Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan on the Set of “Fifty Shades Of Grey”

Posted on December 20, 2013

Darlings, we do our best to stay abreast of all the goings-on in the world of pop culture  because it’s kind of essential to our jobs now, but we remain firmly committed to learning as little as possible about “Fifty Shades of Grey.” You’re on your own with that one.


Dakota Johnson  and Jamie Dornan film the scene where their characters in “Fifty Shades Of Grey” meet for the first time in Vancouver, Canada.

All we know is, he’s gorgeous – and disturbingly creepy in The Fall, which you should all go watch on Netflix because Gillian Anderson is mesmerizing as a feminist homicide detective in Belfast. It’s up to y’all to tell us if he’s a worthy choice for the part of Christian Grey, if she looks like  a worthy choice for her character, and if Charlie Hunnam made the right decision.

But we can all agree he sure is pretty, right?







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  • WendyD

    I have zero interest in the books, but lord if he doesn’t have HAIR that I would worship.

    • Melanie

      it is perfect “young billionaire” hair!

      • Mary229

        That is the best possible description.

    • I’ve never read the books either, but based on what I’ve heard about them, he seems perfect for the role. She looks like her father in a wig, which is not a bad thing.

      • Mary229

        The books are problematic and worthy of discussion bc they are so intensely popular. That said, you are right. He does seem a bit perfect for the role…however troubling that may be.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      Speaking of hair… Is it crucial to the story that she has about 6 different shades of brown hair?

  • wtvoc

    all the pretty in the world won’t help him if they keep the tampon scene

    • marlie

      That already sounds so awful that I’m glad I don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • wtvoc

        i don’t really know what i’m talking about, either. someone showed it to me before i knew what i was reading and i just kind of went WHAT IN THE BLUE FUCK IS THIS and like, i’m not friends with that person anymore

        • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

          You, sir, made the rightest choice.

        • fursa_saida

          I remember when one of my friends was OBSESSED with them, and somehow a bunch of us ended up sitting around while another friend started reading out loud? Initially to make fun of the books, but then he…sort of got pretty into it, and it was like HOW DO I STOP THIS. HOW DO I SHUT THIS SITUATION DOWN. And then the obsessed friend and her bf started making out and it was a REALLY GREAT TIME TO LEAVE.

          What I’m saying is, these books clearly reveal a lot about one’s friends.

    • Glam Dixie

      Why? Whyyyy did you remind me of this? Must try to unremember.

      • wtvoc

        shhhh think of something wonderful, like indiana jones dressed in his professor gear and glasses. shhh shhhh everything will be okay, shhhhh

        • Glam Dixie

          Indy? Yeah, Indiana Jones in his professor gear, yeah, deep breaths, tampon, nononononononono Iniana Jones, deep breaths.

          • ConnieBV

            This is the exact description I gave of my husband to my gfs when we met. Ah, memories.

        • H2olovngrl

          “eye love u”

    • Mismarker

      I am somewhat embarrassed to admit I just left this page to Google the words “fifty shades of grey tampon”.

      Spoiler alert, BKs. It’s gross.

      • wtvoc

        i feel like i just contributed to the theft of your innocence

        • Mismarker

          I’m not sure what’s worse. The fact that E.L. James dreamed up that scene? Or that it was actually less gross than what I had imagined?

          I mean at least he didn’t use his teeth? Yep, I just typed that. Spoiler alert?

          • wtvoc

            great, now next time it’s shark week, i’ll be picturing jamie dornan ‘twixt my legs, using his teeth for purposes i do not care to think on

          • And he didn’t do a Terry Richardson, which is what I was imagining.

          • conniemd

            I can’t imagine any scene involving a tampon to be other than completely gross.

          • Mismarker

            The contrarian in me just spent the past 5 minutes trying to think of a tampon scene that’s not completely gross. You know what? You’re right.

          • marlie

            This whole thread is making me want to laugh and hurl at the same time.

          • Mismarker

            Ah, the hallmark of a good conversation!

          • At least I am on my second glass of prosecco – isn’t it still morning for you kittens?

      • marlie

        I need to bleach my eyeballs now.

