Dakota Mayi Johnson is a Hollywood Model and Actress. She starred in the comedy TV series, Ben and Kate, which premiered in the year 2012 and was aired only briefly. However, she is best known for her role as the leading female actress in a number of movies such as The Social Network, 21 Jump Street, 50 Shades of Grey, Need for Speed, and so on. While she appeared in the 2015 film, Chloe and Theo, her next project is How To Be Single, which will be released in 2016.
Dakota Johnson’s Early Life
Johnson was born on October 4, 1989 in Austin, Texas, U.S. Her mother, Melanie Griffith and father, Don Johnson are both well-known actors. Her maternal grandfather is an advertising executive Peter Griffith, who was also a former child actor. Also, her maternal grandmother is Tippi Hedren, who was a Golden Globe winning actress. Johnson is the step-daughter of Antonio Banderas. She has a total of 6 step-siblings both on her father’s and mother’s side combined.
Dakota Johnson has attended three different schools during her childhood. When she was in school, she was a very good dancer. Her interest in modeling began after her photo-shoot for the magazine, Teen Vogue, when she was 12 years old. This paved the way for her acting career, which isn’t really a surprise considering that she is a third generation actress in the family.
Dakota Johnson’s Acting Career
Dakota Johnson’s acting debut was with the movie, Crazy In Alabama, in the year 1999. In the movie, Johnson and Stella Banderas, her sister, play the role of siblings. Their mother in the movie is played by Melanie Griffith, who is their real-life mother. Also, Antonio Banderas, who was her step-father at the time, was the director of the film. In 2006, Johnson was chosen as Miss Golden Globe 2006. She was the first second-generation Golden Globe in its history.
As soon as Johnson graduated from high school, she did not waste any time before pursuing her career in acting. She soon got a role in The Social Network by David Fincher, in which her performance was widely appreciated by the critics. During the next few years, she played major roles in a number of movies, including the likes of Beastly, Chloe and Theo by Ezna Sands, and For Ellen by So Young Kim. In the year 2012, she appeared in The Five-Year Engagement, the movie 21 Jump Street and Christopher Neil’s film Goats, with David Duchovny. Next she appeared in Date and Switch as the female lead.
Dakota Johnson made her television debut on the Fox sitcom, Ben and Kate. She played the role of Kate on the short-lived TV show, in which her performance received good response. However, in 2013, only after airing a season of the show, it was cancelled. After the unsuccessful experience with television, Dakota Johnson quickly revived her career in the year 2014 with the film, Need For Speed. Apart from that, she also appeared in the movie Cymbeline, which was based on William Shakespeare’s work of the same name. She even appeared in the final episode of the TV series, The Office, in the year 2013 as one of the new employees.
Her biggest project so far has been Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), in which she plays the role of the female lead, Anastasia Steele. She won over the role by competing against the likes of Felicity Jones, Denielle Panabaker, Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodleyand, and Lucy Hale. This pushed her to the top, in terms of fame. Later, she even appeared on the fortieth anniversary special of the Saturday Night live. Later, she even hosted an episode of the Saturday Night Live by herself. In 2015, she got to work again with her 21 Jump Street cast member, Johnny Depp in the 2015 movie Black Mass. She plays the role of his child’s mother.
In the year 2015, she starred in the thriller film A Bigger Splash by Luca Guadagnino. In this movie she costarred with Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. The movie will be released in the U.S. in May, 2016. Johnson also plays a widow in the movie, Forever Interrupted, for which she is also an executive producer. The film will be released later this year. She has also been cast alongside Nicholas Braun and Leslie Mann, in the comedy, How To Be Single (2016). In the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of AnOther Magazine, Dakota Johnson also mentioned that she is training herself very intensely in ballet for the Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of the Italian horror movie, Suspiria.
Dakota Johnson’s Modeling Career
Johnson considers acting as her main career choice. But, that hasn’t stopped her from modeling from time to time. She has taken several modeling projects. She modeled for the jeans Brand Mango in the year 2009 and also shot a campaign for the Australian brand, Wish in the year 2011.
Dakota Johnson’s Achievements
Dakota Johnson has acted in numerous movies over the years and her performances have been praised by the critics as well as the audiences. She has been nominated and has won quite a number of awards. For instance, for the movie The Social Network, the entire cast of the film won Ensemble Of The Year Award in the Hollywood Film Awards for the year 2010. They again won Ensemble Cast Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Other than this, she was also nominated for two more awards for her excellent performance in the movie. Her role in the TV series Ben and Kate, gained her the award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in the Women’s Image Network Award in the year 2013. She won the Calvin Klein Spotlight Award for Elle Women In Hollywood. She has also been nominated for People’s choice Award in the Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress category, the decision for which is still pending.