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Inquirer Entertainment: Dakota Johnson, from ‘Shades of Grey’ to ‘Black Mass’

LOS ANGELES—Dakota Johnson was less shy in our recent interview with her compared to our chat last year for “Fifty Shades of Grey.” She was her usual demure and soft-spoken self. But in “Black Mass,” she makes quite an impression despite her short role—she delivers a strong, memorable performance acting opposite veteran Johnny Depp.

Pretty in a black Saint Laurent dress, Dakota occasionally chewed her nails as we talked to her at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto. It was an endearing indication that the actress was not self-conscious. She turns 26 next month but she looked girlish, a look enhanced by her becoming hairdo.

To some, Dakota may be a surprising choice to play Lindsey Cyr, the longtime girlfriend and the mother of the only child of James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny), one of the most dangerous mobsters in US history, in “Black Mass.”

But director Scott Cooper’s casting choice paid off. From a simple dinner scene to an intense argument in a hospital, both with Johnny, Dakota was a good match to the actor. These scenes are an effective counterpoint to the depiction of Bulger’s brutality, who rose to become Boston’s most notorious crime lord. He was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most wanted list until his capture in 2011 in, of all places, Santa Monica, California.

The daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson will be seen next in “A Bigger Splash” and “How to Be Single” and is set to shoot “Suspiria.” And there are those two much-awaited films in her future, of course: “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”

The following are excerpts from our chat.

What are your earliest memories of Johnny Depp?

I met him when I was a young girl.  We had a mutual family friend. I remember seeing “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “Benny & Joon” and seeing this magical person who could just walk on screen, into a room, stand there and do nothing—and you’re fascinated. There are very few people who can command your attention that way.

And now, you are working with him.

Working with Johnny was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had. You wonder how somebody like that works and what his process is. There was a moment when we were filming the scene in the hospital.  It was a close-up shot. He was so energetically, 100 percent there.

It was as though a wave of anger, hatred and complete and utter despair from him blasted through me. I was weeping on the side of the camera and shaking. I couldn’t control myself. I was trying so hard to not bump the camera so I didn’t ruin his scene. But I was like, God, that is an artist.  That’s the magic—that’s the thing.

Is this your first time to play a mother?

I played a mother on a television show called “Ben and Kate.” I love playing a mother. I have a lot of younger siblings. I took care of them a lot. I would love to have babies.

What is it about a powerful man that attracts women?

I feel that Lindsey Cyr and Whitey or Jimmy Bulger are equals in their house. Even though he does what he does outside of the house. She’s as emotionally tough as he is. I don’t know what the thing is about powerful men that attracts women to them.

Lindsey and Whitey had a relationship that was only between them. She saw a side of him that was gentle, maybe, or a bit tender. She saw the way he loved his son and that was the one thing that really got into his heart. I think that was the thing that drew her to him.

Have you been attracted to power?

Not yet (laughs). I’m working on it.

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Dakota Johnson on Inquisitr : ‘When The Going Gets Weird, The Weird Turn Pro’

Dakota Johnson took a break from the Fifty Shades Darker set to attend the Toronto International Film Festival’s premiere of Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp as gangster Whitey Bulger and co-stars Johnson as Bulger’s girlfriend, Lindsey Cyr. The Daily Mail reports that Johnson found filming with Depp comforting in a way, as the two share a common acquaintance.

“It was cool because we have a connection in having known Hunter Thompson. My dad was quite close with Hunter,” Ms. Johnson revealed. “I spent a lot of time in Woody Creek as a kid and he was a magical person to me. He would come into the driveway at odd hours and rearrange rocks and things… He’d bring me odd gifts, like bird collars, or weird fishing gear.”

