Jamie Dornan gets in some last-minute push-ups before a shirtless scene so he’s always looking his very best.
The hunky Northern Irish actor became a global pin-up after being cast as Christian Grey in the big screen version of E.L. James’ steamy novel Fifty Shades of Grey, and its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
But Jamie is no stranger to stripping off, having made his name as an underwear model for Calvin Klein. Talking on the Out To Lunch with Jay Rayner podcast, the 37-year-old explained why push-ups are his secret weapon.
“Oh yeah, Jesus, yeah, yeah, yeah (I do a lot of push-ups). I’ve done that for various reasons. I’ve done that for reasons of, ‘I’m about to have my top off, and everything they film is committed to celluloid forever.’ Why not try to look as good as I can in that moment?” he said.
The exercise doesn’t just serve Jamie well when it comes to aesthetics though; he also turns to push-ups when he either needs a hit of energy, or has to burn off any excess energy.
“I’ve also done it sometimes when I’m particularly spent and exhausted after a scene where I’m running in The Fall or whatever. Sometimes I do it because I sometimes just have a lot of energy and I don’t know what to do with it,” he shared. “They’re f**king hanging around, ‘Oh, I just gotta fix this light, sorry Jamie.’ I’m good to go, champing at the bit to get rid of some of this energy, so I’ll drop and just do press-ups – just for something to do.”