Good news, 50 Shades of Grey fans: This week’s cover story of Entertainment Weekly is aaaaaaaaall about your favorite obsession—and its film adaptation’s stars. They haven’t started shooting yet, so no, this isn’t an official first look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele; they are, however, doing a pretty good impersonation of their characters, thanks to that hapless little necktie.
Dakota, who recently dyed her natural blonde locks brunette for the role, dished to EW that being cast meant seriously working out for the first time in her life. “Obviously I want to look good naked,” she said, adding, “I totally understand now why people exercise, because it kind of f***ing feels awesome.”
Jamie, meanwhile, isn’t at all worried about the graphic sex scenes he and Dakota will be shooting. “I’m a fairly worldly guy,” he said. “I grew up in a very liberal place. I’m not saying we had a playroom, but I’m not shocked by [the sex in the book]. It’s essential to tell the story. I can’t believe films that don’t invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me.
Shooting is slated to begin on December 2; it’s also just been announced that the film’s new release date will be Valentine’s Day 2015. Fitting, no?
Tell us: What do you think about 50 Shades’ leading couple?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.