The Inner Strength of Dakota Johnson
Yes, she’s got stardom in her blood. But that addictively watchable, ultraversatile, funny-dramatic-engaging streak? That’s entirely her own. Now, with Fifty Shades under her (ahem) belt, Johnson is going toe-to-toe with the best in the business.
Director of Fifty Shades of Grey, Sam Taylor-Johnson, on casting Johnson:
“There had to be a sense of wide-eyed, excitable curiosity, but grounded in a worldliness. She had to have an inner strength that would carry her through the darkest of moments. I knew straightaway that Dakota was the girl.”
On adapting the role of Anastasia in Fifty Shades:
“I needed Anastasia to be funny. If you can’t laugh during a movie like that, you’re fucked. Literally. You need to have something that everyone can relate to.”
On her filming new movie, How to Be Single:
”I play a girl who moves to New York under the guise of needing to be independent. It’s about the ebb and flow of finding yourself and finding love and why does it matter.”
Dakota Johnson wears an eel skin jacket from Calvin Klein Collection and a silver necklace from David Yurman. Photographed by Paola Kudacki. Styled by Simon Robins.
To read all of the honorees’ funny and revealing stories, check out the full feature exclusively in the November issue of ELLE—available digitally and in select cities now, and on newsstands nationwide October 20.
– Dakota Johnson > Magazines Scans > 2015 > ELLE Magazine (November)