Dakota Johnson Addresses Jamie Dornan Dating Rumors, Calls Americans ‘Sexually Oppressed’

Dakota Johnson has a lot to say when it comes to sex.

Gracing the cover of Vogue’s February 2017 issue, the Fifty Shades Darker star opens up to the magazine about nudity, BDSM and, of course, those sex scenes with Jamie Dornan. Though she previously said that she’s totally “over” stimulating intercourse with her co-star, Johnson stands behind Fifty Shades of Grey in all its NSFW glory.

“I’m truly proud of it,” she tells the publication. “It’s a cool story, and I think it’s different, and different is what I’m all about.”

As for rumors that she’s secretly dating her married co-star, the 27-year-old jokes, “We hate each other and we’re having an affair, so everybody’s right. How about that?”

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CREDIT: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue

Having already appeared naked in the first installment of the erotic franchise (and presumably stripping down again in the upcoming sequels), Johnson isn’t worry about showing off skin. For her, intimate scenes like the ones she and Dornan shares are all about chemistry and action.

“Nudity is really interesting for an actor,” she says. “Jamie and I worked so incredibly closely for so long. There were no inhibitions, and it was very honest, very trusting. But I mean, what a gamble! What if he had turned out to be a total dick? There’s no makeup. There are no clothes to tell you a bit about the story. There’s no jewelry to give you a clue about social status. So it becomes purely about the performance.”

She continues, “Will I stop doing nude scenes when my boobs start sagging? I don’t know. Maybe I have more of a European mind-set about these things. I don’t want to see someone wearing a bra and underwear in a sex scene. Let’s be honest about it. People are naked when they f*ck.”

Johnson adds that her character, a college grad named Anastasia Steele who enters into a dominant/submissive sexual relationship with a wealthy businessman, is more of a “badass” in the new movie.

“She’s hyperintelligent and hypersexual and very tough and very loving, and her character has so many different aspects that don’t normally make sense in one person. I tried to amplify them all,” she says, explaining she developed a deep admiration for BDSM when preparing for the role.

“First of all, there are some very chic avenues in BDSM,” she shares. “It can be very beautiful and tasteful, and the materials can be luxurious. It’s not like being on Hollywood Boulevard and walking by a ball-gag store. But what I admire is the bravery and the honesty of people who get down with it, who aren’t afraid to say that they need something a bit more in order to get off. America is still so sexually oppressed. Isn’t God’s gift to humans the orgasm?”

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CREDIT: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue

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