After seriously months and months of speculation, Fifty Shades of Grey fans finally have their Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. As we reported yesterday, they’ll be played by Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and star of the short-lived FX sitcom “Ben & Kate,” and Charlie Hunnam, the hot dude who played Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller on “Sons of Anarchy” and Raleigh Becket in the recent robots vs. monsters movie “Pacific Rim.” The British actor, 33, is poised to (maybe) become the next Brad Pitt.
But who is Charlie Hunnam, anyway? Considering we’re about to spend a whole lot of time watching him whip Anastasia Steele into submission, we should know these things, right?
Find out after the jump!
1. Judd Apatow addicts may recognize him from a little show he did called “Undeclared.” I’ve been trying to figure out where I recognized him from — and it’s the 2001 series about a bunch of aimless college freshman, “Undeclared,” produced by “Freaks & Geeks” creator Judd Apatow. Hunnam played dreamy British dude Lloyd Haythe.
2. But he actually made a name for himself in England first. Hunnam starred in the original British series “Queer as Folk,” and was the title character in “Nicholas Nickleby” — where he made good friends with Jamie Bell and Anne Hathaway — before landing roles stateside.
3. He got married young — when he was just 19 years old. He met Katharine Towne when the pair both auditioned for roles on “Dawson’s Creek.” Hunnam didn’t get the part, but after four weeks of dating, the pair married in Las Vegas. After three years, though, the couple divorced. He’s been with jewelry designer Morgana McNelis since 2007.
4. He’s not into the party scene. He and McNelis moved to a ranch outside of Los Angeles to escape the city in July.
5. He loves working out (obvs). As if it weren’t totally obvious by his ripped physique, Hunnam finds a lot of “clarity” in exercising. “I’m happier, more confident, and more positive when I work out. And I feel like I’m a better actor because of the clarity it gives me,” he told Men’s Fitness. And he’s super into, uh, veggie juice. “Drinking vegetable juice every day,” he says, is his health secret.
6. He once fought off an home intruder. “I went to the Lake District and there was a very … regional, small town type of mentality up there, where fighting was a real currency and the hard guys were the celebrities of that town. So I ended up fighting a little bit growing up,” Hunnam told GQ. “I always think that the ability to fight and defend oneself is a skill that every man should have but endeavor never to use, you know? I would never willingly look to get into a physical altercation, but yeah — you break into my house at 3 o’clock in the morning, and I am going to whoop your fucking ass.”
7. He’s a bit of a sneakerhead. Hunnam collects Nike Air Max 90 sneakers. He’s nostalgic for this particular model because they remind him of a pair of shoes he had when he was 10. “They were £100 for a pair of those sneakers and I was pretty poor, so we weren’t spending that much money on sneakers in my household,” he said. “But I just absolutely loved them. So I got a little bit older and I think it was 2005 that they re-issued the infra-red colourway, which led to this insurgence of interest in the 90s. At that point, I could afford them. I don’t know how it happened, but I became obsessed with buying every colourway I could get my hands on. I was a super dork. You can collect sneakers and still be pretty cool – sneakers are cool – but if you never wear them and keep them box fresh? Then you’re just a dork. That’s what I was: I never wore them. But I never felt indulgent buying them all because I didn’t wear them. I thought they would at least retain their value, if not go up in value.”