      • DTLAFamilies

        I went and read it and it…wasn’t that bad? It’s just a tampon. They weren’t using it in sex play or anything, he just takes it out and throws it away. Maybe my gross-out reflex has been destroyed by Goatse and Tub Girl and all the other crap I’ve seen online.

        • Mismarker

          I don’t know from Goatse or Tub Girl but I agree, it could have been way worse. The dialogue was the more disturbing part. “Are you bleeding?” Just how controlling and all-knowing he seems to be.

          • DTLAFamilies

            Oh God, yes. The parts of it I’ve read that I find deeply disturbing are all about the coercion and abuse. Not the BDSM and not any of the physical acts.

            P.S. for the love of God, don’t go looking for Goatse or Tub Girl. Trust me.

          • Mismarker

            Two of the best arguments for keeping Safe Search on ALL THE TIME. My retinas! My corneas! : )

          • sherrietee

            Goatse and Tub Girl are the precursor to “two girls one cup.”

          • Mary229

            Right. The part that as so intensely creepy to me was that it was yet another narrative to obsess over female virginity and revel in this idea that an experienced man will come along and pleasure in deflowering her. Yuck.

      • korilian

        So did I. And then i spend some time gigling over the awful writing. There is so much amazing kinky fanfic out there and somehow this gets a book and movie. Minds are boggled.

    • Violina23

      See, this book is similar to how I feel about the Twilight series. I don’t need to *read* them, I just let other people tell me about them in all their ridiculousness, and then I just LAUGH. Just the fact that a book, which from what I understand started as Twilight fan-fic?, has a “tampon scene” that leads to this much conversation… it’s too much, BK’s, it’s too much 😛

    • Lily

      U know u like it.

      • wtvoc

        as if you could outrun me

  • Janet B

    Oh yes, he’s pretty.
    OTH I don’t want to know about the movie.

  • marlie

    From everything that I hear, Charlie Hunnam made a wise choice. Now THIS is a movie that you couldn’t pay me to see, ever.

    • Charlie Hunnam would have absolutely kicked rear in this movie. Plus we might have seen plenty of his rear, which is something I would pay to see on a regular basis. I mean have you seen his butt, in Sons of Anarchy? Seriously wow. The rear of Charlie Hunnam is a thing of magnificent beauty.

      Also I just watched a movie Charlie did called Frankie go boom, where he slow danced with Ron Perlman who was playing a transexual, the movie plot was silly but he was so gorgeous in the film.. I think sometimes actors can overcome bad material with their awesome presence.

      If you have not seen Charlie Hunnam in Queer as Folk the UK version, you ought to find that and watch it, he was incredible in that too.

    • There’s a chance this movie ends up a career-killer. And while I don’t care about Charlie Hunnam’s career either way, yea, he probably made a wise choice.

      • fursa_saida

        There’s also the aspect of, does he want to be saddled with the 50 Shades equivalent of Twi-hards for the rest of his working life?

    • Danielle

      Dakota Johnson is on my irrational hate list. I couldn’t with her character on Ben and Kate and I can’t with her anywhere else.

      • marlie

        I’ve never seen her in anything and don’t know enough about her to care one way or the other, so I have a hard time worrying/caring about her career decisions. Same thing with Jamie Dornan.

  • Lesley

    Three words: Calvin Klein ads. Check those out and nothing else needs to be said.. because you’ll be left speechless.

    • KateM

      Um…. um… I just looked those up. At work. Yowza.

      • random_poster

        Me too. Also at work. Chose not to click in for the close-ups only for that reason. I’ll see your Yowza, and raise by 200.

  • Kristin

    Whoa…. hot guy. Whoa. I… wasn’t expecting that. Am I going to have to see this movie just to stare at his face? Off to IMDB to come up with some alternatives to that scenario.

  • forcingasmile


    • CeeQ

      This was my response to the Hugh Jackman at Bondi Beach post in the TLo whiteboard section…..LOL

  • Eve Farren Farber

    He’s fabulous. She’s a dud.

  • crash1212

    Don’t know a thing about the book/s and don’t want to know….but I do lover her outfit. Love. He’s OK.

