While most Jamie Dornan fans know the Irish actor as the boyish billionaire Christian Grey from the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, he really got his big break during the early aughts as a fresh-faced Hugo Boss model. Amassing campaigns posing for the likes of Dior Homme, Levi’s, and Armani, Dornan famously appeared in a gritty, black-and-white Calvin Klein campaign with Kate Moss back in 2005, leading one publication to dub him “The Golden Torso.”
Despite putting his modeling days behind him, Dornan was willing to make an exception for Hugo Boss, fronting the latest fragrance ad for Boss the Scent Private Accord in a full-circle moment for the brand. He also has three films on the way, co-starring with Hollywood heavyweights Peter Dinklage and Rosamund Pike in My Dinner With Hervé, Robin Hood, and A Private War. Here, CR caught up with the actor to talk about his aversion to social media and reflections on his past modeling days.
What attracted you to Hugo Boss and this fragrance in the first place?
“The bottle! [Laughs] No, I’ve got a bit of a long-standing relationship with Hugo Boss, when I was modeling I did four campaigns for [them] dating back to 2003. They asked me and I thought it would be a cool collaboration. They had quite an ambitious plan about how they wanted the campaign to look and Drake Doremus, who is a really great movie director, wanted to do it in an artistic, cool, and sensual way.”
You got your start as a model. Would you ever go back to the industry?
“Yeah, I definitely don’t miss any aspect of it. I didn’t really particularly enjoy it. I enjoyed traveling and I enjoyed spending a lot of time in this city and it suited me being in my 20s, running around New York and not feeling like I had a great responsibility. But it’s all changed now, because my [acting] is a little bit more serious. It’s still not a serious job in a way. But, [modeling] was a period of my life that I’m grateful for and I learned a lot and got to see a lot of the world and met some very cool, talented men and women. The actual act of having my photo taken is not something I enjoyed.”
In the campaign you wear VR glasses, but you’re not even on social media in real life. Is there anything you miss about it?
“It’s like a window into how horrible people are. [Chuckles] I’m not saying that there isn’t good that comes out of social media, but, for the most part, it’s just a platform for people to be really bad. I started to see it like that and it wasn’t something I wanted to be a part of. When you have kids, you want to give any free time you have to them. I didn’t want to be on my phone, reading horrible things about myself and invariably going and looking up shit.”
So, you have no plans to return to Instagram?
“I have an idea for an account that has nothing to do with me. I wouldn’t get verified but just make some fucking weird account where I take pictures of weird shit. I don’t know! I don’t have any plans to.”
What was it like working with Peter Dinklage? Are you a Game of Thrones fan?
“I have never seen Game of Thrones but I’m a big admirer of Peter’s work, outside of it. I feel like I’m in GoT because they shoot in Belfast where I’m from. A lot of the crew who worked on it also worked on The Fall, which I did for five years, so everyone’s wearing GoT jackets all the time, so I’m feeling like I’m a part of it.”
Did you enjoy working with Dinklage on the set of My Dinner With Hervé?
“It’s this madcap story of these two people who get put together in quite bizarre circumstances and end up having this insane night together that changes both of their lives in different ways. It was just him and I together riffing off each other and I love him very dearly. [Peter’s] just very cool and [we] certainly get along very well.”
What was it like playing a journalist in The Private War?
“All forms of journalism are important but for depicting a war it’s something I’ve always found very intriguing. I’ve always been into very arresting imagery from wars. Sometimes it takes a very jarring image to stop people and attract them and say ‘Shit, this actually worse than we thought and we should be doing more.’ I’m quite into photography anyway, so I thought it was cool to learn more about. Paul Conroy, who I play, doesn’t take analog film, so we had him on set with us the whole time. He taught me a lot about how to shoot on a very particular digital camera that he was obsessed with. What those people put themselves through, to give us the news in conflict areas, it was unfathomable, really. They are really proper heroes.”
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