Dakota Johnson is most well-known for her role as Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades of Grey", but she nearly declined the role.
Johnson, 32, has revealed that Emily Blunt, her fellow actress, was the one who encouraged her to make the movie. This was when she was feeling doubtful. It was her advice that would transform her career.
Johnson said, "I couldn’t talk about it with anyone. Johnson said that no one in my family knew about the role and told The Hollywood Reporter. "I was cast and I remember talking to Emily Blunt. I was like, "Should this be a trilogy?" Because I want a truly special career and I want a certain type of film. I know this will change the world.
Blunt encouraged Blunt to encourage the young actress. She was like, "F---ing do it! If it feels right. Do it. Do what you love.
Johnson has become a household name thanks to her films' success at the box office. They have grossed more than $1Billion. Johnson has gone on to appear in films with top talent such as "How To Be Single", Peanut Butter Falcon, and "The High Note." She said that she doesn't feel trapped by the "Fifty Shades of Grey role." "I suppose I could have gone in one direction, but that wasn't what I was interested."
Johnson spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the importance of collaboration and finding mentors that you can trust when building a career. She signed with Jason Weinberg as her manager when she was 18 and quickly added Andrew Dunlap, WME agent to her team.
"I want people to grow with me." She said that she is not interested in taking people's places to get there. Because this industry thrives on collaboration, trusting people is what I care about. It's impossible to do it all by yourself.
Johnson's acting career is a family affair. Her parents are actresses Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Her stepfather is Antonio Banderas and Tippi Hedren is her grandmother. Don shared the financial hardship that Dakota suffered when she chose to pursue acting as a career rather than attending college during a March virtual appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."
Meyers was told by the actor that there is a family rule that if you stay in school you are allowed to remain on the payroll. So, if you go to college you can stay on the payroll." "Towards the end of highschool, I went to her, and I asked, 'So, would you like to visit some colleges? ... She was like, "Oh, no. I won't be going to college. I said, "OK, you understand what that means?" You won't be on our payroll anymore.
Don asked Dakota how she would support herself. She replied, "Don't worry about it," he said. She was offered a part in "The Social Network," alongside Justin Timberlake, three weeks later. Don stated that Dakota seldom calls him even though he is a well-known father. He said, "She called me to tell me, "Gosh, she would see you. But I have three pictures that I am shooting simultaneously."
Johnson joined Maude, a sexual wellness brand, in November 2020 as an investor and cocreative director. After working in brand strategy and health-care legislation, va Goicochea, an entrepreneur, founded Maude in April 2018. According to Crunchbase, Maude has raised $10.1million in funding since its inception.
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