    • marlie

      It’s cute in “a regular person could totally rock this” kind of way.

      • Melanie

        yeah! i was just thinking, i think i own those jeans (i own one pair of skinny jeans at a time & i buy them at forever 21).

      • I wish I looked that good in a pair of jeans.

        • formerlyAnon

          When I was 24, I did. I can tell by photos. Didn’t think so at the time. Thought I was “fat.”

          God. Wish I could get through to the young around me, but nobody was able to get through to me at that age.

          • Oh I know. My 24 year old thighs were totally wasted on me.

  • He reminds me of a more grown-up Anton Yelchin.

  • Erin Reece

    OK, fine, I read the books. They were terrible. I knew they would be terrible. Charlie Hunnam made a wise decision, but with that being said, he was SO NOT CHRISTIAN GREY. Jamie Dornan is exactly what Christian Grey looked like in my head. I doubt I will see the movies (if I do, I won’t admit to it), but at least I can enjoy pics from the set and feel good about their casting choice. Yum!

    • LJCdoc

      I tried reading one out of sheer airport boredom once. I didn’t make It through – it was so baaaad. I’m not talking about the sex – the “dialogue” was a nightmare.

      • WhiteOprah

        The writing was utter crap. If you played a drinking game where you took a shot every time Anastasia said “Oh my” you would die of alcohol poisoning.

  • Mismarker

    I haven’t read the books and I don’t plan on spending $10 at the cinema to see this. But, I’m sure I will be standing at a Redbox some random night in late 2015 (with a free Redbox code burning a hole in my Gmail inbox) and I’ll be like, “eh, what the hell.”

    He really was fantastic in The Fall.

  • Kristina Sadowski

    I’ve never ready 50 Shades of Grey or have any inclination to see this movie, however…

    HUBBA HUBBA. He’s so gorgeous, I can’t even think thoughts.

  • ChaCha_70

    Love his hands. and the rest of him is very pretty too.

  • Glam Dixie

    He is an acceptable Christian Grey, she looks dull as dishwater, so she’s perfect for Anna.

    • Melanie

      his hair is perfect, but i think his face is a little too regular bloke-ish. i am NOT a fan of the books, but i always imagined CG as being slightly more…vulpine, maybe?

      • Glam Dixie

        I’m not familiar with this guy but he’s giving me a Ryan Seacrest vibe in that second picture.

        • Melanie

          omg yes! & the thought of ryan seacrest tying someone up for sexual purposes is not erotic, it is creepy.

        • schadenfreudelicious

          Go check him out in The Fall on Netflix…i can guarantee you wont get a Ryan Seacrest vibe 🙂

  • Sarah

    Cute but his sport coat is buttoned in an odd spot. Erotic literature does not = pulpy smut. That is all I can say about those “books” because I don’t want to know about ’em either (I work in a library, even!)

  • Anna_Cecilia

    I persevered and read the whole series, I had marginally more patience for it than Twilight. Ironic, since FSOG was originally Twilight fanfic. Once you get over saying, “ARE YOU GODDAMN KIDDING ME?!!” every other paragraph (we’re talking going WAY WAY BEYOND suspension of disbelief here) and actually wanting to punch the heroine yourself, it does become unintentionally hilarious.

    He’s certainly good-looking enough that I buy him as Christian Grey (not familiar with his acting though) and more well-suited to the role physically and in terms of age than Robert Pattinson, who was the author’s obvious first choice. Suffice it to say that Charlie Hunnam made the right choice, it’s not like he was fighting the likes of Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhaal for the role that it would’ve been considered a coup, in addition to the impact it would have had on his personal life. I do like that they went with a female director (I think Jane Campion or even Sophia Coppola could’ve potentially improved upon the novels) and I am interested with the direction that Sam Taylor-Johnson is going to take it in.

  • tereliz

    “Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan film the scene where their characters in “Fifty Shades Of Grey” meet for the first time in Vancouver, Canada.”

    This is the caption beneath the first photo where there is not enough space to get a playing card between their crotches. Call me a prude, but my pudenda has never been that close to anyone else’s seconds after we’ve met. What a trainwreck this movie is going to be.

