Dakota Johnson Thinks Sex Toys Are ‘Grimy and Nasty,’ But Also ‘Beautiful’

Jamie Dornan may not like bondage, but Dakota Johnson doesn’t seem to mind it.

In the March 2017 issue of British Glamour, the Fifty Shades Darker star opens up about working with sex toys for the erotic franchise. Though she admits she never knew much about the world of BDSM prior to filming the E. L. James adaptations, Johnson says she found herself having a deep appreciate for the sub-culture once she was, well, all tied up.

“Oh some of that stuff is just so beautiful!” she gushes to the publication. “When we first started on Fifty Shades, that wasn’t a world I was privy to at all, and I soon found out there are all these different tiers. There are some things out there that are really grimy and nasty, and then there are really beautiful, intricate and chic toys. Actually, whole aspects of the BDSM world are truly beautiful.”

The 27-year-old adds that she doesn’t regret taking on the role of Anastasia Steele, a college grad who enters into a sexual relationship with a wealthy businessman. For Johnson, she believes the film franchise has opened many doors for her.

“It comes in waves. But this project is not going to be my swan song,” she vows. “It has put my life on a path that I didn’t plan to go down, but I do feel proud of it. And the films have allowed me to do so many different projects and travel so much. In the end, Fifty Shades has plopped me in a world that I really wanted to be in.”

Dakota Johnson Glamour Cover
CREDIT: Glamour U.K.

Though she’s comfortable with the idea of getting naked and stimulating sex for the steamy flicks, Johnson isn’t ready to show her parents — Miami Vice star Don Johnson and Academy Award-nominated actress Melanie Griffith — her work. Griffith previously said she hasn’t seen Fifty Shades of Grey, and Johnson plans on keeping it that way.

“It’s too uncomfortable for them,” she says. “It’s one thing if a film has one sex scene in it, but with this, a large part of the premise is the arc of their sexual relationship, and I think that’s a little inappropriate for my family to watch.”