‘Fifty Shades of Grey’s’ Dakota Johnson Talks ‘Dwindling Anonymity’ in Vogue
Dakota opened up to the fashion magazine about the “intense love story” that is the erotic Fifty Shades, losing her anonymity, and being part of something “terrifying”.
How does Johnson feel playing miss Anastasia Steele? “I wanted to be involved because it’s so different, and it’s an intense love story.”
She added, “It’s just the most insane thing to be a part of. I’ve never experienced anything like this; I don’t think anyone has. It’s terrifying—and it’s exciting.”
But she knew Fifty Shades would mean rising fame, saying “I think about my dwindling anonymity, and that’s really scary because a very large part of me would be perfectly happy living on a ranch in Colorado and having babies and chickens and horses—which I will do anyway.”
Johnson’s seen a rough cut of the film, and commented, “It looks beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it. But it’s confusing to the brain—I still can’t look at it objectively or wrap my head around it. The parts of the movie that are difficult to watch were even more difficult—and emotionally taxing—to shoot.”
Sam Taylor-Johnson weighed in on the, ahem, difficult scenes Dakota and Jamie had to do, saying,
“There are tough scenes in this movie, scenes where she had to be naked—and not just in the flesh. But she was utterly fearless and brave…[Dakota and Jamie] “have a very special connection. I trust her with everything. She has a very level head, and there was never really an anxious moment.”
Taylor-Johnson was an instant fan of Dakota’s after her audition for the role, in which she gave a monologue from the 1966 psychological drama Persona. “She blew us out of the water,” Taylor-Johnson remembers.
“She understood the nuance of that passage and how to play something delicately. Dakota has the ability to play so fragile and vulnerable, but with this underlying strength that makes you feel she is going to triumph.”
As for Dakota’s plans for 2015? “[I’ll] do a bit of press for Fifty, and then I’m just going to take the rest of the year off. I want to hang out with my friends. I want to hang out with my family—well, I sometimes want to hang out with my family!”
Fifty Shades of Grey will be released in theaters on February 13. Get ready for all the action.