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Dakota Fanning Admits to Being a 'Bit of a Control Freak'

Dakota Fanning Admits to Being a 'Bit of a Control Freak'

Dakota Fanning looks positively exquisite on the new cover of Net-a-Porter’s The Edit.

Here’s what the 22-year-old American Pastoral star had to share with the mag:

On saying no: “Being empowered to say no is pretty cool. Even when I was little, any of my friends or family would say, ‘Dakota doesn’t do anything she doesn’t want to.’ And I don’t. I’m very sensitive to energy and vibes, and if a vibe is off somewhere, then I’m out. I’ll just go. If it’s not working for me? Just no.”

On her relationship with her actress sister Elle: “People unfortunately love to see conflict. And if it’s between family? Between sisters? Even better. The assumption that we’re really competitive, that people even ask that, is horrible. It’s implied our family [is] torn apart by jealousy. It shows people don’t pay attention to who we are, just surface stuff: sisters, blond, blue-eyed, kind of the same age… We don’t even think we look alike! Our personalities are worlds apart; we both feel that, we both know that. Anyone who knows us knows that.”

On not wanting others to take care of her: “It actually comes from being a bit of a control freak. I don’t like anyone doing anything for me. There are all these people on set who want to take care of you – ‘Can I get you water? Do you want this? Are you hungry? Are you tired? Do you want a Coke? Are you cold?’ It comes from a lovely place, and some [actors] need that, and that’s fine. Me, I feel like if you give into that, you become this person who doesn’t know how to do anything for yourself. I take a lot of pride in [being self-sufficient]. I’m a proud person.”

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Photos: The Edit / Billy Kidd
Posted to: Dakota Fanning, Magazine

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  • pamplemousse

    She’s beautiful and talented to boot!

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