Read Jamie's interview with T Magazine below
Jamie Dornan’s Killer Instincts
Say you’re a handsome young actor on the verge of breaking through, but you want to escape being known for being pretty. What do you do to rise above it and establish yourself as an actor in your own right? For Jamie Dornan, the answer was to play a murderer of women — and to do so very convincingly.
Dornan, whose acting career began with a small part in “Marie Antoinette” and includes a recurring role on the fantastical ABC series “Once Upon a Time,” describes his reaction to winning “The Fall” lead (opposite Gillian Anderson) in a single word: “Terrified.” He’d originally gone out for the part of a police investigator, and for a while he was convinced he was about to be fired. But Dornan, who prepared by boning up on the literature of psychopaths and serial killers like Ted Bundy, grew to enjoy playing “someone with that sort of rottenness within him,” he says. If anything, he got too deep into the part. “I wasn’t comfortable with the fact that I was saying ‘me’ and ‘I’ a lot” when discussing torture and murder, he recalls. “My fiancée had to keep saying, ‘Can you please stop?’ ”