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Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey.

About Dakota Johnson (1989 – ____)

Dakota Mayi Johnson was born on October 4, 1989, in Austin, Texas, to actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. She is the maternal granddaughter of advertising executive and former child actor Peter Griffith and actress Tippi Hedren, and half-niece of actress Tracy Griffith and production designer Clay A. Griffin. Her former stepfather is actor Antonio Banderas. She has six half-siblings; four on her father's side, which includes actor Jesse Johnson, and two on her mother's side.

Johnson attended Aspen Community School in Aspen, Colorado. She later attended the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California, for her freshman year of high school before transferring to New Roads School in Santa Monica, California. She was an avid dancer as a child. She became interested in modeling at age 12 after a photo shoot with children of other celebrities for Teen Vogue.

In 1999, Johnson made her film debut in Crazy in Alabama where she and her half-sister, Stella Banderas, played daughters to their real-life mother, Melanie Griffith. The film was directed by her then-stepfather, Antonio Banderas. In 2006, she was chosen as Miss Golden Globe 2006, where she served as the first second-generation Miss Golden Globe in the Globes' history.

Once Johnson graduated from high school, she signed with the William Morris Agency and started her acting career. She appeared in the critically acclaimed box office hit The Social Network which was directed by David Fincher. She has also appeared in Beastly, Ezna Sands' film Chloe and Theo, and So Yong Kim's film For Ellen. In 2012, she had roles in Christopher Neil's film Goats, with David Duchovny; Nicholas Stoller's film The Five-Year Engagement for producer Judd Apatow, and the film 21 Jump Street. She also played the female lead in Chris Nelson's film Date and Switch.

In March 2012, Johnson was cast as Kate in the Fox comedy series Ben and Kate, marking her television debut. The show was cancelled in January 2013 after one season. Johnson quickly resumed her film career, and appeared in Need for Speed (2014). She also has been cast in the modern-day film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline.

In 2013, she had a role as one of the new hires on the "Finale" episode of The Office. Johnson played Anastasia "Ana" Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey, which was released in February 2015. Johnson won the role over Lucy Hale, Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Danielle Panabaker and Shailene Woodley. On February 15, 2015, Johnson appeared on Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special and hosted SNL on February 28, 2015, making her the second daughter of a former SNL host (after Gwyneth Paltrow, whose mother Blythe Danner hosted during the show's seventh season in 1982) to host herself. Also in 2015, she reunited with her 21 Jump Street cast member Johnny Depp, playing the mother of his character's child in the feature film Black Mass.

In 2015, Johnson starred in Luca Guadagnino's thriller A Bigger Splash, opposite Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ralph Fiennes. She also played a lead in the 2016 comedy How to Be Single, with Leslie Mann and her Date and Switch costar Nicholas Braun.

Johnson mentioned in the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of AnOther Magazine, that she is already deep in ballet training to prepare for Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria. She will star with Schnoenaerts again in The Sound of Metal, where she plays a singer, and he plays a drummer who begins to lose his hearing. She was set reunite with both her The Social Network producer Michael De Luca and costar Andrew Garfield for the crime thriller Under the Silver Lake but had to drop out and Riley Keough took the role. She will also star in and executive produce the film Forever, Interrupted, playing a young widow.

Johnson was previously in relationships with musician Noah Gersh, actor Jordan Masterson, and Welsh model and musician Matthew Hitt.

Dakota Johnson's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1999Crazy in AlabamaSondra
2010The Social NetworkAmelia Ritter
2010All That GlittersDianica French
2011BeastlySloan Hagen
2012For EllenCindy Taylor
2012GoatsMinnie
201221 Jump StreetFugazy
2012The Five-Year EngagementAudrey
2012TransitElizabeth
2014Date and SwitchEm
2014Need for SpeedAnita Coleman
2014Closed SetLeading Lady
2015Fifty Shades of GreyAnastasia Steele
2015CymbelineImogen
2015Chloe and TheoChloe
2015Black MassLindsey Cyr
2015A Bigger SplashPenelope Lannier
2015In a RelationshipWilla
2015ValeRachel
2016How to Be SingleAlice Kepley
2017Fifty Shades DarkerAnastasia Steele
2017SuspiriaSusie Bannion
2018Fifty Shades FreedAnastasia Grey

Dakota Johnson's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2012–13Ben and KateKate Fox
2013The OfficeDakota
2015Saturday Night LiveHost

Memorable Quotes by Dakota Johnson

[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. ”

[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. ”

“ 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. ”

“ 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 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. ”

“ I feel like I grew up in the circus. I know planes, trains and automobiles. And really talented, weird people. ”

Things You May Not Know About Dakota Johnson

She is the third generation of her family to be involved with the Golden Globes, as she was Miss Golden Globe in 2006, is the daughter of Don Johnson (Golden Globe winner for Miami Vice) and Melanie Griffith (Golden Globe winner for Working Girl), and granddaughter of Tippi Hedren (Golden Globe winner for Most Promising Newcomer, 1964).

She denied that she was in a 30-day rehab program at the Visions Teen Treatment Center in Malibu, CA, for drug and alcohol addiction in September 2007. She said that the press misinterpreted the fact that she was in therapy as a teenager because of some issues with her parents, who have both battled substance abuse.

She took down her Facebook profile, because she didn't like being on it, even though she acted in the hit film The Social Network which is about the origins of Facebook.

On the audio commentary for the DVD release of The Social Network, director David Fincher said that Dakota was "wonderful" in a "pretty thankless role," since she has only one scene as Justin Timberlake's one-night stand.

As a child, she acted with her mother Melanie Griffith and her half-sister Stella Banderas in Crazy in Alabama, but her family wouldn't let her act again until several years later, after she graduated from high school.

Director Sean Baker considered casting Dakota and her real-life grandmother Tippi Hedren together in his film Starlet before deciding on Besedka Johnson and Dree Hemingway.

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Dakota Johnson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Rye Rye in 21 Jump Street (2012).
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Dakota Johnson and Dominic Cooper in Need For Speed (2014).
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Johnson in How To Be Single (2016)... top picture with Rebel Wilson...
second picture with Anders Holm... third picture with Leslie Mann... fourth
picture with Rebel Wilson... bottom picture with Leslie Mann and Rebel Wilson.
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Johnson and Graham Phillips in Goats (2012).
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Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)... top picture
with Jamie Dornan... third picture with Eloise Mumford.
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In Fifty Shades Darker (2017)... bottom two pictures with Jamie Dornan.
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In Date and Switch (2014)... middle picture with Wendi
McLendon-Covey and Hunter Cope... bottom picture with Hunter Cope.
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In Cymbeline (2015)... middle picture with Ed Harris... bottom picture with Penn Badgley.
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As Chloe in Chloe and Theo (2015)... third picture with Lawrence
Ballard and Elizabeth Masucci... bottom two pictures with Theo Ikummaq.
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Johnson in Black Mass (2015)... top picture with Johnny Depp.
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In Ben and Kate (2012-2013)... top picture with Nat Faxon...
second and third pictures with Nat Faxon, Lucy Punch, and Echo Kellum.
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Dakota Johnson in A Bigger Splash (2015)... third picture with Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton... fifth picture with Matthias Schoenaerts... bottom two pictures with Ralph Fiennes.