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Dakota Johnson on Playing Anastasia Steele in 'Fifty Shades of Grey': I'll Do Anything, I Have No Shame

Dakota Johnson on Playing Anastasia Steele in 'Fifty Shades of Grey': I'll Do Anything, I Have No Shame

Dakota Johnson sizzles in a black bra in this hot picture for her March 2014 cover story with Elle magazine, on newsstands February 18.

Here’s what the 24-year-old Fifty Shades of Grey actress had to share with the mag:

On why she’s right for Anastasia Steele: “I don’t have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame.”

On what interested her most in the movie: “Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes. I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.”

On growing up with famous parents (her mom is Melanie Griffith, dad is Don Johnson): “I think people, especially the press, like to pick on children of famous people and I think that’s fucking awful. Things get made up. It’s so, so sad. And there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it as a 16-year-old. You’re like….Why? What did I do?”

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  • hmm

    wow she’s hot!

  • 50

    She has no shame?? I think that’s her problem. She NEEDS to have some shame.

  • lol

    my god..she’s really desperate.

  • xxx13

    she’s really pretty, but this page won’t complete without rabid angry fans girl comments. here we go, cue to the angry women comments.

  • Living in a box

    That’s also can be your career suicide.

  • go go

    She’s a one trick pony anyway

  • Jamie

    @xxx13: haha yeah because they photoshopped the shit out of her! Look at all her other photos! Not a pretty girl at all.

  • Kate

    She looks so old for her age and nothing like Anastasia. She only got the role because she’s willing to do any and everything!

  • Samantha

    Haha can’t help but notice how it takes a photoshopped, dolled up, photoshoot of her trying to be sexy for people to start saying “wow she’s pretty!” Yeah…no, she isn’t.

  • Melymori

    Obviously she has no shame, since she decided to take the part in a movie that’s going to sweep all the Razzies.

  • Rhys

    She lost one arm!!!lolol

  • rhys

    She lost one arm!!!lol lol

  • Lisa

    Oh please she makes it sound like she read the books and was I trifled by the characters so she wanted the role. NO. She admitted that she begged her agent for an audition BEFORE she’d even read the books. She said she would do anything to make it in Hollywood, and she saw this as an opportunity to make her famous.

  • Lisa

    @Lisa: correction : was intrigued*

  • Nat

    Ummm there is nothing Ana Steele about this. She looks like a 40 year old trying to be sexy.

  • Taylor

    There’s nothing appealing or alluring about her, and Ana is the opposite. I’m bored already.

  • Sue

    “On why she’s right for Anastasia:” yeah because she was the only one that was willing to do it all! That doesn’t make someone right for the character.

  • Joblo

    @Sue: You people seem to forget that there is tonnnnn of actress and actors welling to do this kind of role!!! They may be famous, not famous, f*#&$(% nobodies…etc…the thing is that if she got the part, this is probably because the casting director think she could fit the part either he could have found someone really easily ! It is just a freakin book…and the characters can’t be exactly the same. It is just a fact. We all like different things so there’s alway going to have people complaning!

  • kami

    are those pix meant to be sexy? they’re not. she looks bored.

  • Tyla

    Urgh. Another one of these girls in Hollywood. NEXT please.

  • Sue

    @Joblo: the producer themselves said this role was difficult to cast because of the content. Yes there are a lot of unknowns willing I’m sure but that doesn’t mean the team gave them the light of day. They pursued Felicity Jones, Emilia Clarke and Imogen Poots to name a few, but they couldn’t get them. They obviously didn’t hold open auditions, they were so slow going with everything that casting was rushed. Dakota wasn’t even pursued by the team, her agent got her the audition and the director knew her and her mom already. They’d gone for others before her, and here comes dakota willing to do it all, they were running out of time, and that was that.

  • Sophia

    she isn’t sizzling at all.

  • VFacharnmethe85

    my neighbor’s mom makes $63 every hour on the internet . She has been fired for eight months but last month her income was $20469 just working on the internet for a few hours. published here fox800.­com

  • Adfjk

    career suicide

  • Madison

    She’s says in the video for this shoot that she read the books after she heard STJ was directing, but before she said she had her agent get her an audition before she had read th books. She was cast because she knew STJ and STJ liked her and that is the truth. Pathetic.

  • Sophie

    I f you think the photos look bad you should watch the video of behind the scenes she looks even worst, she as witch features, her nose is so ugly, the woman looks horrible on camera, its official the movie is going to be the worst…I lost my interest watching it

  • Anabelle

    OMG she is gorgeous and sexy as hell! Haters are gonna hate.

  • Marko

    Wooooow she’s PERFECT!

  • Nina

    She is soooo great! Love her!

  • ana


  • wow!

    Wow … women hating on other women …. this is one gender that i really don’t get and i’m a woman …LOL. I’m trying to figure out is it jealousy ? or envy ? or maybe guys find them uninteresting therefore they come here and spew hate out of frustration ? .. well whatever it is it’s just plain stupid . i never read the book , won’t read the book , maybe will check out the movie since i will see for the low .low.. price of .. free !! But i do wish her luck and i do hope it works out for her and hopefully she will get more jobs out of it !

