you thought about that aspect of it, what was that internal back and forth like for you?

JAMIE DORNAN: Truthfully, the first night that we were shooting, I thought about running away, like running for the hills. I was just so frightened. I was so scared. I felt so at ease with the people, but then, I just thought about having to improvise. I’d done a little bit of improv before, in various realms, but never for a whole movie. There was also something about improvising and it not being comedy. Usually, it leads towards making people laugh. It was about doing it in a way that was truthful for the character and truthful in the response to who you’re in scenes with. Having not done it on that scale before, it was purely terror, at the front of my mind. It was only that first night, and then you find a rhythm with it. I found Jack’s voice within myself, fairly quickly, and then it was a joyous experience. I loved it. But, it was that first night. There was a 60-page skeleton script, where it would say, “Jack talks about why this happened.” And then, it was for us to make it up, on our own. For the first couple of takes, I said every single word that was in that skeleton script. I just said every suggested thing, and then (director) Drake Doremus came over, straight away, and was like, “Okay, forget everything in the script. You have to find your take.” I was like, “Oh, shit, okay.” That’s when I nearly ran for the hills

Now that you’ve seen the finished film, how different did this turn out from what you thought it might be, when you started? Because you really did get to explore this in a way that you don’t usually with a film, did it feel like the movie that you thought it would be, or did it feel very different, in any way?

DORNAN: I’ve never watched a movie before, where I had no idea what was gonna happen. There were so many ways in which we performed every scene. It could have been edited so many different directions, so that was an interesting thing to watch, for the first time. I feel like it definitely has as much love and hope and spirit as was in that skeleton script and the conversations that I had with Drake, very early on, and all of the feelings that we had on set, with Shailene [Woodley] and I and Sebastian [Stan]. There was a lot of love on that set. It felt like we were all in this mad experience together, and I feel like that did come across. So much of that is Shailene Woodley. It was so incredible to watch her do her thing. There’s not a second in the movie that she’s not it. It quite literally is just her. She’s carrying this whole thing, and it’s a lot. Emotionally, there’s a lot going on, and there’s so much going on in her character’s story. I thought the way she handled that quite beautifully ended up being portrayed in the final film. I was very aware, when I was doing those scenes with her, how beautiful her work was, and I think that came across in the final cut of it

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  Helen   April 08, 2020   0 Comments

A brand new shoot that was taken during the Hugo Boss promotion in Amsterdam back in November has been released today, which was accompanied by a new interview. The full thing can be read below the cut and the photoshoot can be accessed by clicking on the images below

Jamie Dornan tells Louise Wise why pushing boundaries is part of his DNA
The Risk-Taker

The day I meet Jamie Dornan, the Northern Irish actor admits he did a personality test online that very morning, for fun. “The test said, ‘Are you someone who likes to take risks?’ And I ticked ‘Strongly agree’,” says the Belfast-bred 37 year old. He didn’t even have to hesitate. “I feel like I’ve probably always been like that. Not in some sort of reckless way. But I guess I’ve always liked testing boundaries a little bit.”
That is one way to put it. In the three mega-successful Fifty Shades movies, adaptations of E.L. James’ erotic novels, Dornan set hearts a-flutter and knees a-knocking as the infamous Christian Grey. In the BBC’s hit series The Fall, meanwhile, he was even more unsettling as a worryingly sympathetic serial killer. And in 2020 we’ll see him pushing more limits, admittedly in a different vein. In one upcoming film, he has to improvise most of his dialogue; in another, he tries out comedy. Both are scary firsts for him. And then there’s that unexpected cameo in.. Trolls World Tour.

“I kind of asked to be in that,” laughs Dornan, straight after his photoshoot for EDITION – he has an easy, jokey manner which immediately balances out the fact that he is, let’s face it, intimidatingly handsome. The reasons for the request aren’t hard to find: he has three young daughters who are “just obsessed” with all things Troll, and he knew he’d get brownie points back home to star in this animated movie sequel. “I was like: ‘I’ll do anything. I don’t even need a line!” (To be clear, though, he does have some – as Chaz, a “troll who loves jazz”.)

If Trolls may seem the unlikeliest addition to his CV, it is also very Dornan: unpretentious, down-to-earth, and ultimately family-minded. Also, he knows by now to trust his instincts. Over the past decade he has steadily carved out a career in film and television, after making that tricky transition from being one of the world’s most sought-after models. He still does modelling work selectively, becoming the face of BOSS The Scent last year, but he focuses primarily on acting (other acclaimed film credits include Marie Antoinette, Anthropoid and A Private War).
“I like people who are a bit more linear and direct and know what they want,” he says, describing why he ultimately prefers acting. Modelling can be fun, he says – and he’s always sure to thank those who helped him on his way – but “you know, long conversations about your hair being ‘sexy, but smart – but not too smart and not too sexy…?'”. He opens his eyes wide. “There’s just a lot of faffing about, which I struggle with.”

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  Helen   February 28, 2020   0 Comments

A brand new photoshoot taken late last year when Jamie was in Holland to promote Hugo Boss The Scent Absolute, has been released for the March/April 2020 edition of Esquire Netherlands. A few images from it which have already been released have been added to the gallery along with scans from his interview, thanks to Aimee. The images from the shoot will be replaced with higher quality versions if/when they become available. Until then, enjoy!


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