Jamie Dornan Admits to Stalking a Woman to Prepare for a Role

He thought this was okay how?

Jamie Dornan with beard, wearing a tux and bowtie
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While we're blaming things on Method acting, I would like to announce I'm taking the rest of the day off to learn what it feels like to be an irresponsible employee who gets enough sleep. Hey—it's fine because it's for my craft.

Jamie Dornan basically used the same excuse to justify stalking a woman in preparation for the first season of The Fall, in which he plays a creepy dude who moonlights as a serial killer.

"I did do a couple of things to try to get inside [his mind]," Dornan said (opens in new tab) during a live chat Sunday with the Los Angeles Times. "On the Tube, which is our underground system…Can we get arrested for this? Hold on…this is a really bad reveal: I, like, followed a woman off the train one day to see what it felt like to pursue someone like that."

Dornan said he trailed the woman for a few blocks, which made him feel excited "in a really sort of dirty way." Oh? Maybe next time—but only when he's up for the role of "Murder Victim #6," of course—he could hire a dude to shadow him. Maybe then he'd understand what it feels like to be get-my-keys-out-and-in-the-stabby-position terrified.

And to the thousands of girls on Twitter who are like, "Oooooh. Christian Grey can follow me home any day?" NO. You're only making things worse for all of us.

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Chelsea Peng
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