Jamie Dornan recently admitted that he can get rattled by bad reviews from critics.
Film critics weren't exactly praiseworthy when Fifty Shades of Grey came out last year, particularly about his performance as Christian Grey. Now, the actor admits that some of the comments made about him were "horrific," even if it was just critics doing their jobs.
"There were some horrific things said about me after Fifty Shades," Dornan says in a new interview with Yahoo. "I mean the critics? They're just being honest, you know; they're doing their job like we're trying to do our jobs, and so they're totally entitled from where I stand. The only time I get ruffled by bad reviews or whatever is I just feel bad for all of the people working their balls off to make movies, and then someone else will just say, 'Well, that's shite.'"
Dornan fully admits that earlier in his career he wasn't necessarily trying as hard as he is nowadays.
"I back myself as an actor," he notes. "I do believe that I can do it, and I'll continue to try and prove that. I've always sort of wanted to be an actor, but I didn't really give a f- to be honest early on; I wasn't very committed to it, I was lazy. Now I surprise myself in terms of how much I care about it. I think I just didn't realize quite how much I wanted to do it."
In addition to his role as Christian Grey, Dornan is stealing the show on the TV series The Fall, where he plays serial killer Paul Spector. It is decidedly more serious work than the often-mocked Fifty Shades of Grey series, and Dornan hopes some of those fans will consider watching him in The Fall.
"I don't know what Fifty Shades fans think of Paul Spector and the two series are nothing alike, obviously, but I think there's probably lots of people who watch 'The Fall' because of 'Fifty Shades'," he says. "If 'Fifty Shades' has opened more eyes to 'The Fall', then that's only a good thing for all of us."
The Fall is currently available to stream on Netflix, while Fifty Shades Darker, the second film in the franchise, will be released in theaters on Feb. 11, 2017.