It must be strange to be Dakota Johnson, one of the stars of the biggest R-rated movie ever, and one who has received nothing by vitriol and three 2016 Razzie award wins to show for it (well, that and the shedload of money she'll have made by the time the trilogy is finally defeated and put to rest).
Despite having her name and her private parts rocketed to fame in last year's box office killing but critically maimed Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, Johnson has regardless done a pretty good job of staying out of the spotlight whenever necessary.
Whilst the slating of the movie by critics and industry professionals alike has been going on for a solid year now, Johnson has remained fairly silent in the face of criticism; criticism not directed just at the film, but also at the acting of both her and her co-star Jamie Dornan (the duo picked up the Razzie Awards for Worst Actor, Worst Actress and Worst Screen Combo).
But in a new interview with The Pretenders rock star Chrissie Hynde for Interview Magazine, Johnson opened up a little about her work on the sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, which are currently filming in Vancouver. And — like us — Johnson is starting to get a little tired of Fifty Shades. Specifically, with the sex scenes.
"I'm doing [a sex scene] today. It's not ... comfortable. It's pretty tedious. I've been simulating sex for seven hours straight right now, and I'm over it."
It's understandable for Johnson to feel this way; when your work day involves showing up and pretending to have sex all day with someone you have zero on screen chemistry with it must start to drag after a while, but hey, at least she's getting paid for it (unlike the rest of us who also have to suffer through this).
She's not the only one to express some worries about her role in the franchise; her co-star and on-screen stalker/boyfriend/fiancee/abuser/husband (pick any and all that apply) Jamie Dornan previously described his character to the Guardian as a "sick psychopath bastard".
But, as Dornan himself notes, "it does no harm to be in a film that makes half a billion dollars"; though he sometimes still has a hard time believing that he signed up to portray dubious heart throb Christian Grey in the first place:
"There are times when I’ll be like: ‘Huh, someone made a Fifty Shades movie, that’s funny.’ And then I’ll be like: ‘Wait, I’m the guy?!'"
Fifty Shades Darker arrives February 10, 2017, with Fifty Shades Freed dropping February 9, 2018.