Jamie Dornan is one of the many celebrities who was featured in Gal Gadot‘s viral “Imagine” video and he’s speaking out to defend the intentions of the video.
Gal gathered a bunch of celebs to sing snippets of the John Lennon song “Imagine” to show support for people around the world affected by the current health crisis. Instead of inspiring fans, it actually got a negative reaction as people called out celebrities for singing lines like “imagine no possessions” when they actually are privileged.
Jamie opened up about the video during an appearance on the Tea With Me podcast.
“It’s a funny thing. Not being on social media, I wasn’t really that aware of the negative reaction, but I was made aware quite quickly by some mates,” he said. “It was early on in the lockdown process. Gal, who organized it, she organized it with Kristen Wiig.”
“Kristen and I did a movie together last summer that’s meant to be coming out this summer on July 31, but who knows what will happen. There’s still hoping it will get a cinematic release, who knows… We got on brilliantly. I would do anything for her — that’s how highly I think of her. I was the biggest fan of her before anyway,” Jamie added. “Such a genius… Kristen texted, ‘My friend Gal and I are trying to organize this thing to lift people’s spirits.’”
Jamie said that he was told they wanted him to sing just a line from the song and he could pick between two different lines. He said “of course” he’d do it and it sounded like a “lovely thing to do.”
A few days after the video was released, Kristen texted Jamie and said “sorry” for asking him to be part of the video.
“I’ll tell you what the problem was. I literally did mine in the toilet of my house… Quite clearly, some people had escaped to their second home,” Jamie continued. “There’s too much acreage in the background, too many beautiful trees swaying in the background, clearly in front of an ocean, that sort of craic. I was quite aware of that whenever I was doing it, to make it normal.”
Jamie defended Gal by saying, “Listen. Break it all down, that’s a very well-known, successful, beautiful person, who, I’ve never met, but everyone I know says she’s lovely and she’s all about being good and kind. She was trying to do a good and kind thing and just got nailed for it. I just got dragged along with it, but listen, what are we going to do.”
You can watch the segment starting at the 22:24 mark in the video below.