Jamie Dornan is grateful for Fifty Shades of Grey but he does not exactly seem thrilled by his status as a "hunk."
Dornan has risen to prominence through his portrayal of the handsome yet twisted Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades series. Yet, the actor is now admitting that he would prefer for his TV work to be what he is known for, rather than as a hunky actor in a blockbuster.
"There are worse things to be called," Dornan told The Irish Sun in a new interview, discussing his hunk status. "But I guess there's a part of me that wants to be recognized for something like my TV show work."
Dornan plays another twisted character on the British series The Fall, playing serial killer Paul Spector, a role to which he truly devoted himself.
"'The Fall' is so engrossing and I threw myself so hard at this project. I get so deep into the heart of this terrible person," he admitted.
"But the 'cute' thing, I haven't taken well to," he added. "It's an issue I've had since I was a kid. I was a very skinny and very young looking as a boy and I wanted my sister's mates to fancy me. I wanted them not to see me as their friend's cute little brother. I wanted to be looked at as a bearded, rugby-playing man."
Dornan also admitted that he doesn't particularly enjoy going to the gym to get all buff for Christian Grey or even Paul Spector.
"I don't enjoy it massively and it takes up so much time, going to the gym, when I'd rather be with my two young kids," he said. "I never watch what I eat - I am terrible about that. But 'Fifty Shades' changed my life in certain ways. A lot of people know who I am as a result of it."
Dornan noted that through his experience in Fifty Shades, "It opens doors in the industry and I have to be honest, if you're in a movie that makes over $500 million at the box office, it does help your career."
Fifty Shades Darker is scheduled for release in theaters on Feb. 11, 2017.