Taryn Manning
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Another day, another celeb reacting to the news that Charlie Hunnam has been cast to play Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. And this time, it’s Hunnam’s former Sons of Anarchy co-star Taryn Manning singing his praises.

When speaking with E! News yesterday, Manning heard the news of Hunnam’s upcoming role for the first time.

“Wait…what? That’s so amazing! Really? Wow! That is total news to me,” Manning said. “I love Charlie. Working on Sons of Anarchy with him, I mean he has a full accent and just watching him act on set, he is amazing.”

But what exactly is it that makes him so amazing? According to Manning, Hunnam is more than just a great actor with a pretty face: “He studies so hard. One time, my mom and I went to breakfast in Hollywood and he was sitting at the diner all by himself and he was reading a novel for a movie he was about to do based on the novel. He was sitting alone just reading it and, I don’t know, at that moment, I looked at him in a different light. I had already seen him on set so dedicated, and then seeing him sitting alone at breakfast just working on his craft, he is just a true actor.”

However, his dedication to his craft doesn’t mean that he isn’t, you know, really, really pretty. Manning called Hunnam a “total babe,” adding that, “He was so nice to my mom. He stood up to meet her. Just very chivalrous, old-fashioned and great manners. I have nothing but love for him.”

So what does she think of the backlash from fans?

“Do you realize every single woman that is my friend is, like, ‘Tell me everything about Charlie.’ All the time. He is kind of like how girls feel about Eminem or Justin Timberlake. He is just a heartthrob, so I don’t understand why anyone would question that casting decision. And if you watch the show, he is so noble and strong. That’s weird to me. I don’t understand the backlash. I don’t agree. I think he is perfect for that part!”

What do you think, PopWatchers? Should fans listen to Manning and have faith that Hunnam will work hard to become the perfect Christian Grey, or are you still passing around that Matt Bomer petition?

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