Dakota Johnson – Wiki, Pictures

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Dakota Mayi Johnson is a third-generation Hollywood actress and fashion model. After a spate of minor appearances in many movies and a lead role in the Fox TV sitcom Ben and Kate, Dakota finally found fame when she landed the lead role in the film adaption of the best seller book ‘Fifty Shades of Gray.’

Dakota Johnson is the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Actress Tippi Hedren is her maternal grandmother and Antonio Banderas is her step-father.

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Biography

Dakota Johnson was born on October 4 1989 in Austin, Texas to Academy Award-nominated actress Melanie Griffith and Golden Globe-winner Don Johnson.Former child actor and advertising executive Peter Griffith and Golden Globe winner Tippi Hedren are her maternal grandparents. She is the half niece of production designer Clay A. Griffith and actress Tracy Griffith.She has 6 step siblings, 2 from her mother’s side and 4 on her father’s side.

Dakota did her initial schooling from Aspen Community School in Aspen, Colorado. She did her freshman year of high school at Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California and later transferred to the New Roads School in Santa Monica, California. As a child, Johnson was a fine dancer. At age 12, she did a photo shoot with other celebrity children for Teen Vogue. This attracted her to the modelling industry.

Dakota Johnson was previously dating actor Jordan Masterson. She is currently in a relationship with singer Matthew Hitt.

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Career

Dakota Johnson made her acting debut as a child actor, in 1999, in the Antonio Banderas directed flick ‘Crazy in Alabama.’ Along with her step sister Stella Banderas, Dakota enacted the role of Melanie Griffith’s character’s daughter. The movie was not a hit. Johnson then took a sabbatical from acting. She resumed and completed her schooling and waited for many years before becoming a professional model and actress.

Dakota Johnson was voted Miss Golden Globe in the year 2006. The Miss Golden Globe event is considered as a landing pad for children of celebrities. Dakota’s mother Melanie was Miss Golden Globe in 1975. Thus, Johnson served as the 1stsecond-generation Miss Golden Globe in the history of the Globes.

In 2006, Dakota signed with IMG Models. She modelled for the jeans line of MANGO in 2009. Later in 2011 she went to Sydney, Australia, and shot for the ‘Rising Star’ campaign for Australian fashion brand ‘Wish.’ After graduating from high school, Johnson signed with the William Morris Agency. Thus commenced her acting career.

Acting career

In 2010, Dakota had a minor scene with Justin Timberlake in the box-office hit The Social Network. The David Fincher-directed movie was also critically acclaimed, garnering 8 Oscar nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Later, Johnson worked in varied movies such as ‘Beastly’,in 2011, alongside Mary-Kate Olsen and Vanessa Hudgens; ‘For Ellen,’So Yong Kim’s 2012 film; and Ezna Sands’ movie ‘Theo’in 2013. Dakota featured in many movies in 2012 including the feature film version of the 1987 hit TV show 21 Jump Street; producer Judd Apatow’s Nicholas Stoller-directed comedy movie The Five-Year Engagement; and Christopher Neil directed film Goats starring David Duchovny.

In 2012, Johnson got her first TV show ‘Ben and Kate,’ which was telecast on Fox. She portrayed the lead character of Kate. The show was short-lived. It was cancelled in 2013. Later that year, she had a cameo as a new hire in the final episode of ‘The Office.’

After the stint in TV, Dakota resumed her Hollywood movie career with a bang. She bagged the role of Anita in the 2014 hit movie ‘Need for Speed’; alongside Ethan Hawke,as Imogen, in a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play ‘Cymbeline’; and as the lead Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of the popular erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ She also bagged the starring role in the Chris Nelson-directed, Alan Yang-written movie, Date and Switch.

Johnson will be featured opposite Johnny Depp in the movie ‘Black Mass.’ She is playing the role of the mother of his child.Dakota will also executive produce and star in the film ‘Forever, Interrupted’ where she will play the role of a young widow.

Height and Weight

The 24 year old Dakota Johnson is 5 feet 7 inches tall (171 centimeters) and her weight is around 52 kgs. Her body type is slim, and she tones body according to the demands of her role.

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Trivia

  • As audition for the role of Anastasia Steele, Johnson read out a sexually-explicit, long monologue from the 1996 Ingmar Bergman movie ‘Persona.’ Even though it was an unconventional selection she felt that the filmmakers were searching for an actress who would convey the sexual material in a direct and mature manner.
  • Even though Dakota acted in ‘The Social Network,’ a movie which details the origins of Facebook, she deleted her FB profile as she did not like being on it.
  • In September 2007, Johnson finished a thirty day rehab stint at Malibu’s Visions Teen Treatment Center for alcohol and drug addiction. She followed it up with an outpatient package in Brentwood.
  • In 2010, Dakota was listed by Nylon Magazine’s Young Hollywood Issue as one of the fifty-five faces of the future.

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