Jamie Dornan In Real Life

Jamie Dornan In Real Life

Gearing up for award season, V chat with Jamie Dornan, who has 4 roles up his sleeve as he fronts the campaign for BOSS, The Scent Private Accord for Him.

Gearing up for award season, V chat with Jamie Dornan, who has 4 roles up his sleeve as he fronts the campaign for BOSS, The Scent Private Accord for Him.

Text: Stella Pak

Jamie Dornan is coming out with a vast range of characters for the roles he’ll be playing for his breakout season. Between Robin hood, Dinner with Hervé, Private War and BBC Series, Death and Nightingales, it’s a far cry from a 2-dimensional type cast we’re most familiar with – the sexy investor type with a delicious appetite for S&M in all the shades of grey. V chat with Jamie Dornan and teach him a fragrance application technique – the walk in, and cover his relationship with BOSS, his tangible memories of fragrance and what it was like to film the characters for his upcoming projects.

What was your experience working with the brand having been a long-time friend of the house?

It’s kind of cool. When I was modeling, I did my first campaign for them in 2003. It feels like a long time ago. I did four campaigns for them back in the day and 2003 was the first one. It’s been a long relationship. We have respect for each other. It felt like a natural continuum of our relationship. It worked out pretty well.

Do you have one fragrance you wear for a season or do you change it up based on your mood?

It’s changed over the years depending on the situation. When I first started wearing fragrance, as a young teenager, if you were lucky, you got a fragrance when it was Christmas maybe. And that would last you a couple of years. And that would be the fragrance you had. You didn’t have money to buy a new fragrance every month or whatever. You just dealt with whatever you had. Over the years, that has changed a little bit for me. I’ve been a face of a couple of fragrances before. I did Dior Homme. I think it made more sense wearing that during the winter. I did the CK Free campaign and it felt like that one had to be summer. What’s really great about BOSS The Scent Private Accord for Him is that it feels like an everyday fragrance. It can be worn on any occasion, any time of the year. It’s not overpowering in that way and I think that’s why it works as an everyday fragrance. You don’t put it on and say, “oof. That’s very strong.”

Like, “Hey, I’m going to an event tonight!”

Yes! Like, “Hi, I’m ready.” Hugo BOSS doesn’t take over in that way. It’s a helpful thing when you’re talking about a product like that because I genuinely do like it and I do feel like I could wear it everyday.

How do you spray fragrance? Do you spray both sides of your neck and go? Do you spray and walk-in?

Spray and Walk in? Is that a thing? Oh my God. If any of my friends caught me ever doing that…

You walk into a mist! Ok. So you’re definitely not a spray and walk in kind of guy.

The thing is, I’m so intrigued. I have to try that now that I know what that is. I’ll probably become a walk-in guy. I’m very much “less is more”. I would apply very little. I spray one on my neck and one on my wrist and rub. Because I hate when people wear too much fragrance. I fuckin’ hate it. So. Yeah.

For the BOSS campaign, seduction is first ignited in digital form and then a decision needs to be made to connect in reality. For you, how does scent come into play with a real connection?

I just don’t think it can be recreated. I don’t think there’s a replacement for real human connection. I know that people can argue with me on that. Maybe I’m old fashioned in that way. Seduction in its truest form only works with real thoughts, real smell, real feeling and having something tangible in front of you.

It doesn’t seem so old fashioned. There needs to be some sort of balance.

Right. Nothing beats true face-to-face human contact. People are grappling with ways to connect with people in very weird and wonderful ways. Not just when it comes to seduction but when it comes to so many things. Music. You can put on a headset and be at someone’s concert. That’s fuckin’ nothing like what it’s like to go to a concert. It’s all really sad.

You have so many movies coming out where you’re playing so many different characters that are all coming out this season. You’re back to back. What was your shoot schedule like?

Well, it’s funny because you don’t plan for this. I have four films coming out and they are 6,7 weeks away from each other. I don’t plan it like that and it’s a weird series of events. Robin Hood  was pushed a couple of times so it came out a little later than expected. My Dinner with Hervé  is pretty normal, we shot it a year ago and it’s come out a year later, which is very standard. A Private War , we finished shooting in February but they wanted it to come out for award season so that was brought forward. Death and Nightingales was finished in August. It’s mad because it’s coming out before Christmas. So it’s all these things you don’t really plan for. I’ve been doing press for the last few weeks and I still have a few more weeks to go. So…you know. They are good problems to have.

It’s Jamie season right now and you’re killing it.

I don’t know about that, but there’s definitely a lot of me out there.

Each character in these roles has so much contrast from one another. How do you switch it up from one character to the next within a short period of time?

That’s the coolest part of this job is the variety. You can inhabit so many different worlds and characters. I love that about it. I love most about doing this for a living. Everything I have coming out is so different now in different periods. That isn’t really… It just happened. It’s not something I’m actively trying to manifest. Weirdly, two of those four jobs, I’m playing a journalist (My Dinner with Hervé and Private War) but they’re vastly different from one another. One is a war photographer and the other one is interviewing actors in LA. They’re very different but the same thing. You’re just attracted to whatever story grabs you and then try to immerse yourself in the world. But sometimes doing jobs back to back is tough. Some actors… I haven’t done this yet, you get some actors doing 2 jobs at once. Someone who’s shooting a TV show during the day and then a play at night. Sometimes, I’m like WTF that’s mad.

The role I was intrigued most when taking a look at all the movies you have coming out was your role in playing Paul Conroy, the photojournalist in a Private War. Where did you start your character research and what did you discover along the way?

I discovered that the journalists who depict war zones and go to these places to give us the truth are some of the most courageous people alive. Especially with Marie (Colvin) and her approach with Paul (Conroy) for many of their assignments. They are going to places other journalists were fleeing from. They are quite often the last people in these places but they were just compelled to report back and tell the actual truths of these places. That courage and that tenacity and that fearlessness are incredible attributes. I was so lucky that Paul Conroy was with us in the entirety of the shoot. He’s become a really good friend of mine. I was just texting with him just before so I’m gonna see him later. I learned so much from him as a human. I also learned some practical things. I love photography. I own a lot of cameras but they’re all old cameras. Paul being in these war zones, used a digital camera. We did some story together where he would guide me through. Also, when I shoot stuff, I’m not shooting things that are moving very fast or things that are happening very fast. I’m just getting people to sit still. It’s just still life stuff. That aspect of photography was fun to learn. You spend some time learning that. It was a job I was very proud to be involved in.

Do you find yourself picking up the camera and looking at images in a different way now that you’ve spent so much time with Paul Conroy?

Maybe. I have a lot of respect for how those images from war zones are obtained. I also saw some stuff that he shot that newspapers deemed unprintable. Which are some of the most horrendous things I’ve ever seen in my life. If people are not meant to be seeing them, then you can only imagine what they are like. Sometimes I think it takes an image to stop and to take notice of what’s happening. It’s an incredible world and an incredible job to take on.

Credits: Images via Hugo BOSS

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