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Dakota Fanning Opens Up About Being 'Just' an Actor

Dakota Fanning graces the cover of Marie Claire‘s January 2018 issue, out on Friday (December 8).

Here’s what the 23-year-old actress had to say:

On going off the rails: “It always cracks me up when people talk about how I haven’t gone off the rails – which I have not, by any means – but you know, I’m a normal person. I love a party and I love having people over for any occasion since I’ve had my own apartment in New York. I’m always like, ‘You can stay with me!’ I don’t cook, but I make cocktails. I make a good margarita.”

On being ‘just’ being an actor: “I do have moments where I feel like nowadays being just an actor isn’t enough. I was listening to Anna Faris Is Unqualified, which I love, and I was like, [in a paranoid whisper] ‘She’s an actor. Now she has a podcast… am I supposed to get a podcast?!’ It used to be that if you were an actor and you did certain things, it was cheesy, but things are changing so much. I like that the lines are blurred and you’re allowed to do those things. I just don’t know if I have anything I would feel authentic doing yet, because we can tell when it’s not real, right? When somebody doesn’t actually believe in what they’re doing?”

On equality: “Seeing my mom be a stay-at-home mom, I saw the strength in that; in choosing to dedicate her life to being the best mom… I remember promoting The Runaways and being asked, “Have you ever been told you couldn’t do something because you were a girl?” And I was like, ‘No, I haven’t’ and I realised that in growing up with very strong women, I [always had] the feeling there was nothing I couldn’t do.”

For more from Dakota, head to MarieClaire.co.uk.

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Dakota Fanning Stars in 'Please Stand By' Trailer - Watch Now!

Dakota Fanning stars in Please Stand By, and you can watch the official trailer for the movie right here!

The upcoming Ben Lewin-directed film, which will be released in theaters, on Demand, on Amazon Video and on iTunes on January 26, 2018, premiered its official trailer on Tuesday (December 5).

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Here’s a plot summary: a young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, Wendy (Fanning) follows the guiding spirit of Mr. Spock on her journey into the unknown.

The movie also co-stars Toni Collette, Alice Eve and Patton Oswalt.

Watch the trailer below!

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Dakota Fanning Stuns at 'Please Stand By' Premiere During Rome Film Fest 2017!

Dakota Fanning looks beautiful at the premiere of her new film!

The 23-year-old actress hit the red carpet at the premiere of her new movie Please Stand By on Tuesday (October 31) at the 12th Rome Film Fest in Rome, Italy.

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Dakota looked gorgeous earlier in the day sporting a bolder pink look at the photocall for the film.

Here’s a plot summary for the comedy: A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a writing competition.

Dakota recently graced the red carpet at the Save the Children Illumination Gala in New York City.

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Dakota Fanning Looks Pretty in Pink at 'Please Stand By' Photocall in Rome!

Dakota Fanning looks beautiful at the photocall for her new film!

The 23-year-old actress was photographed at Casa Alice for the 12th Rome Film Fest on Tuesday (October 31) in Rome, Italy.

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Dakota and director Ben Lewin posed for photos for their new movie, Please Stand By. Here’s a plot summary of the comedy: A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a writing competition.

Dakota recently graced the red carpet at the Save the Children Illumination Gala in New York City.

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Jennifer Garner Joins Olivia Wilde & Dakota Fanning at Save the Children Illumination Gala

Jennifer Garner turns heads as she arrives at the 2017 Save the Children Illumination Gala on Wednesday night (October 18) at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The 45-year-old actress looked stunning in a black fringe dress as she served as an honorary chair for the event.

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Jen was joined at the event by Olivia Wilde, Leona Lewis, and Dakota Fanning.

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Michael Kors dress and Bvlgari jewelry. Dakota is wearing a Dolce & Gabbana dress, Sergio Rossi shoes, and Bvlgari jewelry. Olivia is wearing a Valentino dress and Irene Neuwirth jewels. Leona is wearing a Victoria Beckham gown and Bvlgari jewelry.

Also pictured inside: Jennifer Garner arriving at her hotel earlier that day in NYC.

15+ pictures inside of the stars arriving at the event…More Here! »

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Elizabeth Olsen & Dakota Fanning Reunite as Adviors at Through Her Lens Event

Elizbaeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning pose on the carpet while attending the Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program event on Tuesday afternoon (October 17) in New York City.

The ladies were both master class advisors at the event where other stars like Zosia Mamet, Grace Gummer, and Lola Kirke appeared.

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and Dakota are longtime friends after starring together in the 2014 movie Very Good Girls. They have remained close ever since!

FYI: Elizabeth is wearing Chanel. Dakota is wearing Chanel. Zosia is wearing Chanel.

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Luke Evans' New Series 'The Alienist' Debuts New Trailer!

The trailer for the new TNT series The Alienist, starring Luke Evans, has been released!

Luke stars alongside Daniel Bruhl and Dakota Fanning in the psychological thriller, set to premiere on January 22.

The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Bruhl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City’s first serial killers.

Watch the trailer below!


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