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Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson

Birthday: 4 October 1989, Austin, Texas, USA
Birth Name: Dakota Mayi Johnson
Height: 171 cm

Dakota Mayi Johnson is an American actress and fashion model. She was born in Austin, Texas, and is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Her maternal grandmother is actress Tippi H ...Show More

Dakota Johnson
[on her grandmother Tippi Hedren] She is the most glamorous woman I've ever seen. She's so beautiful Show more [on her grandmother Tippi Hedren] She is the most glamorous woman I've ever seen. She's so beautiful and smart and a real, true class act. She's just extraordinary. Hide
[on researching the role of Anastasia Steele] I wanted to keep myself distanced from it [BDSM] at fi Show more [on researching the role of Anastasia Steele] I wanted to keep myself distanced from it [BDSM] at first because I wanted Ana's reaction to certain things to be real, like new. To me, there's something really honest in wanting to completely give up control for just a second. Hide
[on her younger half-sister Stella Banderas] She's the smartest person in our family. [on her younger half-sister Stella Banderas] She's the smartest person in our family.
[Fifty Shades] was like watching someone who looked a lot like me doing really bizarre things. I was Show more [Fifty Shades] was like watching someone who looked a lot like me doing really bizarre things. I was completely detached. Hide
[on filming Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)] There were some painful moments. I got whiplash once from [ Show more [on filming Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)] There were some painful moments. I got whiplash once from [Jamie Dornan] throwing me on the bed. So fucking painful. Hide
[on growing up with famous parents] I think people, especially the press, like to pick on children o Show more [on growing up with famous parents] I think people, especially the press, like to pick on children of famous people and I think that's fucking awful. Things get made up. It's so, so sad. And there's absolutely nothing you can do about it as a 16-year-old. You're like, Why? What did I do? Hide
[on Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)] I just really understand it. I think it's an incredible love story Show more [on Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)] I just really understand it. I think it's an incredible love story and that's why it's affected so many people. Erica (E.L. James) did a really good job of explaining how that just can happen sometimes and you have this chemical pull to someone. Adding in the sex makes it perfect. Sometimes you feel a little bit naughty and that's okay. Hide
I didn't have any training in comedy or in improvisation. It was sort of scary at first, because it' Show more I didn't have any training in comedy or in improvisation. It was sort of scary at first, because it's a big thing to be working with those guys, because they are like the funniest people around right now. But once I got a handle on the way that they work, it was just so much fun. They improvised on 21 Jump Street as well. I went straight from The Five-Year Engagement to 21 Jump Street, so I had a bit of a handle on how to work with these guys. Hide
[on preparing to become Anastasia Steele] It was important to me that Ana's body look like that of a Show more [on preparing to become Anastasia Steele] It was important to me that Ana's body look like that of an active college student. And I was going to be naked, so I wanted to look good. I did a lot of working out and had more waxing than any woman should have! Hide
I've only been in long-term relationships. I've never really dated myself. I've only been in long-term relationships. I've never really dated myself.
[on filming Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)] Sometimes I did walk off the set feeling a bit shell-shocke Show more [on filming Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)] Sometimes I did walk off the set feeling a bit shell-shocked. The drive home from work helped me snap out of it. And a big glass of wine. Hide
I grew up around really not normal people. My family is general Hollywood. They're all artists; they Show more I grew up around really not normal people. My family is general Hollywood. They're all artists; they're creative people who are advocates for expressing themselves. But I also have to say I'm not impressed with Hollywood. Hide
[reading Fifty Shades of Grey] Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they wer Show more [reading Fifty Shades of Grey] Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes. I think there's a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down. Hide
I'm so happy when I'm working. I'm so happy when I'm working.
[on post-Fifty Shades stardom] There is something very scary about thinking everyone in the world wi Show more [on post-Fifty Shades stardom] There is something very scary about thinking everyone in the world will know who I am. Hide
I think about my dwindling anonymity, and that's really scary because a very large part of me would Show more I think about my dwindling anonymity, and that's really scary because a very large part of me would be perfectly happy living on a ranch in Colorado and having babies and chickens and horses - which I will do anyway. Hide
[on the Red Room of Pain] The scenes in that room were definitely the most vulnerable scenes in the Show more [on the Red Room of Pain] The scenes in that room were definitely the most vulnerable scenes in the movie, but it was a closed set. My mom told me that it's my right to ask for that during intimate scenes, so it seemed like Jamie [Dornan], Sam [Taylor-Johnson], and I were in this little world together. Hide
When mom and dad were at the height of their careers and things were super-crazy and they couldn't l Show more When mom and dad were at the height of their careers and things were super-crazy and they couldn't leave their houses, there wasn't social media. It was all about autographs. Now everyone's the press. I feel fame is perforated; it can be glorious but it can completely destroy a human too. Hide
I absolutely have shame and I do have guilt. I am a human. It's true that I'm not ashamed of my body Show more I absolutely have shame and I do have guilt. I am a human. It's true that I'm not ashamed of my body. I'm comfortable and I think more women should be more confident. I think nudity and sexual scenes are beautiful when they're tastefully done. Hide
