Gillian Anderson: Jamie Dornan Nearly Lost His Breakout Role for Being Too Attractive

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The 'Fifty Shades' star won over producers of 'The Fall' when they realized what his good looks "would do psychologically to the viewer"

As Jamie Dornan's star continues to rise, it might seem crazy to think that he was initially judged to be just too attractive for his breakthrough role in the BBC's The Fall

Dornan is set to play Christian Grey in the hotly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey, and although striking good looks were a prerequisite for that role, the producers behind The Fall, in which Dornan plays a charismatic serial killer, at first thought the British actor's handsomeness would be too distracting, according to co-star Gillian Anderson in an interview with InStyle magazine published Thursday. 

"The initial intention was not to hire somebody who was that attractive," says Anderson, adding,"[h]owever, it was clear that he was very much the man for the job. It didn't have anything to do with his good looks, although in the process, we realized what that would do psychologically to the viewer. There was something intriguing about that, most definitely." 

With all the attention and adulation that Dornan is currently getting, Anderson isn't concerned that he will let the fame go to his head. "Jamie is one of the most grounded people I know. He has a really good head on his shoulders," says Anderson. "He has a really lovely wife and a lovely family life with his new baby. He's got it all in perspective and has a very appropriate and right-sized take on all of this. I don't think he needs any advice."

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