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Dakota Johnson: Anastasia Steele's Headspace was Boring

Dakota Johnson: Anastasia Steele's Headspace was Boring

Dakota Johnson sits outside of Fred Segal’s Mauro Cafe chatting on her cell phone for an hour on Friday afternoon (February 28) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 24-year-old actress is starring as Anastasia Steele in the highly anticipated movie Fifty Shades of Grey and she recently chatted with Vanity Fair about preparing for the role.

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“A lot of getting into the character’s head, in Ana’s headspace before she meets Christian, so it’s a lot of reading, which I love,” Dakota said. “She’s an English major, so that’s kinda boring.”

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  • bonna

    you printed this exact same thing already , how bout you find something new to write ?

  • first

    Old news, JJ. Plus, she looks like the younger thiner version of E.L.James.

  • niagirl

    Some fool actually timed her. You are sad.

  • SaadGKhan

    She is 24? looks 34 …

  • Katherine

    What I don’t understand is if she thinks the character is boring, why did she agree to play the part?

  • SS

    Oh yes right. Why wouldn’t a stupid, empty-headed bint find English majors boring?

  • chris

    Then don’t play the role? gahh another unthankful actress joining the ranks of stewart and hathaway. this movie looks bad enough without the stars putting it down

  • Erin Jane

    Oldest looking 24 year old I’ve ever seen. She’s not ugly, but what a bummer to have that problem.

  • PR please

    Her/the movie’s PR people have most definitely already had a chat to her about that slip. What the heck was she thinking?

    The fringe is wrong for her. She looks best as a blonde and thin eyebrows. This is very hard on her and yes she does look like E L James here!

  • Funny


    She wants fame, but with that ugly face…

  • kay

    I don`t believe they could have filmed ALL the scenes of FSOG in that short space of time and say it`s compete, are they doing it in 3 parts as well?

  • adilasyahriza

    Agree with @Katherine and @SS . If she finds it boring, then dont play the role. Idk why she finds it boring, im in English major myself.. a bit offensed with what she said… hehe its not that boring u know…
    its very disappointing knowing the character doesnt love her major…

  • Duuhhh

    I’m doing a movie based on a book. I don’t read. That’s like, way boring!

  • Sara

    @first: she doesn’t look young at all she looks old and actually looks a lot like the director Sam Taylor Johnson, not EL James.

  • Sara

    She begged her agent to get her an audition before she had even read the books! She said that herself. She didn’t even read them until she heard STJ was directing, and that’s because she knows her. She is an OPPORTUNIST. She was willing to bare it all and she was available and knew the producers and director and that’s the only reason why she was cast. She can’t relate to Ana at all. She is the complete opposite of Ana in all ways, and she wouldn’t find Ana’s major and her PASSION and what makes up a big part of her personality boring if she would actually connect with the character and get in touch with her, and clearly she cannot!

  • Lindsay

    Her nose is so ugly, it’s witchy. She looks absolutely nothing like Ana! Ana has large eyes, long dark brown hair, naturally beautiful, fresh faced, petite, has assets, small/delicate facial features, youthful etc. Dakota is a giant and has no shape to her body at all it’s like a boy, she is unattractive, old looking, ugly teeth, boring personality, looks run down and tired and experienced rather than innocent, has small eyes, and this ugly short hair with bangs. They have her bangs for her large forehead but didn’t care to cover up those awful under eye bags and wrinkles? This fsog team is just as awful as Dakota is for Ana.

  • Abby

    She looks soo old and she’s very homely and her voice gets in my nerves so bad.

  • Julianne

    She kind of looks like a man. Like her dad in drag.

  • Sara

    @Katherine: She saw it as an opportunity to make her famous. She knew how big the books were and had no problem with nudity so she wanted the part before even knowing anything about the character and asked her agent about it. She only read the books after she found out a director she knew was on board. She can’t relate to Ana, she wants the fame, and everything she says about playing the character from here on out is bullshit and lies because she has NO connection to Ana and can’t make that connection. If she did she wouldn’t find Ana’s passion (literature/English) boring. She was only cast because the director and producers know her. She’s ungrateful and doesn’t deserve this role.

  • She has got to GO!

    @adilasyahriza: you mean it’s disappointing knowing the actress doesn’t like the characters major, right? Ana loves her major, it’s a huge part of who she is and what she loves, but Dakota can’t relate at all and obviously didn’t even try because she is a crappy actress and didn’t get this role because she was right for the part she got it because of who she is and who she knows.

  • Lily

    Wtf if she wearing, her clothes are ugly, she isn’t attractive, she looks about 35 if not older, and has manly features!

  • MD

    Hahaha she does look like her dad in drag. *cringes*

  • Emily

    Ok that’s enough I’m tired of seeing this girl’s ugly face everywhere. She comparable to Kristen Stewart acting wise, and always has a bored and “I’m so cool and edgy” look on her face and attitude. She’s so annoying and always has foot in mouth moments or speaks stupid things. Go smoke your cigarettes and pretend to be cool, Dakota.


