Dakota Johnson Says It’s a ‘Great Honor’ to Play Anastasia in ‘Fifty Shades’ Franchise

Dakota Johnson is proud of what she’s done in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.

After filming the two follow-ups to E.L. James adaption back-to-back, the actress looks back on her time playing the erotic saga’s heroine, Anastasia Steele. In an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the bonus features of Fifty Shades Darker provided exclusively to Celebuzz, Johnson says it’s been “a great honor” to take on the role.

“I’ve never been on a project this long and I’ve never been so densely a part of a project, so it’s been quite an experience,” she says. “It’s been this great honor to be able to tell this young woman’s story.”

According to director James Foley, Johnson is the perfect pick to play the college grad who enters into a BDSM relationship with a wealthy businessman.

“She was relentless in her pursuit of trying to make this character as real and believable as it could possibly be,” he shares. “Each time she made a decision to do something, you felt, ‘Yeah, okay. That’s what Ana would do.’ And if I tried to get her to do something that Ana wouldn’t do, she would let me know and we wouldn’t do it.”

Watch how the cast gets into character — above.

Fifty Shades Darker is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.