Marcia Gay Harden "Shame-Read" Fifty Shades to Prepare for Her Film Role As Mrs. Grey

Entertainment Mar. 12, 2014 AT 8:10PM
Marcia Gay Harden Marcia Gay Harden, who plays Christian Grey's mom in Fifty Shades of Grey, said working on the erotic film was "like doing any other movie." Credit: Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Mama Grey gets real! Marcia Gay Harden, who plays the mother of billionaire Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, told BBC News in an interview posted Wednesday, March 12 that the experience of working on the film adaptation of the erotic series was "like doing any other movie."

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"I'm momma Grey and we're having a dinner party," 54-year-old Harden explained of her role. "'Do come over to the dinner party? Oh, did you like your meal? Oh lovely. Oh, would you like another cocktail. Oh, perfect.' That's my experience," she explained of her character as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, the family matriarch in the series.

"But you know that you're a part of something so much bigger," she explained of Fifty Shades' significance. "You're part of an event. Because everybody reads this book."

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In a Tuesday interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Oscar winner admitted that she "shame-read" the raunchy book to prepare for her role. "It's like, unless you're in the red playroom with a toy in your hand and flesh on your face, it's sort of like any other movie that you could do," she said to EW.

Harden also revealed some details about costars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. "He's just had a baby. He's a sweet guy. He does surfing," Harden told BBC of the dreamy actor. "He sings a little Irish ditties occasionally… or sometimes, Rita Ora, who's in it." (Singer Ora plays Dornan's sister Mia Grey in the movie.)

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The Trophy Wife star also sang praises about Johnson, whom she referred to as "Ana," short for Anastasia Steele, in her BBC interview. "She's very clear on what she's doing, very focused on her job," she said of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith's daughter.

The Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed film, which wrapped filming in Vancouver last month, will hit theaters on Feb. 13, 2015.

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