    Man. Come on, this is not what 24 years old looks like!!! This girl looks older than my 36 year old sister. She’s not a natural beauty and there is no innocence in her looks. She looks TOO OLD and TOO PLAIN for this role. Ana is small with a doll like face. She was always described as young. WTF is this??

  • Ashley

    Her mom knows the director, Dakota knew her prior also and those are the ONLY reasons she was cast. It’s pathetic. Their big mistakes here were choosing a director that picks her actors based on who she personally likes, and for allowing this girl to play Ana and not trying harder to get the right actress. It’s ruined for me. I’m sticking to the books.

  • staynzy

    Not gonna dis her looks cause that’s mean but she is not Anastasia, she looks nothing like her :( just wish they could have got the right person with the right looks to play the part but guess we will have to wait and see with her acting cause i guess that has a chance at saving her.

  • Mj

    I agree with all have you, Dakota was definitely the worst choice in this film, Jamie we can handle, but Dakota no, she looks nothing like the character in fact she looks old, she is a terrible actress, I read a review about her acting skills in the movie Need for speed and it said she had a weak performance…So I won’t be Surprise to read something like this when fifty shades come out, “Dakota Johnson had a dull and stiff performance”…And we all can give the congrats to E L james for this terrible choice.

  • Eva

    @Mj: congrats to ELJ for allowing her to be cast! She’s so caught up in the hype of the film and the fame and the money she’s clearly letting everything slip right past her. So sad. This film will bring shame to her books. I very happily will not be at the theater to see this disaster. It would taint the books and characters for me, and they’re perfect the way they’re written.

  • Katie

    @staynzy: if you’ve seen her act before you’d know she is dull. She makes this one face all the same I don’t know how to explain it, and the way she talks or expressed things all sound the same. She is comparable to Kristen Stewart, except that Kristen is actually better. Not to mention someone that looks as old and homely as her already isn’t a proper portrayal of youthful, fresh-faced, innocent/naive, alluring, beautiful Ana. She looks too knowing, too worldly, too experienced…we’d have to look at her and all of that physically shows. She is not Ana material at all.

  • planet earth

    Annasophia robb would be good for ana

  • PR dakota hype..#Yawn

    unappealing. unintersting. NO artistry (she thinks annas interests are boring WTF?!?! and she wanted the part so badly she BEGGED her people to STALK the studio LONG before she even read the books))..and ofcourse her trademark -LIAR — after being called out by MOST THE FANS for wanting the role even prior to reading the book, she changed her story and said ” she bought the books to see if she had a connection to it” LOLLLL – who does she think she’s kidding -she got the part bec she’s the ONLY ONE WHOM is willing to SHOW IT ALL! she has NO appeal. NO “IT” factor and certainly NO artistry what so ever. she said her secret is she has no shame. Yes. true – NO shame to BS her way to the top. that is!!!

  • all crap!

    she’s not likable to say the least no wonder they keep trying to shove her down the publics throats! what a joke! crap cast. crap director.crap producers. crap film!

  • pau

    THAT WEREN´T HER WORDS!!!! Those are:

  • dakota da liar!

    she tells entertainment weekly she stalked the producers and wanted the role BEFORE reading the trilogy. she changes her story and tells Elle magazine she bought the books to see if she had a connection to them(LOL) then she tells vanity fair she thinks annas major is boring. she doent have an ounce of artistry in her. she has no “IT” factor what so ever and and every time she opens her mouth she sound less appealing. shes generic and absolutley uninteresting. the ONLY reason she got this part is bec they reluctantly gave it to her-NOBODY else wanted it .NOBODY!!!!!! shailene woodly. emma watson. felicity jones just to name a few. the ppl behind the film are greedy and were in a race for time knowing full well ppl were jumping ship. their horrid casting added to the universal loss of interst.

  • Shes no Ana

    I think she’s ugly, she look like Madonna at her 50′s, she suck at interviews && she can’t act!!!! You don’t have to agree with me!! I think Emilla Clarke, michelle trachtenberg, or even Emmy Rossum if they give her blue contacts….. Dakota begged for this part she knows nothing about just because she know it was a popular book && she think want to get ahead in Hollywood… This bitch think Ana Steele the character she’s playing is BORING!!!! She doesn’t care about the character all she cares about it’s the money & the fame that will come along with it!!! When you get into a project with the wrong mind frame doing it for the wrong reasons && thinking the part she’s playing is boring!!! It’s shows in your WORK!!! C’mon y’all do you honestly truly think Dakota Johnson is right for the part? Or are you just going along with the “We Love Dakota Johnson” hype!!! I really think EL James didn’t even wanted her for the part!! I think Sam Taylor Johnson (a family friend of Dakota) && the PR people got into her head & convinced her that Dakota was right for the part & plus nobody wanted to do the part so EL James just went along with it.. anyway like I said before ima say it again…if you don’t like my OPINON you can kiss my ass!! I have to say tho they really trying to pretty her up all them photoshop magazine covers, those thick bangs to try to cover that huge forehead (Ana Steele didn’t have no bangs in the book), the way they dressing her up… Smh lol…