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'50 Shades of Grey' Star Dakota Johnson: 45 Fun Facts

Dakota Mayi Johnson is an American fashion model and actress. She was born in Austin, Texas, and is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Her breakthrough role is as Anastasia Steel in "Fifty Shades of Grey." Here are 45 interesting facts about this gorgeous actress.

  1. Her full name is Dakota Mayi Johnson.

  2. She was born on October 4, 1989.

  3. Dakota was born in Austin, Texas, but was mostly raised in Aspen, Colorado.

  4. She attended the Aspen Community School while growing up; perhaps unsurprisingly, her fondest memories of the school are tied to performing.

  5. She danced for twelve years, performing in ballets like The Nutcracker as well as other school plays.

  6. Her parents are 'Miami Vice' star Don Johnson and actress Melanie Griffith.

  7. She also has six siblings. On her mom's side, Stella Banderas and Alexander Bauer, and on her father's side, Jesse, Deacon, Jasper and Grace Johnson.

  8. Her grandmother is screen legend and Hitchcock favorite Tippi Hedren whose performance in "The Birds" made her a mega-star.

  9. She affectionately calls her grandmother Tippi Hedren, "Mormor" (a Swedish word for grandmother). Tippi's father was of Swedish descent. Dakota's other ancestry is English, Welsh, German, Norwegian, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, Scottish, and distant Dutch.

  10. Her stepfather is Antonio Banderas.

  11. She later attended Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California, for her freshman year of high school before transferring to the New Roads School in Santa Monica, California.

  12. Dakota doesn't find it annoying talking about her famous family, saying: "I've come to understand the allure of that to other people, how it seems so interesting and different. But for me it's just my family."

  13. She made her film debut at the age of 10, but didn't act again for roughly ten years after that

  14. Johnson began modelling when she was 12, appearing on the cover of Teen Vogue along with other celebrity kids.

  15. She made her film debut in the 1999 movie 'Crazy in Alabama', where she and her half-sister, Stella Banderas, played the daughters to their real-life mother, Melanie Griffith.

  16. She is signed to the IMG modelling agency and was the face (and body) of Mango Jeans.

  17. You might also recognise her from 'The Social Network', where she played Justin Timberlake's university bed-buddy.

  18. Despite being the one-night stand girl in The Social Network, Dakota took down her Facebook profile, because she didn't like being on it."I was on Facebook until I caught myself being a psycho stalker. That's when I chose to stop."

  19. In The Five-Year Engagement, she played the nymphomaniac girlfriend of Jason Segel.

  20. She also had some small roles as a badass cop Fugazy in "21 Jump Street" and she eventually landed a starring role on "Ben and Kate" in 2012, but it didn't last long. The comedy was canceled after one season.

  21. She also made a cameo appearance in the finale of The American Office.

  22. Johnson doesn't believe that having famous parents is anything special. She told a reporter at Interview magazine, "It's not necessarily annoying. I've come to understand the allure of that to other people, how it seems so interesting and different. But for me it's just my family, it's the way I grew up and it's my mom and my dad. It doesn't really bother me because I get it, but sometimes it's kind of a drag to talk about."

  23. Her friends include Paris Hilton and Mary-Kate Olsen.

  24. Dakota is open about her past stints in rehab. She reportedly spent 30 days at Visions Teen Treatment Center in Malibu for drug and alcohol addiction in 2007, before receiving outpatient help in Brentwood.

  25. In 2006, she became the first ever second-generation Miss Golden Globe in history. Each year, the title of Miss Golden Globe traditionally goes to the child of a celebrity (usually a girl, but occasionally a boy); the honoree then assists during that year's Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Melanie Griffith was previously voted Miss Golden Globe in 1975.

  26. Back in 2010 her boyfriend was Noah Gersh, a musician in a band called HoneyChild.

  27. Her on-screen sex scenes with Jamie Dornan in 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' won't be her first, having previously pretended to do the deed with Jason Segel in 'The Five-Year Engagement'.

  28. Speaking about filming the sex scenes with Jamie Dornan in 'Fifty Shades Of Grey', she said: "It's not, like, a romantic situation. It's more, like, technical and choreographed and less ... it's more of a task."

  29. Ended her relationship with Welsh model, Matthew Hitt, in February 2015 after three months.

  30. She feels very comfortable doing nude and sexual scenes on set. She told Elle, "I don't have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame."

  31. She landed her role as Anastasia Steele by reading a long, sexually-explicit monologue from the Ingmar Bergman film "Persona"
  32. Johnson took a flogger and several pairs of underwear from the set of Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). She took the underwear claiming they were too comfortable to leave behind.

  33. Dakota Johnson has a lot of respect for "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James. "I think it's an incredible love story and that's why it's affected so many people. Erica (EL James) did a really good job of explaining how that just can happen sometimes and you have this chemical pull to someone. Adding in the sex makes it perfect. Sometimes you feel a little bit naughty and that's okay."

  34. Her favorite song on the Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) soundtrack is "Beast of Burden" by The Rolling Stones.

  35. There was a bit of confusion as to who would be cast as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Johnson was cast first and then her leading man was chosen. But shortly after Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam signed on, the British actor abruptly left the production. Us Weekly reported that a source said he was never completely on board. Meanwhile, with millions of passionate Grey fans scrutinizing the casting, there was even apetition on change.org to have Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel plays the leads.

  36. She is dating Jordan Masterson who starred in "40-Year-Old Virgin". He is the younger half-brother of actors Danny and Christopher Masterson.

  37. Her favorite book is the 1955 novel, Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov.

  38. Her favorite color is orange.

  39. Three things she always carries in her purse: keys, chap-stick, and candy.

  40. She's best friends with Riley Keough (Elvis' grand-daughter) and was a childhood friend of Rumer Willis.

  41. On February 15, 2015, Johnson appeared on Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special and will be hosting SNL on February 28, 2015.

  42. Whenever she is truly laughing she cries. She has stated that it has become a nuisance on film sets because she has to constantly have her make-up touched up in between takes.

  43. She is 5' 7½" (1.71 m) tall.

  44. Johnson auditioned in front of Judd Apatow for a role in HBO's Girls (2012) but was not selected. Apatow later recommended her for a small role as a neurotic, sex-obsessed girlfriend named Audrey in The Five-Year Engagement (2012), which he produced.

  45. Johnson did not use a body double for any scenes in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) except for one BDSM scene. A double was used for a scene involving the character, Anastasia, being whipped with a belt. Johnson did not want to participate in the scene to avoid personal injury and to avoid her body being marked in any way.

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