Dakota Johnson also debunked the persistent rumors that she and her costar Jamie Dornan were feuding. “There was never a time when we didn’t get along,” she told Vanity Fair. “I know it’s weird, but he’s like a brother to me. I love him so, so, so much. And we were really there for each other. We had to really trust each other and protect each other.”
Johnson also mentioned that when Sam Taylor-Johnson stepped down for the second film and James Foley was hired, it changed things. She said:
“It was different doing those bizarre things with a man behind the camera. Just a different energy. There are things that I still cannot say because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s career and I don’t want to damage anybody’s reputation, but both Jamie and I were treated really well. Erika is a very nice woman, and she was always kind to me and I am grateful she wanted me to be in those movies.”
The whole thing sounds like it was a complete mess, though neither Johnson nor Dornan’s careers have suffered. I did wonder back then if they would. It’s one thing to read a badly written book about this stuff; it’s another to get it up on the screen. No shaming from me at all as far as the subject matter, but the book was also a complete mess, with Christian Grey’s abusive and stalking behaviors portrayed as romantic. I’m glad both actors have come out of this better for it.