Dakota Johnson

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Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson 2014 (cropped).jpg
Johnson in 2014
Born Dakota Mayi Johnson
(1989-10-04) October 4, 1989 (age 28)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
  • Actress
  • Model
Years active 1999; 2010–present
Parent(s) Don Johnson
Melanie Griffith
Relatives Jesse Johnson (half-brother)
Peter Griffith (grandfather)
Tippi Hedren (grandmother)
Tracy Griffith (half-aunt)

Dakota Mayi Johnson (born October 4, 1989) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her starring role as Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades film series, which includes Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Fifty Shades Darker (2017) and Fifty Shades Freed (2018). For her work in the film series, she received the People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress and a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination.

Johnson made her film debut in the comedy-drama Crazy in Alabama (1999). Following her high school graduation, she gained further recognition for her roles in the films The Social Network (2010), Beastly (2011), 21 Jump Street (2012), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), Need for Speed (2014), Black Mass (2015), A Bigger Splash (2015), How to Be Single (2016), and Suspiria (2018).

She is the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and her maternal grandmother is actress Tippi Hedren.

Early life[edit]

Dakota Mayi Johnson was born on October 4, 1989, at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas,[1] to actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. At the time of her birth, her father was shooting the film The Hot Spot in Texas.[2] Her maternal grandparents are advertising executive and former child actor Peter Griffith and actress Tippi Hedren, and she is the half-niece of actress Tracy Griffith and production designer Clay A. Griffin. Her former stepfather is actor Antonio Banderas.[3] She has six half-siblings; four on her father's side, including actor Jesse Johnson, and two on her mother's side.

Johnson was primarily raised in Aspen and Woody Creek, Colorado,[4] where she worked during summers at the local market as a young teenager.[5] She attended Aspen Community School.[6] She later attended the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California, for her freshman year of high school before transferring to New Roads School in Santa Monica, California.[7] She was an avid dancer as a child. She became interested in modeling at age 12 after a photo shoot with children of other celebrities for Teen Vogue.[8] Johnson has said that she was interested in acting as a child, having spent significant time on film sets with her parents, but that they discouraged her from pursuing it until she finished high school.[9]


Career beginnings[edit]

In 1999, Johnson made her film debut in Crazy in Alabama where she and her half-sister, Stella Banderas, played daughters to their real-life mother, Melanie Griffith. The film was directed by her then-stepfather, Antonio Banderas. In 2006, she was chosen as Miss Golden Globe 2006, where she served as the first second-generation Miss Golden Globe in the Globes' history.[10][11]

In 2006, Johnson signed with IMG Models.[8] Though acting is her primary work, she has since modeled for MANGO brand's jeans line in 2009 and shot the "Rising Star" campaign for Australian fashion label Wish in 2011.[12][13]

Once Johnson graduated from high school, she signed with the William Morris Agency and started her acting career. She appeared in the critically acclaimed box office hit The Social Network which was directed by David Fincher. She has also appeared in Beastly,[14] Ezna Sands' film Chloe and Theo,[15] and So Yong Kim's film For Ellen.[12] In 2012, she had roles in Christopher Neil's film Goats, with David Duchovny; Nicholas Stoller's film The Five-Year Engagement for producer Judd Apatow, and the film 21 Jump Street.[16] She also played the female lead in Chris Nelson's film Date and Switch written by Alan Yang.[17]

In March 2012, Johnson was cast as Kate in the Fox comedy series Ben and Kate, marking her television debut.[18] The show was cancelled on January 25, 2013 after one season.[19] Johnson quickly resumed her film career, and appeared in Need for Speed (2014).[20] She also has been cast in the modern-day film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline.[21] In 2013, she had a role as one of the new hires on the series finale episode of the comedy series The Office.

Johnson at a press conference for Black Mass, on September 7, 2015

Further success[edit]

Johnson received further recognition and success when she starred as Anastasia "Ana" Steele in the romantic drama film Fifty Shades of Grey, which was released in February 2015.[22] Johnson won the role over Lucy Hale, Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Danielle Panabaker and Shailene Woodley. In answer to questions regarding her stance on gender rights with respect to her role in the Fifty Shades series, Johnson said: "I'm proud of [the movie]. I completely disagree with people who think Ana's weak. I think she's actually stronger than he is. Everything she does is her choice. And if I can be an advocate for women to do what they want to do with their bodies and not be ashamed of what they want, then I'm all for that."[23]

On February 15, 2015, Johnson appeared on Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special and hosted SNL on February 28, 2015, making her the second daughter of a former SNL host (after Gwyneth Paltrow, whose mother Blythe Danner hosted during the show's seventh season in 1982) to host herself. Also in 2015, she reunited with her 21 Jump Street cast member Johnny Depp, playing the mother of his character's child in the feature film Black Mass.[24]

In 2015, Johnson starred in Luca Guadagnino's thriller A Bigger Splash,[25] opposite Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ralph Fiennes.[26] She also played a lead in the 2016 comedy How to Be Single, with Leslie Mann and her Date and Switch costar Nicholas Braun.[27]

