Jamie Dornan in Evening Standard: Dating Keira Knightley Helped Me Deal With Stardom

Posted Friday March 14, 2014 2:35 PM GMT

He's gained more stardom since capturing the leading role in "Fifty Shades of Grey" and although fame can be intimidating, Jamie Dornan reveals he is ready to handle anything that comes his way.

In the latest issue of Evening Standard magazine, the 31-year-old actor chatted about his career and even revealed how his relationship with ex-girlfriend Keira Knightley helped him handle his sudden stardom.

Highlights from Mr. Doran's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Evening Standard!

On Keira:
“It was a strange environment to find yourself in, being hounded and followed. It’s really hideous. The paparazzi are cretins. There are so many ways to make a living that don’t involve hiding in bushes outside the houses of 18-year-old girls. That’s scrutiny when you’re older will be easier to take. And I don’t think I’m ever going to be as famous as her.”

On his views about being famous:
"I never felt massively satisfied from standing there while someone takes my photograph. It’s never given me a thrill. It would take a very foolish man to turn down the stuff that was offered to me. You’re in your twenties, and people are going to give you a silly amount of money to lean against a wall with your head down. F*** me, you’ve got to do it.”

On his career struggles:
“I mean f***ing hundreds of them. Some of them totally humiliating experiences. People attach too much to the idea of being a model, that you can only be a certain way to have done it. You will always be dealing with it. You’re an actor who used to be a model who never trained; there are not many directors queuing up. [When I was called back to ‘The Fall’] I felt shocked and bewildered and above all else very frightened. I was hungry to prove it was within my capabilities, but f***ing over the moon. They took a risk. I wasn’t who people were thinking of for that part. Right from the start the writer, Allan Cubitt, had this underlying belief that I was the guy, and I am massively thankful to him for that. But I feel like I f***ing earned it. I worked my d**k off for that role.”

On his friend's reaction to "Fifty Shades":
"A friend of mine said, 'I heard about Fifty Shades. Congratulations on that role. That's going to be disgusting. I won't watch it.'"

On his marriage:
"I don't know what the template is or what the parameters are. But I think I'm pretty decent at all that kind of stuff."

Photo Credit: Jason Hetherington for Evening Standard

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