[on receiving the call she was cast as Anastasia Steele] They said 'You got the offer' and I couldn' Show more [on receiving the call she was cast as Anastasia Steele] They said 'You got the offer' and I couldn't speak. I was just so relieved. I was crying and crying. Water was literally squirting out of my eyes because I had been so stressed out. And there's this giant Doberman Pincher laying on the bed next to me. And he just slowly fell asleep. It was so special and [this dog] didn't give a fuck about me and what I was going through. Hide
[on why she chose to be an actress] I felt so much when I was fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, I felt ev Show more [on why she chose to be an actress] I felt so much when I was fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, I felt everything. I didn't understand [myself], I was so happy yet so angry and sad. That was the point when I realized that I needed to tell stories and make characters come alive and I needed to make people cry, and make people angry, and make people happy, and make them laugh. Hide
[on filming BDSM sex scenes] It's stressful enough to be tied to a bed naked in a scene. But then th Show more [on filming BDSM sex scenes] It's stressful enough to be tied to a bed naked in a scene. But then they call 'cut' and you're still tied to the bed, naked. Hide
[on her grandmother Tippi Hedren] Seeing someone who has a gift of her caliber, and also to put her Show more [on her grandmother Tippi Hedren] Seeing someone who has a gift of her caliber, and also to put her whole life's work into fighting and saving animals and fighting for animals' rights and trying to pass bills and laws - that is the true essence of being a good person and doing something worthwhile. You can make a bunch of movies, but at the end of the day, if you're saving a bunch of lives, that's obviously a bit more important. Hide
[on Anastasia Steele criticism] This woman is incredibly smart. It's almost as if she's all-knowing Show more [on Anastasia Steele criticism] This woman is incredibly smart. It's almost as if she's all-knowing and therefore she hasn't given herself up emotionally or physically before. She's waited for this person who she can spar with mentally and who can completely ignite something in her. Hide
[on using improv techniques for The Five-Year Engagement (2012)] Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel to Show more [on using improv techniques for The Five-Year Engagement (2012)] Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel told me about what they wanted the base of this character to be, and then they gave me a lot of free range to do what I wanted. Obviously they use improv a lot, so I was pretty much able to create this character and make her really weird, annoying, and abrasive. Hide
I feel like women are so drawn to Christian [Grey] because he is very elegant and ambitious and smar Show more I feel like women are so drawn to Christian [Grey] because he is very elegant and ambitious and smart and strong. I don't know if I would have the patience that Ana has for him, though. Hide
[on preparing to be Anastasia Steele] It's a lot of getting into the character's head, Ana's headspa Show more [on preparing to be Anastasia Steele] It's a lot of getting into the character's head, Ana's headspace, kind of before she meets Christian. So it's a lot of reading, which I love, but she's an English major, so that's kind of boring. Hide
[on being naked with co-star Jamie Dornan] Jamie would be the first one to throw a blanket over me. [on being naked with co-star Jamie Dornan] Jamie would be the first one to throw a blanket over me.
I'd watch my parents work and think, 'Yeah, I'm going to do that.' It wasn't even a thing. It's the Show more I'd watch my parents work and think, 'Yeah, I'm going to do that.' It wasn't even a thing. It's the only thing I know how to do. Hide
[on being asked about her family] It's not necessarily annoying. I've come to understand the allure Show more [on being asked about her family] It's not necessarily annoying. I've come to understand the allure of that to other people, how it seems so interesting and different. But for me it's just my family, it's the way I grew up and it's my mom and my dad. It doesn't really bother me because I get it, but sometimes it's kind of a drag to talk about. People ask me about my grandmother (Tippi Hedren) a lot, too. Hide
[Colorado] was like a dream world. I loved it more than anything. My dad (Don Johnson) taught me how Show more [Colorado] was like a dream world. I loved it more than anything. My dad (Don Johnson) taught me how to build a fire, ride a horse, ride a motorcycle, and shoot a gun - before I was nine. That's really all you need. Hide
[on having doubts over accepting the role of Anastasia] Yes. Of course. Absolutely. The whole time. Show more [on having doubts over accepting the role of Anastasia] Yes. Of course. Absolutely. The whole time. Even now there are moments when I think, what the fuck have I done? But most of the time I feel pretty solid about it. Hide
[on Ben and Kate (2012)] I think that we're trying to bring back the idea of family being really imp Show more [on Ben and Kate (2012)] I think that we're trying to bring back the idea of family being really important, instead of just having a TV show about funny people doing funny things all the time. Hide
When I did The Social Network (2010), David Fincher told me that I managed to make a thankless chara Show more When I did The Social Network (2010), David Fincher told me that I managed to make a thankless character pretty awesome. I thought that was really cool because I think he's really cool. Hide
It was disappointing when Charlie [Charlie Hunnam] left [Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)], but everythin Show more It was disappointing when Charlie [Charlie Hunnam] left [Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)], but everything happened the exact way it was supposed to, I think. Hide
I love doing improv. I love comedy. I have always felt this way, even when I was really young. I love doing improv. I love comedy. I have always felt this way, even when I was really young.
I feel like I grew up in the circus. I know planes, trains and automobiles. And really talented, wei Show more I feel like I grew up in the circus. I know planes, trains and automobiles. And really talented, weird people. Hide
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