Dakota Johnson is best known for her role as Anastasia Steele, the protagonist of the “Fifty Shades of Gray” film series, but she almost said “no” to the role.
In a new interview with Hollywood journalist, Johnson, 32, reveals her fellow actress Emily Blunt was the one who pushed her to make the first film when she had doubts, sharing advice that would change her career forever.
“I couldn’t tell anyone about it. No one in my family knew about it,” Johnson said. Hollywood journalist to land the piece. “I was thrown [and] I remember talking to Emily Blunt and I was like, “Should I do this trilogy? Because I want to have a really special career, and I want to make a certain kind of film… and I know that’s going to change things. ‘”
Blunt encouraged the young actress to follow her instincts. “She said, ‘Do it if you feel good. Do it. Always do what you want to do.'”
The movies did over a billion dollars at the box office, inspiring a cult fan and making Johnson a household name. She went on to star in other films alongside top talent like “How To Be Single”, “Peanut Butter Falcon” and “The High Note”. “I have the impression of not having been cataloged in anything [because of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” role]”she said.” I guess I could have gone in a certain direction, but that’s just not what interested me. “
Talk to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson also stressed the importance of working together and finding mentors you can trust to build a successful career. At the age of 18, she signed with manager Jason Weinberg, and soon after added WME agent Andrew Dunlap to her squad.
“I want to grow up with people. I’m not interested in stepping on people’s shoulders to get somewhere,” she said. “I care so much about trusting people and being trustworthy because this industry thrives on collaboration. You cannot do it yourself. “
The theater is a family business for Johnson: his parents are actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, his stepfather is Antonio Banderas, and his grandmother is Tippi Hedren. While a virtual appearance On “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in March, Don revealed that he cut Dakota off financially when she decided to pursue an acting career instead of going to college.
“We have a rule in the family that, you know, if you stay in school, you stay on the payroll… then you go to college, you stay on the payroll,” explained the actor in Meyers. “Towards the end of high school, I went to see her and I said, ‘So, you want to go to college?’ … And she said to me, ‘Oh, no. I’m not going to college, not at all. ‘ I said, “OK, you know what that means? You won’t be on the payroll anymore.”
When Don asked Dakota how she was going to support herself, “She said, ‘Don’t worry about that,'” he shared. Three weeks later, she landed a role on “The Social Network” alongside Justin Timberlake. Despite having a famous father, Don said Dakota rarely calls him for advice.
In November 2020, Johnson added another title to her resume when she joined sexual wellness brand Maude as an investor and co-creative director. Entrepreneur Éva Goicochea founded Maude in April 2018 after working in the field of health legislation and branding. Maude, which sells candles, bubble baths, body massagers and other tools, has raised $ 10.1 million in funding since launch, according to Crunchbase.
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