Dakota has been talking to Elle magazine about her lead role as Anastasia Steele in the upcoming movie adaptation of mummy-porn hit 50 Shades Of Grey. It seems like she is more than happy with all the attention she will be getting and is also completely comfortable about any scenes she is asked to do as part of the movie.
The secret apparently, according to Dakota anyway, is to have absolutely no shame. In her own words she says she doesn’t have any problem doing anything.
Despite her self-confidence to do anything that is thrown at her it is not the sex scenes that most interested Dakota in the book bit how Anastasia and Christian broke each other down emotionally. She said ‘ I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.’
Dakota comes from a good acting pedigree with both parents having had long careers. Her father Don Johnson is still best known for his role as policeman Sonny Crockett in the 80s cop hit Miami Vice. The show was almost better known for Don Johnson’s fashion choices and Jan Hammer’s distinctive theme music than it was for its plot lines.
Dakota’s mother is actress Melanie Griffith who adds further acting pedigree to the family by virtue of her mother Tippi Hedren, who found fame in her leading roles in Alfred Hitchcock movies such as The Birds and Marnie. Melanie herself started working in show business before her 1st birthday with a part in a commercial. She is no stranger to sexy roles years and first appeared nude at the age of 17 in the 1975 movie Night Moves. She most recently appeared nude in scenes for the movie Forever Lulu when she was 42-years old.
Dakota may have to face a fairly harsh female audience in her new role as she has had much criticism for the fact that she looks little like Anastasia’s description in the novels. In fact there are plenty of comments made online over the last few days, almost exclusively by women, where people are not happy with the choice of Dakota for the role of Anastasia.
It is likely to be a big year for Dakota and CNN has already named as her of their top new talents to watch in 2014 as she was placed in their list of 10 CNN Fresh Faces last month. She is in good company on the list as it also includes the Oscar-nominated actress Lupita Nyong’o who has made a big impression on the red carpet over the last few weeks as well as on-screen with her performance in the movie 12 Years A Slave.
Others on the CNN Fresh Faces list include actress Natalie Dormer, who plays the ex lover of Sherlock Holmes in Elementary and somebody else who comes from a movie background, Gia Coppola, who is the granddaughter of directing legend Francis Ford Coppola and the niece of Sofia Coppola.
Inn fact a quote from Gia Coppola might be a good thing for Dakota to think about as she is prepares to make her debut in a lead movie role ‘My name does help me get in the door, but it doesn’t do the work for me.’
Fans still have some time to wait to see how Dakota does in the role of Anastasia as Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t due to be released until 13 February 2015.