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Dakota Fanning Was 'The First Choice', Alyson Stoner Says

Dakota Fanning Was 'The First Choice', Alyson Stoner Says

Dakota Fanning chats on her phone after attending classes at New York University on Thursday afternoon (March 12) in New York City.

In a recent interview with Zooey Magazine‘s As We Are portrait series, actress Alyson Stoner about being the “second choice” to Dakota, with whom she shared an agent with when she was younger.

“My agent knew that I would make her less money. She would offer Dakota’s name first. I remember sitting in the casting agent’s office and would hear my agent on the phone talking about her lunch meeting with Dakota that day. I knew that I was the second fiddle…the second choice,” she shared.

Alyson added, “That immediately makes you criticize parts about yourself; it makes you keep trying to figure out what takes you out of the running before the casting agents even know you. It made me wonder why I was void of chance. I kind of wrestled against that with myself. I think for some people, it destroys them in the industry and in life. For others, they see that there is some injustice and proceed to rise above it. Hopefully the people who do rise above it, do it to for themselves to set an example for others and then they seek ways to ripple that effect to the rest of the community.”

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  • whatsup

    Of course Alyson Stoner would be second to Dakota. Dakota was one of the biggest A list childhood star of all time with talent and looks. Alyson is not a very good actress and is best known as a supporting actress on a few bad dance movies. Alyson will never be a leading lady. She does not have the ability or looks for it.

  • Pepperona

    With all due respect and I don’t even like Dakota that much, but Stoner was doing Disney films and TV shows and dancing in Missy Elliott videos while Dakota was acting alongside Oscar-nominated talent in movies adults go to see. No-one would blame the agent for offering Dakota first for serious movie roles, she was her best sell and it wasn’t like it was even close. Every Disney star is comfortable doing kid-friendly stuff until they grow up and it’s hard to break out of the image. Same story. It’s been repeated over and over again. It’s not Dakota’s fault she could prove she was a serious actress at a young age. As for the rest, that’s something everyone who isn’t having their ideal life goes through, you have to play the card you’ve been dealt the best way you can.

  • Jason Derulo

    I can’t believe you said that, how dare you. You do realize this was when they were younger, before Dakota even went on to such major roles. “Alyson will never be a leading lady. She does not have the ability or looks for it.” Alyson is a talented actress, a talented performer, and a very attractive girl. She’ll go far, she’s only like, what, 21? Not to mention Alyson is highly intelligent. I’d like to see your face when Stoner is headlining a big movie in a few years. Keep your negative opinions to yourself because it only makes you look insolent.

  • MarlonBrando179

    I think Alyson is a fine actress from the things I’ve seen. And -purely subjective, of course – I also think she’s an attractive woman, more-so, in fact, than Dakota.

    Dakota as a child was a big fish in a small pond of child actors, so what talent she had could stand out more, but as an adult her acting has yet to really impress me. She’s spent the past several years playing one morose teenager role after another – not much range there.

    I would personally rather pay money to see a movie with Alyson in the lead over Dakota at this point, but that’s just me.

  • amybahaha

    why is alyson so pressed? referencing the past by bringing people down. dont blame other people for your current insecurities. own your own issues and deal with them

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