  • nana


    Love your respond, and couldn’t agree more :)

  • Geez

    They really did an amazing job photoshopping those eye-bags of hers off, didn’t they?

  • Jay

    Woooow!! Now she is so beautiful. Please more “Ana” :-)

  • Diedre

    How charming. There’s nothing like admitting you will do anything for attention. She and Kim Kardashian should have a Skank-Off.

  • LMAO

    F*CKING HILARIOUS!. this was inevitable. No surprise. She was a nobody before (thru her own admission) begging and crying for the role prior to even reading the books (where’s the artistry in that?!?) now she’s on the cover of ELLE talking about her ‘family dynasty’ and selling her BSSSS story. she doesn’t have the “IT” factor at all, what she DOES have is “No shame” to BS her way to the top, proof in her contradicting BS answers she gives in this interview and in the entertainment weekly interview regarding how badly she wanted the part. .she has no likability factor. she’s a sharon stone; people like herwill be asked to do the same thing over and over again-get naked and they don’t have career longevity. And as many have said on many other FSOG websites and blogs- the self-serving director sam taylor johnson hired her because she’s the spitting image of her.. NOT Anna (described MILLIONS OF TIMES ) in the trilogy. Horrible!!

  • cut the crap hollywood!!

    EMPTY HYPE.HYPE.HYPE!! thats all this is.. the movie is more than ONE YEAR AWAY from now and they’re bombarding the public with PR -movie posters the size of stadiums…inviting women to be christian greys “interns” …leaking made-up stories to get people talking and now they have this LYING wanna-be on the cover of elle along with some perfectly placed wording to sell her to a public that has jumped ship do to her hiring as anna. cut the sh** and call this for what it is–HOLLYWOOD TRYING TO SELL SOMEONE **THEY KNOW** HAS NOT BEEN WELL RECIEVED!

  • Dakota the phony!!

    wow!! this chick IS shamless-she blatanly lied to the camera. In her first interview, she made it very CLEAR she’s never read the books and begged her people to stalk the producers for the part prior to even reading the books. — make NO mistake about it her PR read the comments on sites and had her sing a different tune this time— in this interview she says when she heard STJ was going to be directing it she got the trilogy to “”read the books”" LOLL and see if “she had a connection to the story” LOLL….um…who’s she think she’s foolin?!?! what a PHONY!!!

  • eh?

    family dynasty?? her grandmother isbest known for running away from birds in one film. her mother is best known for one film-working girl, and she is the next sharon stone -she’ll have a good few years being asked to take it all off and known for showing her va-jay-jay, then calling it “artistry” in interviews… people like jennifer lawrence are and will be known for their actual talent. desperate dakota will be known for her tata’s! and she’s a liar too!

  • moe

    well the 50 shades of sh/t is very shameful to begin with Dumb-kota…

  • W

    she’s crass and quite frankly a Liar!! She’s not interested in telling “the story”. the only story she’s interested in telling is the bullsh** one selling herself. they can PR all they want , she is the reason many ppl lost interest and articles like this and all the PR hype isnt going to change that.

  • Lying dakota!

    whats next?! a visit to the gyno with dakota. PR overload from one year in advance.enough with all the phony hyperbole. the more she speaks the less people like her.she just doesnt have the ‘it’ factor. you either have it or ya dont and the she doesnt. period! #SHAMELESSandLIAR

  • Shameless PR…

    No ‘IT’ factor – non. nada….sell.sell.sell. thats all their doing here. why else would they photoshop the sh** outta her. and she BS her way thru the whole article. the photoshop isnt as much a turn off as is her lying!

  • tony

    @hmm: ‘Lobbying hard.’ Ha, ha.

  • Lauren

    OH MY GOD, what a joke, I just saw the video of the behind the scenes of that photo shoot and Dakota said she’s going to have a lot of work, yeah like she was a very talented actress, and all the directors suddenly are going to hire her, seriously the woman can’t act, she’s super boring has no personality and in the video you can clearly see all the eye bags, and wrinkles. She looks 10 years older than she look on magazine.

  • Natalie

    @cut the crap hollywood!!: AMEN!!! Haha

  • Nicole

    @CutthecrapHollywood Preach my friend preach lol you are 100% right!!

  • fifty

    here’s the trilogy books if u haven’t read it yet so damn hot

  • nessa

    Ugh.. She is pissing me off. She is just a turn off. Nothing about her looks even resemble the character, and are we just suppose to ignore the fact that she is not petite, and she looks 39 years old. I just find it horrible that E.L James settled for this actress, and did not fight harder for someone who resembled the Ana in the books. She doesn’t even look like Kristen Stewart who was apparently the original girl Ana was based on. She is not Ana ever.

  • nessa

    @Jay: Yup not she is beautiful because they photo shopped her whole face. lol