Actors go to great lengths to get inside the minds of their characters. But Jamie Dornan may have gone a little too far: He stalked a woman on the subway.
Dornan had a chat with Los Angeles Times recently, in which he hesitantly revealed the secret to his chilling portrayal of serial killer (who isn’t too different than Jamie’s Fifty Shades character) Paul Spector in the Netflix series The Fall.
“The first series, I did do a couple of things to try to get inside (his mind). On the tube, which is our underground system…Can we get arrested for this? Hold on… this is a really bad reveal. I… (stalked) a woman off the train one day to see what it felt like to pursue someone like that. It felt kind of exciting, in a really sort of dirty way. I’m sort of not proud of myself.”
Naturally, people aren’t too happy about Jamie Dornan’s confession.
Omg someone's following me. Oh wait, it's just Jamie Dornan preparing for a role http://t.co/5jbmeol7qh— Megan Gibson (@MeganJGibson) April 1, 2015
Jamie Dornan likes to stalk women for "method acting". That's cool I guess. More power to his wife and kid (?). I don't like being followed.— JillianT (@WishIWasAMoon) April 1, 2015
Jamie did ease our fears a bit by clarifying that while he technically stalked someone, he kept his distance. Less comforting is the fact that Dornan followed her for a few more blocks, long after she reached her stop, the New York Daily News added.
On the bright side – and his publicist could disagree that there even is one – Jamie said that temporarily being a stalker helped him better understand the murderous Spector, a husband and father who enjoys tying up his victims before killing them.
“But I do honestly think I learned something from it, because I’ve obviously never done any of that. It was intriguing and interesting to enter that process of ‘what are you following her for?’ and ‘what are you trying to find out?’”
The Fall will return to Netflix for a third season, but Dornan has said before that he doesn’t want to play a serial killer for long because it could damage his image, US Weekly added.
“You don’t want to be in that headspace all the time. Certain actors would but I remember thinking I was in over my head when they cast me. I don’t want to play a serial killer for the rest of my life but this will change perceptions of who I am.”
However, the revelation that Jamie stalked a woman is still raising a few eyebrows.
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