Actor Jamie Dornan says he is “very close” friends with his “Fifty Shades Darker” co-star Dakota Johnson.

Dornan, who is married to songwriter Amelia Warner, says the time they have spent together on set has made them “great friends” who have a “great sort of love” for one another.

“I was only cast five weeks before we started filming the first movie, and that’s when I met Dakota for the first time. (Now) it’s been three years, (and) Dakota and I are very close,” Dornan told

“We’ve got a great sort of love and respect for each other. We’re great friends and I think that makes it easier, you know? So it’s definitely more comfortable,” he added.