The huge ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ casting news, while exciting, might have had you asking yourself, “Who?” Fear not — we’ll acquaint you with the woman playing Anastasia long before she submits to Christian Grey on screen.
In a smart casting move, the producers of the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey went with a relative unknown for the role of Anastasia Steele, choosing Dakota Johnson, 23. Before you start picturing this blonde starlet becoming the Fifty Shades protagonist, here are some things you should know about her.
Dakota Johnson: 5 Things To Know About ‘Fifty Shafes Of Grey’ Star
1. She’s Hollywood Royalty
Dakota has serious pedigree! The young actress is the daughter of Miami Vice star Don Johnson and actress Melanie Griffith. But that’s not all — Dakota is also the granddaughter of the iconic Birds actress, Tippi Hedren. And ever since her mother married Antonio Banderas in 1996, he has been her stepfather! That’s a pretty star-studded family.
2. Last Time You Saw Her She Was A Mother
Dakota’s biggest and most recent role — before Fifty Shades of Grey of course — was as Kate Fox in Fox’s Ben and Kate. In the show, Dakota played a neurotic, yet funny, single mother who lets her goofy older brother move in to help take care of her child. Unfortunately, Ben and Kate was canceled after one season.
3. She’s Used To Having Her Picture Taken
Looking at Dakota, this should be no surprise — she’s a model too! In 2006, Dakota signed with IMG Models, a top modeling agency. She was the face of MANGO Jeans in 2009 and has graced the cover of international magazines like Spain Glamour and L’Officiel.
4. She’s Bedded Justin Timberlake
Well, sort of. In 2010’s The Social Network, Justin Timberlake’s character gets a hot tip about Facebook after sleeping with a sexy Standford coed. Played by who? That’s right — Dakota!
5. She’s Not As Adventurous As Anastasia
While Anastasia was willing to hop into bed (and many other things) with Christian Grey, it appears that Dakota is much more conservative and cautious about her romantic choices. “I’m more of a person who goes with the flow of things,” she told USA Today in Oct. 2012. “I have a boyfriend that I’ve been with for a while. I’ve only been in long-term relationships. I’ve never really dated myself.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Now that you know a little more about her, do you think she’s the right choice to play Anastasia? Let us know!
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— Andrew Gruttadaro
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- ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Movie Release Date Revealed
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