Dakota Johnson is an American actress and model. She was born on 4th October 1989 in Austin, Texas to actors and Don Johnson, who are now separated. She has six half-siblings, four on her father’s side and two on her mother’s. Her maternal grandmother being an actress Tippi Hedren, Dakota is a third-generation Hollywood actress. Needless to say, she was born in a very famous family which is very film-oriented.
She attended Aspen Community School, Colorado followed by Santa Catalina School, California before transferring to New Roads School, California. Though she was a passionate dancer during childhood, her attention was diverted into modelling at the age of twelve, after a photo shoot for Teen Vogue. She claims that despite her background, she wasn’t sure about being an actor.
Dakota’s first film was at the age of ten with her co-star, her half-sister, Stella Banderas and her mother in the movie ‘Crazy in Alabama.’ . She secured the Miss Globe Award, a platform which is a launch pad for off- spring of famous parents. She took up a modelling contract with IMG Models and has modelled for Mango Jeans, the Australian brand Wish. Her acting career restarted with the film, ‘
The Social Network
’ which was a box-office success. After a great start, she appeared in many movies like ‘
’, ‘Chloe and Theo’, ‘For Ellen’, ‘
’ and ‘
21 Jump Street
’. Her role in ‘21 Jump Street’ was recognised. Her next role, in the movie ‘The Five Year Engagement’, was also appreciated. She also starred in the cinemas ‘Date and Switch’, ‘Cymbeline’ and ‘Need for Speed’.
It was her role as Anastasia Steele in the erotic romance drama, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ that offered her international recognition and rightly made her an acclaimed actress. She won the People’s Choice Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress Award for the same. Her consecutive undertakings in the role of Lindsey Cyr, a young mother who loses her son in the movie, ‘
’ and as a young temptress, Penelope in the film, ‘A Bigger Splash’ has established her mettle as an actress. She followed with starring in ‘How to be Single.’ She has many films including the sequels of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ lined up for release. She began her television career with essaying the role of Kate Fox in ‘Ben and Kate’ followed by a role in ‘
.’ She hosted an episode of the show ‘
Saturday Night Live
’. Many people have said that they like working with Dakota again because of her sheer professionalism.
She has said in one of her interviews that she has never casually dated and has had only serious relationships. She once lived with musician Noah Gersh. She was also in a relationship with actor
. She also was linked to model Matthew Hitt. After a split, the couple reconciled. Dakota is an avid animal rights activist and is known to stand firmly for the cause. Recently she saved twelve horses from dying by paying for them.