Actor Charlie Hunnam arrives at the 'Sons of Anarchy' premiere screening in Hollywood on Sept. 8.
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The most-discussed actor in Hollywood has spoken out at last.
Charlie Hunnam, who has found himself in the center of the white-hot, Hollywood universe, spoke publicly for the first time since he was cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Hunnam talked to reporters at the FX Sons of Anarchy red carpet on Saturday and addressed the question on every fan's mind.
He said that during Fifty Shades of Grey auditions he had "tangible chemistry" with his future co-star Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele in the movie.
"As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us," Hunnam told The Hollywood Reporter. "It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it."
Hunnam also talked about how his girlfriend, jewelry designer Morgana McNelis, would handle watching him in the steamy scenes with Johnson.
"It's very hard to be with an actor," Hunnam said. "She's required to share parts of me that she wouldn't really want to share. With the nature of this role, that's going to be times 10."
But Hunnam added that his girlfriend "loved the books."
"She read them and loved them and was really excited about the potential of the opportunity for me," said Hunnam. "If anything, I think it will make us closer."