    • Kathy

      I concur and applaud your use of the word “pudenda.” 🙂

    • This is why I object to public transport – I’ve been that close to someone else when we haven’t even been formally introduced.

      But yes, that’s a very intimate first meeting!

      • Qitkat

        Yeah, I can identify with that. The other evening a guy fell on me, literally fell onto my lap when the light rail jerked.

    • furyleika

      Cosigned. Unless he’s that close from saving me from being killed horribly in traffic, any fellow that is so close is having violence done upon him.

      • Sonny

        I think that’s exactly what happens in this scene, exactly. And I really hate myself for knowing this.

        • furyleika

          Thanks for the info, although I don’t buy her face as “Holy shit, I just about got mauled by 2 tons of steel and glass!” 🙂

          • gehayi

            Forget “two tons of steel.” She almost gets run over by the BICYCLE OF DOOM. Yes, it’s a bike in the book. Naturally, this is treated like he saved her life, not like she nearly got knocked on her rear by someone pedaling a Schwinn.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I have no interest in the books.

    I binge watched The Fall when I stumbled upon it on Netflix. This man has some talent, for I found myself attracted to his disturbing character.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      The Fall was amazing, all the kittens should binge watch it…and i can’t believe i am about to say this but I know i prefer him as a rapist serial killer than as whatshisface (won’t read the books)…also that reveal is not a spoiler in case you have not watched The Fall kittens, you find out right from the get go who the killer is….go watch Jamie (and equally amazing Gillian Anderson)

      • Mismarker

        When his casting was announced I was not surprised. From what I know of the books, Christian Grey is a sadist and master manipulator. Sounds a lot like Jamie’s character in The Fall… well, minus the murdering. Not many actors could have pulled off that performance without alienating the audience. This movie is going to make Jamie Dornan a household name, for sure.

    • mshesterp

      i binge watched it 2 days ago and LOVED. IT. I avoided it thinking it would be really creepy and gross, but it wasn’t at all (well, creepy, but not fetishistically so, which is ironic considering he’s a disturbing serial killer). His general level of creepiness is why I think he’ll be a great Christian Grey, who is a horror show as a character. And he’s hot and dark. It’s going to be a train wreck but I think he’ll make it an enjoyable train wreck.

      Gillian Anderson just gets more gorgeous and is a better actress with each passing year. She’s easily the best reason to watch The Fall, and there are many!

  • annabelle archer

    He is pretty. And Charlie absolutely made the right decision. The only better decision he could make, is to jump on his bike, ride to my work, and take me away from all of this, forever.

    • tereliz

      Only if he drops that Northern Cali accent. 😉

      • Qitkat

        There’s a Northern California accent? never noticed.

        • tereliz

          His American accent, I mean. Hunnam is actually from NEWCASTLE!

          I know, right?

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Drop it? To my ears, it fades in and out. Charlie is gorgeous, but accents are not his strong suit.

  • formerlyAnon

    Too pretty. Meh.
    Bad writing. (Yes. I read about 40 pages.) The Internet abounds with better writing for free, smutty and not.

    • Sarah

      Yup, and yup.

      • demidaemon

        Seconded and thirded.

  • shirab

    Why is her hair so many different wrong colors? Is that in the book, too?

    • Leah Elzinga

      hahaha! My hair looks like this naturally… Nice to know this is what people think when they see me 😉

      • Supernumerary

        I’m like that, too. A friend once said (after rifling through my hair like one would a book) ‘it looks like you took different-colored markers, and colored each strand individually.’ Uh, thanks?

    • ConnieBV

      I don’t mind the color but the bangs are tragique.

  • Frank_821

    Jamie Dornan is darn pretty. I only seen him act with a beard. He was on the first season of Once Upon a Time playing the hot sheriff/Huntsman who was boytoy to the wicked Quieen

    • tereliz

      When they **SPOLIER** offed his character I stopped watched. It just had nothing left to offer me.

