Jamie explained that he never let his guard down because he wanted to protect people around him
The Northern Irish actor, who rose to fame after starring as Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey movie trilogy from 2015 to 2018, admitted that he continued to wear a mask even when Covid restrictions began to ease in England.
After months of not having to wear face coverings, the compulsory wearing of masks on public transport and indoor settings was reintroduced in the UK earlier this week amid concerns of the Omicron variant.
Jamie explained that he never let his guard down because he wanted to protect people around him.
“I’ve been very vigilant about the masks even in times where it’s become a bit lax,” he said on FM104.
“In Ireland, less so, but in the UK, particularly in London, there was a time there where it was like it was over, like the pandemic was over. Everyone was just mask-free, even on the Tube and stuff. It was mad.
“But I would always do it because I’m wanting to protect people around me and myself but [also] because it’s a good thing if you’re recognisable to have half your face covered.
“I don’t care how uncomfortable it is. It’s definitely a benefit.”
The 39-year-old said that he gets recognised for his role in the 50 Shades franchise all the time, and can tell when a fan has seen the film by the “energy” they approach him with on the street.
“Sometimes there’s a bit of a giveaway, often the sort of energy they approach you with. If it’s boundless, hopping, jumping up and down, frantic energy, it’s usually 50 Shades,” he said.
“If it’s a bit more relaxed, it’s going to be something else. But it’s not a bad thing to be appreciated for whatever you’ve done so I’ll take it in whatever form it comes in.”