Jamie Dornan Didn't Do Well With Girls Growing Up: "I Was Very Shy," Says Fifty Shades of Grey Star

Super-sexy star opens about about marriage and fatherhood

By Brett Malec Oct 03, 2014 9:00 PMTags
Jamie Dornan, Amelia Warner, GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014David M. Benett/Getty Images

Sure, Jamie Dornan is loved by women all around the world these days. But it wasn't always like that!

In a new interview with British Vogue, the super-sexy Fifty Shades of Grey star says he wasn't a ladies man growing up. "I didn't do particularly well with girls at school," the 32-year-old Irish actor told the mag. "I was very shy. I'm not saying that was the only reason I didn't do well with them, but I just didn't."

Fast forward to 2013 when Dornan married wife Amelia Warner. "She's dream stuff. It's amazing," he dished.

The couple welcomed their first child together just a few months ago. "I love fatherhood," Dornan added. "These last couple of years have been quite something. But we're enjoying it."

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Dornan also opened up about his early years working as a model. As it turns out, the hunky star didn't really like all the attention that came with his modeling career.

"There is a certain stigma attached to the whole thing of model-turned-actor. But I was always quite a reluctant model, to my agent's annoyance," he said. "I was never hugely keen on it or doing it, and in a weird way I didn't do a great deal of it. They happened to be jobs that ended up on the side of buses, but it wasn't this all-consuming thing. I've never done a catwalk show in my life."

"I'm not ungrateful," he went on. "I enjoy working with certain photographers, and having a bit of [fun] and catching up, but the actual thing of having to stand looking all moody and looking off in the distance and, ‘Let's just do a couple with a finger round your mouth...' I'd rather be playing football."