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FROM 'THE FALL' TO 'FIFTY SHADES OF GREY'
'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.
Thanks to FiftyShadesFan for the scans.