Johnson mentioned in the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of AnOther Magazine, that she was already deep in ballet training to prepare for Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria.[28] She will star with Schnoenaerts again in The Sound of Metal, where she plays a singer, and he plays a drummer who begins to lose his hearing.[29] She is set to reunite with her The Social Network costar Armie Hammer for a thriller for writer and director Babak Anvari in a film adaptation of Nathan Ballingrud's horror novella "The Visible Filth".[30] She will also star in and executive produce two films under her Silhouette Productions: Forever, Interrupted, where she will play a young widow,[31] and Unfit, where she will play Carrie Buck in a fact-based 1920s courtroom drama based on the book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen.[32] She has also signed on to work on the independent feature film The Peanut Butter Falcon with Bruce Dern and Shia LaBeouf[33] and Bad Times at the El Royale with Chris Hemsworth, Russell Crowe and Jeff Bridges for writer-director Drew Goddard.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Crazy in Alabama Sondra
2010 The Social Network Amelia Ritter
All That Glitters Dianica French Short film
2011 Beastly Sloan Hagen
2012 For Ellen Cindy Taylor
Goats Minnie
21 Jump Street Fugazy
The Five-Year Engagement Audrey
Transit Elizabeth Short film
2014 Date and Switch Em
Need for Speed Anita Coleman
Closed Set Leading Lady Short film
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Anastasia Steele
Cymbeline Imogen
Chloe and Theo Chloe
Black Mass Lindsey Cyr
A Bigger Splash Penelope Lannier
In a Relationship Willa Short film
Vale Rachel
2016 How to Be Single Alice Kepley
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Anastasia Steele
2018 Fifty Shades Freed Anastasia Grey
Suspiria Susie Bannion
Bad Times at the El Royale Emily Summerspring Post-production
The Peanut Butter Falcon Eleanor Post-production
2019 The Translation of Wounds Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2012–13 Ben and Kate Kate Fox Main role; 16 episodes
2013 The Office Dakota Episode: "Finale"
2015 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Dakota Johnson/Alabama Shakes"

Awards and nominations[edit]


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  2. ^ "Melanie Griffith gives birth to girl". United Press International. October 4, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson – Like Mother, Like Daughter – Hollywood's Hottest Moms". InStyle. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Dakota (September 19, 2015). "Dakota Johnson Dishes on "50 Shades Darker"" (Interview). Interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres. NBC. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
  5. ^ "The Full Story: Dakota Johnson". AnOther Magazine. September 10, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Interview". Aspen Peak. p. 146. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dakota Mayi Johnson's Profile, Biography & Heritage". Katagogi. 2014. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Interview". Aspen Peak. p. 146. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Dakota Johnson". Live with Kelly and Michael (Interview). Interviewed by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. WABC-TV. February 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Miss/Mr. Golden Globe". HFPA. Archived from the original on April 20, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Dakota Johnson Selected as 2006 Miss Golden Globe at 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards to Be Telecast Live on NBC on Jan. 16; First Daughter of a Former Miss Golden Globe Ever to Be Chosen". Findarticles.com. Archived from the original on April 13, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Dakota Johnson". Interview Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-01-26. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Wish". Wish. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  14. ^ "MANGO blog". Mango.com. October 14, 2011. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Dakota Johnson". Thelast-magazine.com. October 25, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 3, 2011). "Dakota Johnson books trio of roles". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  17. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 9, 2011). "Dakota Johnson woos 'Gay Dude'". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 23, 2012). "Dakota Johnson Cast As The Lead Of Fox Comedy Pilot 'Ned Fox Is My Manny'". Deadline Hollywood. PMC. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ O'Connell, Michael (January 25, 2013). "Fox Officially Cancels 'Ben and Kate,' Shuts Down Production". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ Puchko, Kristy (February 7, 2013). "Ben And Kate's Dakota Johnson Feels The Need For Speed". Cinema Blend. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Anton Yelchin & Dakota Johnson Set for Modern Day CYMBELINE Film Adaptation – BWWMoviesWorld". Broadwayworld.com. August 19, 2013. Archived from the original on September 7, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  22. ^ "'Fifty Shades' Star Dakota Johnson Ties Up New Role (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  23. ^ McAfee, Melonyce. "Cast of '50 Shades' talks red rooms and sex dungeons - CNN". 
  24. ^ Schaefer, Stephen (April 5, 2014). "Johnny Depp talks "Whitey"". Boston Herald. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  25. ^ Dave McNary (19 February 2015). "Fox Searchlight Makes a 'Splash' With Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson". Variety. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  26. ^ "First still of "A Bigger Splash": Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes". imgur.com. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  27. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 29, 2015). "Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann and Dan Stevens Join 'How to Be Single' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  28. ^ "The Full Story: Dakota Johnson for AnOther Magazine A/W15". AnOther Magazine. September 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  29. ^ "Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts to star in 'The Sound of Metal'". January 22, 2016. 
  30. ^ https://variety.com/2018/film/news/dakota-johnson-zazie-beetz-armie-hammer-movie-1202719901/
  31. ^ Dave McNary (10 July 2014). "'Fifty Shades of Grey' Star Dakota Johnson Joins 'Forever, Interrupted'". Variety. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  32. ^ McNary, Dave (March 7, 2017). "Dakota Johnson to Star in Courtroom Drama 'Unfit' for Amazon". Variety.com. 
  33. ^ McNary, Dave (June 14, 2017). "Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern Join Shia LaBeouf in 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'". Variety.com. 
  34. ^ https://www.cinemablend.com/news/1829439/russell-crowe-joins-chris-hemsworth-in-drew-goddards-latest

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