Sunday, February 24, 2019

Q&AThe Many Shades Of Jamie Dornan

Actor Jamie Dornan's career is on a roll, with two movies''A Private War' and 'My Dinner With Herv'''about to be released, after the conclusion of his successful 'Fifty Shades' trilogy. In each of these new films he plays a journalist, an Iraq war photo journalist in one and in the other, covering the tragic life of French midget actor and painter, Herv' Villechaize, who didn't deal with fame all that well. Here we chat with Dornan about his tryst with fame and his association with watches, including his Omega Seamaster timepieces

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Fame affects people differently. How would you say it has effected you?

It is fair to say that Hervé did not deal with fame particularly well. He made a lot of bad choices. I don’t think anyone tells you what it’s going to be like. I think that it’s an issue in the industry, dealing with overnight success. The series Fantasy Island brought him instant fame and wealth, and he did not know how to deal with it. With me, I’ve been lucky in that a more widespread recognition of my work happened when I turned 30. I did my first series when I was 29 and that was the turning point in my career and I was very thankful that it happened then, because if I was 20, I might not have dealt with it in the right kind of way. I don’t care what anyone says, you’re an idiot when you are 20. I look back now to when I was 20 and I had a lot of fun and stuff, but I was probably levelheaded. I don’t think that enough is done with the actors who are in their teens and have their own TV shows and I don’t think that some agents do enough to protect these kids. But I was lucky when all that stuff was happening to me, I was 30, I met my wife and started a family and all these normal things were happening to me that coincided with all the mad things that are happening with my career. I guess that I was just lucky.

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Jamie Dornan is best known for his role as Christian Grey in the ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ trilogy that ended with the third installment earlier this year. He’s seen here in the poster of the film with co-star Dakota Johnson.

Talking about fame, what is the weirdest fan request that you have had?

I’ve had some tricky ones. I had one after I played golf. It was weird. I don’t know if you have ever seen Happy Gilmore, where a woman asked for her breasts to be signed. I had that happen to me, but I didn’t do it. I was so aware, actually aware of how the photograph looks, especially if you got a particular angle. So I was like, I respect you want to do that, but I’m going to have to respectfully decline. I signed the book instead.

You seem like a very polite and considerate person. Has it ever come back to bite you on your rear?

Being a polite person can sometimes get you into a lot of trouble. If you are in the public eye in any sort of respect, a lot more is asked of you than if you weren’t. And I think I’d find myself saying yes to things that in hindsight maybe I should have said no to. I feel that I’m quite good with my time and helping people out in charitable ways. I try to be good about that, but sometimes it can take you down the wrong paths that you really don’t want to be on.

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In the Fifty Shades films, Dornan was often seen wearing Omega timepieces, such as this Seamaster Aqua Terra in steel with a brown leather strap

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May we recommend: The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra in steel and gold. This 41mm watch, water resistant to 150m, houses an automatic movement that offers a power reserve of about 60 hours.

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Even on the sets of the film, Dornan was spotted wearing Omega. In this candid, behind-the-scenes photo, he is wearing an Omega Seamaster in steel and blue

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May we recommend: The Omega Seamaster Diver automatic watch. This timepiece comes in a 41mm steel case, water resistant to 300m. The automatic movement offers a 48-hour power reserve.

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With your heavy movie schedule, balancing family, and charitable work, what does time mean to you?

For me time means finding the time to spend with my family. I would say that that time is precious.

And speaking of time, what is your preference in watches?

For our third wedding anniversary (third is leather) my wife and I gave each other vintage Omega Seamaster watches. I gave her the 1986 edition and she gave me the 1972 Omega.

Why did you choose Omega?

Well, the Omega watches are very iconic, they are elegant, sporty and sophisticated. So they can always be worn.

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Dornan, wearing a blue Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra, sitting with actor Daniel Bruhl and model Toni Garrn at the Hugo Boss show, New York Fashion Week spring/summer 2019 in September this year

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May we recommend: The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra with a soft blue dial and blue rubber strap. Powered by an automatic movement that offers a 60-hour power reserve, this watch comes in a 41mm steel case, water resistant to 150m.

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Dornan has also been spotted wearing watches from other brands, such as this Breitling Navitimer 1 chronograph

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May we recommend: The Breitling Navitimer 1 chronograph with the slide rule. Set in a 41mm steel case, water resistant to 30m, this timepiece runs on an automatic movement.

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What else would you say is your idea of luxury?

My luxury is Hugo Boss. I’m the ambassador for the brand’s luxury scent. It’s masculine and sensual.

Jamie Dornan
“My luxury is Hugo Boss. I’m the ambassador for the brand’s luxury scent. It’s masculine and sensual.”

With such a heavy schedule as yours, what do you do to keep fit?

The madness of getting two tiny people ready for school and nursery in the morning is all the fitness that you really need in a day, My wife is actually away at the moment, so I had to get them ready before I came here, when I’m at home it’s exactly that, I’m a husband and a father, and that is all-encompassing. And it’s the role I take most seriously. It’s the only role that really matters to me in life. I love doing this (acting) for a living and you can go on a very meaningful journey and give a lot of your soul to things. And sometimes it touches people in nice ways and sometimes it’s purely entertainment, job to job. Essentially it’s a job to me, but my real life is at home. We live in the countryside, a couple of hours outside of London and that’s a choice that we’ve made for the children to give them space to have a normal life away from the flashing lights. We just prefer it that way and it’s quieter.

Jamie Dornan
“I’m a husband and a father, and that is all-encompassing. And it’s the role I take most seriously. It’s the only role that really matters to me in life.”

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