Dailies | ‘Fifty Shades of Grey's’ Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson Cozy Up For Entertainment Weekly (Photo)

'Fifty Shades of Grey's' Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson Cozy Up For Entertainment Weekly (Photo)

Universal Pictures and Focus Features have pushed back the release of the adaptation of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele's bondage-filled love affair by six months

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are getting up, close and personal for the first time since being cast as S&M lovers Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

The actors cozy up on the this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly to discuss what drew them to the breakout roles, the pressures their facing from the fans, and how they feel about baring their bodies on the big screen.

See photos: Jamie Dornan Is Christian Grey: Meet the Sexy Star of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

For Dornan — who audiences might recognize from Calvin Klein underwear modeling campaigns, as well as TV series “Once Upon a Time” and “The Fall” — taking off his clothes may be the easiest part of the job.

“I’m a fairly worldly guy,” Dornan says in the interview. “I grew up in a very liberal place. I’m not saying we had a playroom, but I’m not shocked by [the sex in the book]. It’s essential to tell the story. I can’t believe films that don’t invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me.”

Also read: ‘Wolverine’ Writer Mark Bomback to Polish ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Screenplay (Exclusive)

Dornan was cast after “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam vacated the role in director Sam Taylor-Johnson's film.

Although the adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling erotic novel of the same name was originally planned as a summer blockbuster for next year, the studio decided this week to release the film in 2015 on, perhaps, a more appropriate date: Valentine's Day.

Johnson, who was cast months before Dornan, has been taking advantage of the time before production to prepare her body for the exhibition of a lifetime.

“Obviously, I want to look good naked,” Johnson said. “I totally understand now why people exercise, because it kind of f–king feels awesome.”

See the full cover featuring the two rising stars, below:

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  • 50shadesfan

    Sorry but this just made me even more uninterested. She looks so old and this is not the vision of Ana and Christian that I got from the books. He looks a bit wimpy but I could deal with him, it's her that is just God awful when it comes to Ana. No thanks!

    • fan

      except he needs more blonde streaks on his hair

      • 50shadesfan

        Christian's hair is supposed to be dark copper. A brownish red. Not blonde. Jamie doesn't have anything Christian.

  • Erin

    If she's trying to look innocent she sucks at it!

  • Jim

    Release date held back til Feb 2015.

    They should 50 years-old Shades of grey by then.

  • Leslie

    Dakota looks more Ana than Jamie does Christian. He looks like a college frat guy in these pictures not the sexy, mysterious, epitome of male beauty Christian was described as. This has turned out to be such a disappointment.

    • Sara

      I think it's the other way around though I don't like either! Dakota looks old for her age and she doesn't have Ana's sweet, small gentle features and beautiful face, and she isn't doe-eyed or petite. She looks like she's been around the block, not innocent. Jamie is too short and scrawny looking and looks like a serial killer. It's just an awful casting all-around.

  • Kimberly

    People are way too judgmental I can't get over it. I think she looks the part very well. And she's not old shes only 24! Jamie looks like Christian in all the ways I could have imagined.

    • Sara

      She may be 24 but that doesn't mean she looks it! She looks to be in her 30s already and that's what people mean when fans say she's old. And she's supposed to be playing 21, and she can't even pull off 24. She fails to look the part. Ana has BIG eyes, is petite in stature and very dainty, and has a small, sweet, BEAUTIFUL face. Dakota doesn't embody that. She has pale skin and is slender and that's it.

  • Jacoya Major

    This is a picture of the actual people not the characters. We have makeup, wardrobe and a screen play to get the actual characters to come to life on the big screen. No ones imagination is the same, so who cares of this wasn't YOUR vision. Mrs James and her team did a good job w casting. Two unknown artist that weren't too mainstream to allow for better openness to the characters they have to portray. I can't wait…as soon as the tickets are available I will be purchasing in advanced.

  • LN

    the whole point is for her not giving the innocent look.. after all of the stuff she does with him! i would say she fits as an anna.. she is a total new face and i think she would be perfect at it! it would have been to predictable if different!

  • emelin rose balistoy

    i really can't wait about the MOVIE. love it! :*

  • Madison

    I don't think they could have done a better job. This picture and the actors portray Christian and Ana so well, by the way that she's subtly biting her lip, the tie, and how Jamie is wrapping his arms around her, protecting her just like Christian would. I think its an amazing job and I can't wait for the movie!