Playing alongside Dakota Johnson (Ana) and Jamie Dornan (Christian), Canadian-born actor Eric Johnson is set to heat things up as Ana’s mysterious new boss in Fifty Shades Darker (in cinemas Feb. 9), the racy sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey. He takes WHO behind the scenes on the “sexy, psychological thriller.”
1. Christian Grey has some competition!
Johnson plays Jack Hyde, Ana’s boss at Seattle Independent Publishing. “He’s very much aware of who Ana’s former boyfriend is,” he says. “And there is a lot of competitiveness for Ana’s attention.” But Hyde, he warns, has some more sinister undertones: “After filming some
scenes I felt like I needed to take a shower.”
2. On the set, it wasn’t all candles and champagne.
Despite the sexy subject matter, Johnson says making the film was “just another day at the office.” But “It was a very respectful cast and crew, with a well-timed joke thrown in every now and then.” The biggest offender? “Dakota! She was incredibly funny, which I didn’t expect.”
3. There’s less nudity ... but more thrills.
“It’s still going to be titillating,” explains Johnson, 37, “but this film has more of the thriller vibe with the characters’ pasts coming back to haunt them.”
4. It’s the ultimate date night.
Although Johnson concedes he’ll probably “blush and giggle” when he sees the film with his wife, artist Adria Budd, he maintains it’s a date-night film—“It’s beautiful people getting sexy onscreen.” One viewer he’ll be forever steering away: his 9-year-old daughter. “Hopefully she forgets I’m in it.”
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