So, when it came time to channel his BDSM-loving character in Fifty Shades of Grey, the happily-married star and father-of-one decided to visit a sex dungeon and watch people get it on.
According him, it was, ahem, quite the experience.
“I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did…whatever they were into. I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives,” he told Elle UK in the publication’s latest issue. “I was like: ‘Come on guys I know I’m not paying for this but I am expecting a show.’ It was an interesting evening.”
He added, “Then going back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards… I had a long shower before touching either of them.”
Despite going that far to get into character, Dornan did previously say that he will not take off his clothes in the upcoming E.L. James adaption, explaining that he — unlike Ben Affleck in Gone Girl — didn’t want to show his penis on screen.
“You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out. You don’t want to make something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic,” Dornan told The Observer earlier this year. “There were contracts in place that said that viewers wouldn’t be seeing my, um… todger.”