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The third generation of consecrated artists seems to have inherited the ability of its family. Born on October 4, 1989 in Austin, Texas, she received the outstanding skills of her parents, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and from her grandmother who is Tippi Hedren, and in 1996, Antonio Banderas became her stepfather.
She made her feature film debut with Crazy in Alabama (1999) starring Griffith and Banderas. In 2006, she was named Miss Golden Globe. After being successful as a model, Johnson had a small role as Sean Parker's lover (Justin Timberlake) in the dramatic film "The Social Network" (2010) which won an Oscar for "Best Ensemble" and also was awarded at various festivals.
The actress went on to be cast for roles in such major films as "Beastly" (2011), "21 Jump Street" (2012) and "The Five-Year Engagement" (2012) being a single mother in "Ben and Kate" (Fox 2012-13) where she had the star role of Kate. It was followed by important cast roles in "Need For Speed" (2014) and dramatic "Cymbeline" (2014), and Johnson became one of the highest profile young actresses, when she was cast as the innocent Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of the book "Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)". Although the film was hardly well received, it had a great success in the box office. Johnson's next and greatest success came with the release of the dramatic film "Black Mass" (2015), where she worked with Johnny Depp, who played the famous and true gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, the Bostonian who became an informer for the FBI.
In the not yet released "Fifty Shades Darker" returns the same type of argument. How does it help keep the topic fresh? What makes it exciting and different for you?
Dakota: That was something that intrigued me to do the three films because I felt in the first we were affirming this story and the characters and telling the people who they were and what they were doing. In this, it was more about discovering Anastasia's sexual journey and her attempt to get to know herself, and what she likes to be with this other person, who is very firm in his goals. So I think it was to focus on the details and the relationship between two people.
Can you comment on your feeling of focusing on the details? You mentioned "sex toys" (laughs).
Dakota: Make a film with that prevailing concept, you are forced to investigate, and my research is mostly about what I can learn about that kind of life and all the things that are added to it. There are some of them that are really beautiful. I don't have any "sex toys" (laughs), but the feelings of these films have an irresistible force. Sometimes it can cause fear but it does not cause me that effect. I don't always find it a hundred percent positive. I also get waves and feelings of insecurity, and I wonder what people can learn from all this.
You made the first film of this series with Jamie Dornan and now you'll be together again. How was filming with him again?
Dakota: We were lucky enough to film them one after the other. So we spent six months together and we could act the most intimate scenes, which were not sexually explicit, but were emotionally intimate. We get along very well and after the daily filming, especially on the weekends, we spent time doing things, shopping and sightseeing.
You said that your father (actor Don Johnson) was not very protective. I want to refer to your mother (actress Melanie Griffith), how did she feel that a little girl was growing up doing such revealing roles?
Dakota: I think my father was quite protective. But when they saw me doing this job, they could not do anything. I was pretty tough. I thought they would like to see these movies that put me in that place in my life, but it was inappropriate (laughs) ... They don't judge me on the projects that I decided to do. They judged me, about what kind of human being I am with other human beings.
You are very comfortable with your body, what gives you so much confidence when you are so young?
Dakota: I think it probably comes from my mother. I grew up thinking that women are beautiful and that makes them feel comfortable with their bodies, and that is good to have a body and there is nothing wrong with that.
Once Woody Allen said that women give sex to get love and that men give love to get sex, do you agree with that thought?
Dakota: That's a very broad concept. And I don't agree at all, although I am sure that in certain circumstances it can happen. "The most amazing experience".
Did you finish filming Suspiria? (NdR: It is a remake with the same title of the film in 1977, directed by Dario Argento).
Dakota: Yes, we've just filmed the new version directed by Luca Guadagnino.
What was it like filming with Luca?
Dakota: Until this point in my career, it was the most incredible experience of my life.
Dakota: I can't tell you (laughs). Well, first of all, I loved the original movie. We did our best to improve the argument with the cast and the people interested in the project. The artistic level was formidable. So everyone, from the producer to the music, everything was fascinating, beautiful and terrifying.