    • conniemd

      oooh, he was so hot and I hated when they killed his character. I didn’t even recognize him in these pics, because he looks very purty here, whereas the huntsman was more rugged and scruffy, my type.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Whoa! Did not realize that was him! He was so cute.

    • DTLAFamilies

      Can he act or is he only eye candy?

  • Ruth Preston

    He’s eye-catchingly pretty; she’s mousy…it reads about right. But (off topic), damn, is this going to be one of those “everyone knows this isn’t really Seattle but we’re pretending it is” types of ventures? I propose a Seattle-area BK viewing/snarkfest when this abomination hits the big screen.

    • boweryboy

      More often than not, for reasons unknown to me, movies that take place in Seattle are usually filmed in Vancouver – so most Seattleites are used to it by now. Maybe it’s because Vancouver is 10x more awesome than Seattle? Don’t get me wrong I love my city but Vancouver is the shit in comparison.

      Also, you couldn’t pay me enough to watch this movie. I’m a huge reader and I had to repeatedly fend off recommendations that I read the books.

      • Madam Von Sassypants

        Vancouver has a lot of tax breaks for the film industry, so much so that it’s referred to as Hollywood North. Not only that, but they have a really broad range of scenery options within a small area. A ton of stuff is filmed there as a result.

    • CatherineRhodes

      I’m in. I live in L.A. but my daughter goes to UW. I’d fly up for the BK snarkfest!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Love a man in cufflinks, they’re always such a nice touch. I have no knowledge of the book or movie, but he is a handsome man.

    I don’t know much about men’s clothing, but I’m curious about these jackets that have the double vents, one on each side. Do they make your ass look wide? How do you decide whether or not to go with the double vents or the single one in the middle of the back? Is one considered more casual, or are they equally acceptable? I’m curious.

  • Amanda Welliver

    I know nobody else is paying one whit of attention to the clothing here but to me he looks like he’s wearing a mullet. Business on top, party on the bottom. (go ahead and have fun with that one.)

  • GillianHolroyd

    Huh. She’s 24. I looked it up.

  • Kimmu

    They’re really going out of their way to try and make her look like Bella. lolololol

    Charlie definitely made the right decision.

  • muelonil

    Particularly in the second picture she looks just like her father. Can’t unsee it now. (I mean, he’s not an unattractive man, but I’m just saying..)

    • That struck me too – I’ve never noticed it before. But he was very pretty as a young man, so it isn’t a bad thing.

    • stellamaris73

      I see so much of Melanie in her! Such an interesting blending of the two.

      • muelonil

        I think it’s so fascinating how you can see 2 pictures of the same person but see a different resemblance in each!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I too am staying far away from this mess, no matter how cute Dornan is .

  • MilaXX

    He’s pretty, but 50 Shades sounds beyond stupid and I have low expectations of the movie. Blogger Luvvie read it and live blogged. Pretty much confirmed this is not my cuppa.

    • Qitkat

      Oh I read that blog! Totally agree with you. She took one for the team. This movie, and the books, UGH!

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Yeah, Luvvie’s review and the fact that somebody told me the phrase “dick-chewing” is there for a reason, lets me know I wants no parts of whatever they’re serving. And I am so glad Charlie decided against it.

    • I read a great review of it – very crude and very funny. It’s at badhostess if you feel like a laugh.

      • R. L.

        YES! 50 Shades of Cray Cray

  • Trickytrisha

    Oh god. I hope this isn’t a thing here.

  • Tee

    I read all three books. The only time I’ve ever caved in to see what all the buzz was about. I’ll never do THAT again. Stay strong my gay uncles and don’t cave in to covering this silly movie.

  • YoungSally

    The alternative coffee shop nearby has a “pop-up” library in it. The first book donated was 50 shades…..the barista couldn’t decide whether to remove it or to keep it in as a quasi-art-installation.

  • KT

    Turd alert round 2.

  • i read the first two books, as this actually is my cuppa for erotic fantasy, but the writing was just atrocious! by the middle of the third book, where they are on a yacht in the mediterranean, i was praying one of them would fall overboard and drown so they’d stop fucking, and i had to quit. christian is described in the book as very tall with light gray eyes and sandy hair that he brushes away from his eyes. i imagined alexander skarsgard from true blood. the girl was described as having long, thick, and glossy dark brown hair and large round blue eyes. god forbid, i imagined ann hathaway before she cut her hair. so for me, neither of these actors fit the roles, although they may have assets of their own.

