In a new interview with The Guardian, the 32-year-old Irish actor looks back on the characters he's played -- specifically Paul Spector, the psychopathic murderer in the BBC2 series The Fall, and of course, Christian Grey -- and admits it "worries" him.
"I consider myself quite light-hearted, pretty easy-going, and I keep playing sick psychopath bastards!" he says. "It kinda worries me sometimes how comfortable I am in that zone."
To this day, the handsome former Calvin Klein underwear model still can't believe he's in the much talked-about adaptation of E.L. James' bestselling erotic novel.
"There are times when I’ll be like: 'Huh, someone made a Fifty Shades movie, that's funny.' And then I’ll be like: 'Wait, I'm the guy?!'" he shares.
Clearly, Dornan isn’t immune to his critics.
"You know, I'm not naive as to why people would think it was a bad [career] choice, or why there is a snobbery about it," he acknowledges. "But I'm also not stupid, and I knew with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson], and [cinematographer] Seamus McGarvey, the film would be in safe hands. And, you know, it does no harm to be in a film that makes half a billion dollars."
"That was always the plan," he comments when asked about continuing to play the role of Christian. "The plan was always for her [Taylor-Johnson] to do them, so hopefully that will happen. But I don't think it's going to be imminent."