Here's why you shouldn't approach Jamie Dornan in public

Here's why you shouldn't approach Jamie Dornan in public

When we imagine a typical celebrity lifestyle, we probably picture it as being nothing but endless glitz and glamour. There's awards shows, red carpet events, limitless riches, and - perhaps most exciting - the opportunity to hang out with other ridiculously famous folks.

However, being a well-known personality comes with its downsides, too. Signing autographs for crazed fans almost certainly gets tiring after a while, and the top tier celebs (think Kimye and Bey-Z) must constantly live in fear of being papped in public, then having a story written about them because they weren't wearing makeup or dared to go to the store in jogging bottoms or whatever.

And the way these people get treated in public is very much determined by the personality they exude when they're seen on TV. This isn't so much a problem for well-known singers or comedians or TV show hosts, as they are almost always acting as themselves whenever they're on screen.

For character actors such as Jamie Dornan, however, it's a very different story.

jamie dornan Credit: YouTube/The Ellen Show

Dornan, who is originally from Northern Ireland, has played many roles on screen in his time, but has become best known for his part as Christian Grey: the sadistic billionaire from Fifty Shades of Grey. And, in a recent interview with Ellen Degeneres (see, they always get to hang out with other celebs), he disclosed one major issue with being recognized as the X-rated film star.

"I get a lot of fans talking to me as if I am Christian Grey," said Dornan. "I'll be in, like, a line at Starbucks or something, and someone will be like, 'Oh, Mr. Grey'."

And if that doesn't sound freaky enough, Dornan then goes on to say that he often has his family with him in situations like this.

"I'll literally be holding one of my children, and they'll be so confused about why they [strangers] are calling me [Mr. Grey]."

On more than one occasion, people have directly quoted lines from the film or the original book series and expected Dornan to respond to them in character. Unfortunately, the only reaction they usually got was one of fear.

"I just panic," Dornan explained. "I don't know how to respond to it because I'm not him, obviously."

As he explains all this, it's very difficult to imagine the actor as anything other than the sweet, slightly nervous guy he seems to be while talking with Ellen - and that's obviously a pretty jarring experience for the fans who expect him to be some brooding BDSM master.

"I think they probably just think I'm weird," he said. "Which I'm fine with."

jamie dornan Credit: YouTube/The Ellen Show

Dornan also mentioned that his wife, Amelia Warner, hasn't actually seen any of the Fifty Shades movies yet. This prompted Ellen to ask, "She doesn't want to?" and then "Or you don't want her to?"

To which Dornan wittily replied: "I don't want to buy her ticket".

Admittedly, it must be weird to be married to someone who is best known for playing an extreme fetishist - but it's got to be even stranger to be that fetishist. And, as great as the celebrity lifestyle sounds, it almost doesn't seem worth the constant creepiness from strangers.