'Fifty Shades': How 'Darker' Got It Hotter

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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson talk '50 Shades Darker' with USA TODAY's Andrea Mandell. USA TODAY NETWORK

"There are more sex scenes in this one than the first one," says Dakota Johnson of the sequel 'Fifty Shades Darker.'(Photo: Doane Gregory, Universal Pictures)

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LOS ANGELES — A fully bearded Jamie Dornan stretches out a leg on top of a journalist’s knee. “Do you mind if I put my feet up?” he grins, as Dakota Johnson laughs next to him.

Fifty Shades Darker (in theaters Thursday), the new sequel based on the best-selling BDSM romance series by E.L. James, finds the sexually dominant billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) beginning to compromise with an increasingly independent Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).

But sit with the movie's stars and one thing is clear: These two are in their sophomore year of Fifty Shades of Grey, and things are different.

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"We have a friendship that will be a forever friendship, because we’ve gone through this thing together," explains Dornan, 34, who shot the franchise's last two installments, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, simultaneously with Johnson, 27, last year. "I know what Dakota’s going through the whole way through the movie and she knows what I’m going through. And nobody else does."

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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return in 'Fifty Shades Darker.' (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY)

Fighting off a rainy, chilly day in a cozy sweater over her black crop top, Johnson nods. "We also spend so much time together that it’s quite easy to figure out if the other person is about to have a mental breakdown," she grins.

The easy vibe today marks a stark contrast to the Fifty Shades of Grey media tour in 2015, which was plagued with rumors that the two stars hated each other (not true, they told USA TODAY at the time) and that James feuded on set with director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

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For its sequel, Darker found a new director in James Foley (House of Cards, Billions), who has his own take on the drama.

Johnson and Dornan "told me they barely knew each other when they started the first one. There was some friction in the making of that" film, he says. "But then they really bonded, interestingly enough, in the publicity tour around the world later, so when we started (Darker), they were already up to speed."

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They're back. Christian (Jamie Dornan), Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) and all things 'Fifty Shades' are returning for the sequel to 2015's hit NSFW film. The film's stars took to Hollywood Thursday night to premiere 'Fifty Shades Darker.'  Allen Berezovsky, WireImage>FullscreenDakota Johnson
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    Today the pair can name each other's go-to food cravings (sushi for Johnson, Wendy's for Dornan) and joke about what one has taught the other. "Humor?" Johnson deadpans.

    Upon taking the job, Foley immediately made several Fifty changes, first flying to London to bond with James and her screenwriter husband, Niall Leonard (by phone, the famous author calls Foley “incredibly collaborative, he’s a real professional"); asking Dornan to build a more muscular frame; and changing up the sets, including the infamous sex toy-filled Red Room.

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    “I wanted it to be warmer, I wanted it to be funny and I wanted the sex to be erotic. Those were my marching orders to myself,” Foley says.

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    Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson reprise their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in 'Fifty Shades Darker.' (Photo: Doane Gregory, Universal Pictures)

    For Dornan, "it’s nice to see Christian smile a little bit" in the sequel, he says. The character's ripped frame, he adds, was "probably the shape I was meant to be in in the first movie, but I was cast five weeks before we started filming, so I didn’t have time to do that."

    In Darker, there's also a major uptick in kinky sex scenes, aided by less apprehensive leads. This time, “I definitely felt more comfortable with being assertive and opinionated about the way certain scenes should go,” Johnson says.

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    What's something people don't know about Dornan? "He’s a great cook!" says Johnson. Dornan in turn calls his co-star "a crazy fast (expletive) good driver."  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY>FullscreenNew scruff and a more muscular build aren't the only
    New scruff and a more muscular build aren't the only new elements to Christian Grey in 'Darker.' "It's nice to see Christian smile a little bit" in the sequel, says Dornan.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY>Fullscreen"We finished shooting at sunrise in front of the Louvre,"
    "We finished shooting at sunrise in front of the Louvre," says Johnson of the last shot of 'Fifty Shades Freed,' the final 'Fifty Shades' film, which arrives in theaters in 2018.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY>FullscreenAfter shooting the trilogy, Dornan calls theirs a "forever
    After shooting the trilogy, Dornan calls theirs a "forever friendship." Adds Johnson: "We also spend so much time together that it’s quite easy to figure out if the other person is about to have a mental breakdown."  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY>FullscreenThe stars were happy to shoot the last two 'Fifty Shades'
    The stars were happy to shoot the last two 'Fifty Shades' movies, 'Darker' and 'Freed,' simultaneously over six months last year. "The idea of making 'Darker' and taking a year and a half off and then coming back and making 'Freed' is crazy to me. And also, I can’t keep pretending I look 28," Dornan laughs.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY>FullscreenDCB Select - 2/3/17 4:17:54 PM -- Los Angeles, CA:
    The most indulgent thing these two did after a day of filming? "Drink," they both respond in unison.  Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY>Fullscreen

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      Laughter was an icebreaker on the set. “For instance, when (Johnson's) spanked, she giggles a little bit. It makes the whole thing OK,” says the director.

      So at the end of those S&M-filled work days, is a glass of wine required to take the edge off?

      Dornan raises an eyebrow.

      More like "a bottle of wine," he says.

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      When Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) decide to rekindle their romance, someone from Grey's past appears to object.

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