Emily   November 02, 2014   0 Comments

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”.
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  Emily   November 02, 2014   0 Comments

I’ve added outtakes of Jamie from a photoshoot for The Observer to the gallery! This is probably one of my favorite photoshoots Jamie has done!

Edit: I have replaced the photos with HQ ones now!

  Emily   November 02, 2014   0 Comments

I have added two photos from a photoshoot Jamie Dornan did with co-star Gillian Anderson for The Daily Telegraph and scans from the issue to the gallery.

  Emily   October 30, 2014   0 Comments

I’ve added two episode stills from the first episode of the second season of “The Fall” and three photos from the promotional shoot to the gallery!

  Emily   October 27, 2014   0 Comments

I have added photos of Jamie out with his wife Amelia and their daughter in Vancouver, Canada to the gallery!

  Emily   October 26, 2014   0 Comments

  Emily   October 26, 2014   0 Comments

Thanks to @Shades_Blog, I have added HQ scans of Jamie featured in the October 24th issue of eNews Magazine to the gallery!

  Emily   October 25, 2014   0 Comments

Fifty Shades of Grey Fan put up two exclusive videos of Jamie filming Fifty Shades of Grey on October 13th. You can watch them below!

  Emily   October 24, 2014   0 Comments

  Emily   October 24, 2014   0 Comments

RTÉ One released a few teaser videos for the second season of “The Fall!” You can watch them below!