Johnson adds that the studio and director were part of the problem, and EL James, the author of the Fifty Shades book, was also a problem on the set.
“She had a lot of creative control all day, every day, and she just demanded that something happen,” Johnson recalls. “Some parts of the book didn’t work in the movie. For example, the inner monologue was sometimes incredibly cheap. It didn’t work out loud. It was always a fight. Always … something weird. There were various disagreements. I couldn’t be honest about this because I wanted to promote the movie the right way. I’m proud of what we finally made. I’m thinking and everything works. It should be, but it was tricky. “
Even if there is a problem, Johnson says she doesn’t regret the role.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of regret, if you knew …” she says. “If I knew what it would be like then, no one would have done it. It would have been like,’Oh, this is a mental illness.’ But now I don’t regret it.”
Johnson will star in the next “Persuasion”. It will be released first in the theater and then on Netflix.