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Addiction is a terrible thing.
– Jamie Dornan
I was a skinny guy growing up, and I still feel like that same skinny kid.
They do very classy, sexy television in the U.S. – and they pay a lot more, so there’s always that draw!
When I was younger, I thought maybe one day I’d be involved in sport in terms of career.
I’ve always needed to bulk up, so until the modeling took off I was ramming Big Macs down my throat and doing plenty of bodyweight work. I’m over the Big Macs now, but I’ll still drop down and do my press ups whenever I find the time.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an actor who isn’t a sex symbol somewhere.
Being a leading man can come in many different forms.
I think sometimes actors are drawn to good television because you have more time to sell it, you have more time to shape a character, and to tell a story, and that’s really appealing.
I can’t really do the running on hard ground that I used to do. Instead I go swimming as often as possible.
I’ve never felt massively satisfied from standing there while someone takes my photograph. It’s never given me a thrill.
I’d been auditioning for parts for years. I never got any better at it. I’m crap at auditions. I know there are people who can walk into those rooms and make those lines sing on the page and get the job immediately. I wasn’t one of them. I’m still not one of them.
I’m amazed if people are happy in their own skin.
Modelling doesn’t hold you back in L.A. at all.
People ask me what Gillian Anderson’s like to work with, and I have no idea!
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.
I want to keep an element of myself in every character I play. And maybe that’s connected to finding something that you like in every character. Maybe they coincide.
I could eat 10 packs of Hula Hoops a day and not think about it.
When I think of sex symbols, I think of posters my two sisters had on their bedroom walls.
There are so many ways to make a living that don’t involve hiding in bushes opposite houses of 18-year-old girls with a camera in your hand.
Because I used to play a lot of sport, I’ve always been in decent enough shape. When I used to get asked to do a bit of body work before a photo shoot I’d lie and say, ‘Yeah, I’m going to the gym.’ I literally never did anything.
Now and again, an actor will blow my mind by doing something really unexpected, like Mickey Rourke or Christopher Walken – you have absolutely no idea what they’re going to do, which is really thrilling to watch.
My wife is a brilliant, hugely understanding person.
Christian Grey – he isn’t a real person. He’s a superhero. A myth. He’s like Bigfoot! He’s unbelievable. He’s unattainable. There’s no actor in the world who could live up to that.
I grew up in a very liberal place.
Although just being employed as an actor is a big thing, I’m not sure I’d be satisfied playing the same character for 30 years; it’s not why I want to do this for a living.
I’m still not aware that I’m good looking.
I’ve never read anything set in Belfast that doesn’t involve the Troubles or something senseless over a flag.
I don’t like my physique. Who does?
My dad was a keen actor when he was young; my auntie is heavily involved in amateur dramatics back in Northern Ireland, and my great aunt was a woman called Greer Garson.
Every role is physical to a certain extent, but as a viewer, I don’t respond well to actors doing more than they need to tell a story.