“Whenever I’d see him, he would bend down and take his hat off and I would pat his bald spot,” said Dakota. “I have no idea why! It was a thing we did…” Continue reading

InStyle: Dakota Johnson Reveals Her Secret to Killer Style

Every time Dakota Johnson steps out, she looks flawless. But that doesn’t mean the Fifty Shades of Grey star spends a ton of time plotting out her looks every morning. In fact, she just likes to play things by ear when it comes to choosing her outfits. “It depends really on how I feel that day,” the-25-year-old actress told InStyle when she stopped by our pop-up portrait studio at the Toronto International Film Festival to discuss her new movie, Black Mass. “Normally it takes me a few minutes to figure out the thing that makes me feel good. It varies.”

Johnson’s solution to make sure she’s inspired by her wardrobe, even when she’s on the go? Checked luggage and lots of options. “I travel with a lot of clothes, which is a really bad idea because it’s such a nightmare to travel,” she said. “I always overpack, because I like to bring things with me and I accumulate stuff so it piles up. I travel with everything I own.”  When she’s doing press, Johnson manages to keep her baggage down to “less than three” suitcases—and they’re filled with only her most essential must-haves, of course.

“I always have a pair of Levi’s, my Saint Laurent leather jacket, and scarves,” she revealed. “I love clothes so much. I feel like whatever I wear is an insight for other people to get to see who I am, or for me to portray how I’m feeling.”

That means Johnson doesn’t have any regrets when it comes to choosing her looks. ” I feel like everything I wear is a favorite thing,” she said. “I wouldn’t wear something if I didn’t love it, and I wouldn’t just wear something because someone put me in it.”

The one outfit that Johnson is most obsessed with these days is the blush pink Prada dress she wore to premiere Black Mass at the Venice Film Festival this month. “It was so special, and I really loved that dress. I felt very, very pretty in it, which is a nice feeling.” 

Source: InStyle News

Dakota Johnson for AnOther Magazine A/W 15

Quotes of Dakota:

“I feel like I grew up in the circus. I know planes, trains and automobiles. And really talented, weird people” – Dakota Johnson

“I wanted to make Penelope almost a complete sociopath. She meddles in people’s lives because she thinks it’s fun” – Dakota Johnson

“My house in LA was really old and there was a vault with a giant door, filled with movies in alphabetical order, shelves and shelves of them – and then a little section of home movies that are very, very special” – Dakota Johnson

“I was more interested in spray painting things and hanging out with my friends than I was in school” – Dakota Johnson

“A film set is the most comfortable place I could be in the world, that’s what I know. I always thought this is what I would end up doing. I just had to wait until it was my turn” – Dakota Johnson

See the full Article here The Full Story: Dakota Johnson for AnOther Magazine A/W15 and AnOther Magazine A/W15: Real/Unreal

Gallery Links: AnOther Magazine Cover ; Collier Schorr for AnOther Magazine (Outtakes)

Dakota Johnson in Harper’s Bazaar UK

We’ve added High Quality Scans of Harper’s Bazaar UK September Issue in the Gallery.


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El Mundo Fuera de serie

Added scans of Dakota in El Mundo Fuera de siere magazine

Dakota Johnson used a BUM double for major romp scene

Dakota Johnson may have bared all in Fifty Shades of Grey but revealed she used a bum double for the hardcore S&M punishment scene.

The 25-year-old actress stripped down for her debut lead role but admitted she didn’t want to experience the pain of getting hit with the belt as described in the book. Speaking to the Daily Star the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffiths said: “There was a close up of a bum getting hit with a belt.

“That was not my bum, because I didn’t want to get hit with a belt.”

Dakota, who has had small roles in The Social Network and 21 Jump Street, wowed on the red carpet this week at the UK premiere for Fifty Shades. The leading lady took the plunge in the dress which was almost cut to her navel. Showing she’s a bit of all-white, the star flaunted her enviably trim frame in the flowing frock with thin straps and glittering detail. Her hair was worn in a sleek, straight style and she made her ensemble pop with a splash of purple lipstick.

Dark-haired stunner Dakota, who plays Anastasia Steele in the S&M-mad movie, completed her look with a silver clutch bag and a large statement ring.

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