  • When was the last time that poor girl slept?

    I hate that my name will be forever associated with this now. *shudders*

  • lalahartma

    He _is_ very pretty, for sure.

  • msdamselfly

    He’s gorgeous

  • I couldn’t get past page 40 of the first book, and I plan to stay far away from the movie, but I am obsessed with Jamie Dornan and am still angry they – Once Upon a Time season 1 SPOILERS, if that’s a thing – killed off his character and took him away from my TV. Captain Hook tries to make up for it, but Jamie was just the prettiest.

  • Lori

    Yes, Charlie Hunnam made the right decision.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I’m pretty 50 Shades-ignorant, a status that I work very hard to maintain. Not even Charlie Hunnam could have changed that so this adorable dude certainly won’t.

  • sunflower

    I know nothing about 50 Shades except what I’ve absorbed though the press. He’s really hot, but completely stomach churning in The Fall. Her dye job is tragic

  • Milos Mom

    No… this is NOT going to be the modern day 9.5 weeks.

  • LeelaST

    They are both pretty. Charlie Hunnam was the only reason I might have bothered with Shades. Zero interest in the book(s)/film.

  • demidaemon

    Oh, this movie is going to be a hot mess and Charlie Hunnam made the right choice by ditching that shit and running in the other direction as fast as possible. It sure looks like they have awesome chemistry though! *rolls eyes*

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    tlo, do yourselves a favor and google his ck ads with eva mendes. OMG.

  • sherrietee

    I read the books. Funniest things I’ve read in a long time. Probably funnier than Twilight, but I suppose that’s not surprising since it’s twilight fanfic. That said, yes, he sure his pretty, but still not pretty enough to watch this in the theaters. I will be doing MST3K viewings of it when it comes out on DVD though.

  • Th_xx

    Finally, somebody else who has watched and loved The Fall! One of the best things TV gavew me this year…

  • Haley Buchanan

    I know nothing and care nothing about 50 Shades of Grey, but he does nothing for me. Charlie Hunnam is far prettier.

  • Definitely getting a young Colin Firth vibe here.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Charlie Hunnam made the right decision for so many reasons. I don’t think he wants to be that kind of actor. That said, he is so much better looking than Jamie Dornan it’s not funny (though JD was great in The Fall, I agree). I don’t even need to watch Fifty Shaes on Netflix now, which is a relief, though I am sad about the volumes of material that will now not be in my spank bank.

  • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

    Yes, she’s pretty. Agreed. NOT interested in this film and I’d never read those books. Also: thank GOD Jax decided against that role. Carry on.

  • NinjaCate

    What annoys me is that no matter how bad this movie is (and it WILL be bad) it is gonna make them SO MUCH MONEY! And I now have to judge myself because even though I’ve avoided the books, I KNOW I’m gonna watch this movie.

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

    OMG she looks like she can be his mum… he is hot, but she is drop..

  • Molly Lopez

    OH my god there actually doing this shit

  • R. L.

    I wonder if they can make a decent movie out of such shiite. I think Charlie was right to turn it down. Charlie Hunnam said in interviews that he is being careful about what roles he takes since they can determine the path of your career. I for one don’t want him known as “Christian Grey”.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I picked up a copy of the book out of curiosity, but could not make it past page 20 due to the beyond-horrible writing style. Every page had Anastasia biting her lip, blushing and saying “oh my.” Very tedious and shallow. And there are three books?

  • CatherineRhodes

    BTW: I am a huge Jax Teller fan and nobody can do Hamlet-esque brooding and depth like Charlie Hunnam, so I’m gonna say he just couldn’t lower himself to this pablum. Also, Charlie is a writer himself (one of his screenplays is being produced by Brad Pitt’s company), so he offered a lot of “script notes” which were rejected by the director. If the screenplay closely followed the book, Charlie was probably gagging on his lines.