DaMan: Rachel, we’re excited to see you in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Tell us a bit about your character Andrea.
"Andrea is Christian Grey’s assistant.
She’s smart and capable. She’s also blonde and, therefore, not
his physical type, which frees her to have a strictly professional and
platonic relationship with him unlike most of the other female
characters. This means she has an interesting female role in the novel
DaMan: Why do you think “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become such a worldwide phenomenon?
"Knowing your audience is very important, so starting as “Twilight”
fan fiction gave it a base before it was even published. To be honest,
while I was aware of the story, I hadn’t read any of the books prior to
being cast in the role."
DaMan: Just how heavy has the weight of expectation been?
"We shot the movie over a year ago and I had to
keep my casting a total secret. I couldn’t even tell my friends, so it
hasn’t seemed real up until now. When the trailer came out, I think
that’s when the magnitude of it hit me because my face was seen by over
200 million people in one day! Having said that, you can’t get too
caught up in the hype or you run the risk of being swept away. I’ve
learned that the entertainment business is a moving target, and I just
try to keep focused on the moment I’m in."
DaMan: Jamie Dornan plays the irresistible Christian Grey. What makes him the right man for the job?
"Aside from his considerable skill as an actor—watch TV drama “The Fall” and tell me you aren’t impressed—have you seen him? Yup. Next question! [Laughs]"