ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim star has been keeping a low profile and staying off the internet ever since the news that he'd landed the lead as Christian Grey in the cult-obsessed Fifty Shades of Grey broke last week.

But while on the red carpet for the premiere of SoA Season 6, he stopped to chat with The Hollywood Reporter about his newest - and, to date, biggest - role.

He revealed that he was hesitant about the part, but once he read with , who will be starring opposite him as Anastasia Steele, he was immediately on board, thanks to their "weird" chemistry:

As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us. It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.

Speaking of that chemistry, does he worry about how intimate and open and sexually-charged the film will be? In a word, no, because he's been there, done that:

My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. It was incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man. I mean I'm 16 and 17 years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.

(Sidenote: I kind of love that he used the word "lady", no idea why.)

Lastly, it was surprisingly his girlfriend, Morgana McNelis, with whom Hunnam has been paired since 2007, who helped him to make the decision to take the role:

It's very hard to be with an actor. She's required to share parts of me that she wouldn't really want to share. With the nature of this role, that's going to be times 10...She read them and loved them and was really excited about the potential of the opportunity for me. If anything, I think it will make us closer.

A scholar and a gentleman, oh my. You should be warming to the idea of him as Christian Grey, ladies.

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