Dakota Johnson Chats with Vogue.
With the highly anticipated release of Fifty Shades of Grey coming up, everyone wants to know all things Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and so on the first day of London’s fashion week, Vogue sat down for a chat with the lovely Dakota Johnson where her photos and words do not disappoint!
My most favorite thing about London,” confides Dakota Johnson on the first day of our madcap foray into the capital’s Fashion Week, “is that nobody recognizes me. It’s really . . . cool.”
The article goes on to say that while Dakota can wander the streets and events generally unnoticed, it is surely all to change when her portrayal as Anastasia Steele hits the screens.
“I think about my dwindling anonymity,” she says, “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.” Still, she could not pass up the opportunity to play a character that so many people felt they knew. “I wanted to be involved because it’s so different,” says Dakota, “and it’s an intense love story.”
Like us Fifty fans, it seems like movie director was instantly taken by the pretty actress too!
“It was one of those little appearances where you think, I need more of that girl!” For the Fifty Shades audition, Dakota was given a monologue from Persona, Ingmar Bergman’s intense 1966 psychological drama. “She blew us out of the water,” Taylor-Johnson remembers. “She understood the nuance of that passage and how to play something delicately. Dakota has the ability to play so fragile and vulnerable, but with this underlying strength that makes you feel she is going to triumph.”
“We couldn’t offer her the part until we felt there was a definite chemistry between her and whoever was going to play the part of Christian,”
Enter the very handsome, Jamie Dornan. Their chemistry was said to be immediate.
“Dakota is very funny—and humor on a film set goes a long way,” says Dornan. “But she also had the ability to be a very strong dramatic actress. She’d be telling a joke one minute and breaking your heart on-screen the next—so she was perfect.”
Dakota hasn’t yet seen the movie for herself but she does admit to being one of the more than 100 million viewers who have seen the trailer, which has become Universal’s most-viewed teaser ever.
“It’s just the most insane thing to be a part of,” Dakota says. “I’ve never experienced anything like this; I don’t think anyone has. It’s terrifying—and it’s exciting.”
Onto the fashion talk!
With eclectic red-carpet dressing on her mind, Dakota is contemplating a rack of clothes to wear to a trio of hot-ticket London Fashion Week shows. Chic sexy? Ethereal romantic? Hitchcock class? And what about a shoulder purse? “It’s so nineties,” she says, sighing appreciatively.
The actress exudes the effortless cool of an It girl, from her Stella McCartney platforms and the eighties Rive Gauche and Ungaro pieces in her wardrobe (recently ferreted out from a vintage store on the Rue de Grenelle) to the discreet skull earrings that were a gift from her mother (Melanie Griffith, if you didn’t get the memo; Don Johnson is her father and Antonio Banderas her stepfather). The clothes are arranged in a suite at the Chiltern Firehouse, her London home from home.
But what else has she actress been up to recently?
She has just spent two months on the rugged and far-flung Italian island of Pantelleria filming an update of Jacques Deray’s iconic 1969 movie La Piscine (in which she reprises the role played by Jane Birkin in the original) with I Am Love’s high-style director, Luca Guadagnino (Taylor-Johnson recommended her for the role). Dakota loved Guadagnino (“I’m so excited that he exists,” she says), as well as her costars Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton, who calls her Cousin Duckie and talked her down from the ledge when she felt ill prepared for the role, which she had landed just days before filming began. “At times I was like, ‘This is my slow, trickling descent into madness—I won’t come back from this!’ ” Dakota says, laughing. “Luckily, I was playing a complete sociopath.”
Something you may not know about Dakota, she’s big on animal rights and welfare and Stella McCartney spoke of twelve horses Dakota saved from being sent to a meat market.
In a later conversation where Dakota has finally seen the latest cut of her movie, she’s thrilled but described also as discombobulated.
“It looks beautiful,” she says. “I’ve never seen anything like it. But it’s confusing to the brain—I still can’t look at it objectively or wrap my head around it. The parts of the movie that are difficult to watch were even more difficult—and emotionally taxing—to shoot.”
‘It’s just insane,’ Johnson says of Fifty Shades. ‘I’ve never experienced anything like it—I don’t think anyone has’
These are just snippets from the full Vogue piece and you can find the fully sourced article at the bottom of the page, but first, we couldn’t possibly give you a Fifty Shades related article without giving you the trailer to watch too…