Jamie Dornan used to lie about his modelling career because he was embarrassed.

The 39-year-old actor — who has three daughters with wife Amelia Warner — struggled with the "energy" and the "vanity" of his former career and admitted when he used to meet women he'd pretend he had a different job.

In a cover story for the Dec/Jan issue of British GQ, the Fifty Shades of Grey star said: “I struggled with, let’s say, the energy. There’s too much vanity and it just feels douche-y as f***. Too much nonsense. Whenever I went on a date or met a girl in a pub or whatever, I’d say I was a landscape gardener or worked for Google – anything but admit to having my photograph taken for a living.”

Despite it being a big part of the job, Dornan — who started modelling in 2003 before taking his first steps into acting in 2006 — still isn't comfortable having his photograph taken because it feels so "unnatural".

He admitted: “I didn’t love [modelling]. And I still don’t like having my photograph taken. I find it odd. I find it an unnatural thing to happen. It’s not fun to be told continually to move your head about like it is on a swivel.”

Jamie turns 40 in May next year but he isn't "afraid" of the milestone because it has given him perspective.

He said: “It gives you perspective, doesn’t it? I am not afraid of that anymore. I’m not someone with a five-year plan... but if my twenties were about beginning this career, modelling, the start of acting, and my thirties were about establishing myself, then I want my forties to be about building something that will last.”

Dornan's new film, the Oscar buzzy Kenneth Branagh-directed Belfast, opens in the US on Nov 12. No release date has been announced. 

Read Dornan's GQ interview here.— BANG SHOWBIZ

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