Jimmy and Dakota talk about living next door to each other, and Dakota explains what happened when she confronted another neighbor about a dispute involving Dakota’s old truck.
Dakota Johnson talks about her two new movies Bad Times at The El Royale and Suspiria, and she reveals what went on at her birthday party and why she’s obsessed with piñatas.
“Bad Times at the El Royale” stars Dakota Johnson and Jeff Bridges take the WIRED Autocomplete Interview and answer the internet’s most searched questions about themselves. Is Jeff Bridges really “The Dude”? Is Dakota Johnson related to Meryl Streep? Are Jeff Bridges and Kris Kristofferson brothers?
Dakota Johnson admitted to Ellen that she and her “Bad Times at the El Royale” co-stars found themselves distracted by heartthrob Chris Hemsworth and his good looks.
Earlier this week, the celebrity rumor mill was churning into overdrive thanks to the plethora of reports that Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin were going to have a baby together. The evidence at the time, while unsubstantiated, was pretty enticing for tabloid fodder: Some kind of party was thrown by the couple at Martin’s Los Angeles home with just about every A-list celebrity guest you could imagine in attendance and a large arch festooned with blue and pink balloons serving as the party’s centerpiece. One paparazzo captured some of the balloons flying away, which lead some to assume that the event was a gender reveal party.
Johnson’s reps soon denied anything but a birthday party was going on, and now Johnson herself is responding. “Well, the only thing I’m pregnant with is a lot of really good ideas. But not any babies,” she said when asked about it on Ellen on Thursday, launching into how the brouhaha started. “It was my birthday and there were balloons that happened to be pink and blue, and so then I was pregnant. I didn’t know that the balloons were gonna be released. They were just in an arch, but I guess that accidentally happened, one of the ends just got let go. A lot of people congratulated me. A lot of attention! More than just having it be my birthday.”
There was an unforeseen downside to Johnson’s birthday-becoming-headline news, though—she now has to deal with facing the wrath of everyone she didn’t invite. “Now I had to be like, It was just my birthday,” she said, “and all of the people I didn’t invite to my birthday know I had a birthday party.” Still, glad she cleared that up.
Dakota Johnson is seen appearing at the Today Show in New York City on September 28, 2018.
Actors Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo and Dakota Johnson sit down with TODAY’s Craig Melvin to discuss their new movie, “Bad Times at the El Royale,” which Johnson describes as a “film noir, whodunit situation.” Erivo later talks about being an Academy Award away from reaching EGOT status.
Dakota Johnson just completed her final turn as Anastasia Steele in the incredibly erotic/hilarious Fifty Shades Freed—a film that saw Ana and Christian take a break from the “Red Room” to get married, get pregnant, and deal with a sinister former publisher named Hyde who’s hell bent on killing everyone whilst being incredibly extra.
But, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of passionate sex scene for your viewing enjoyment. As a result, Johnson spent a ton of time navigating her way through some of the series’ most intensely intimate moments (three words: ice cream foreplay). Here, the actress talks to MarieClaire.com about which scene was the hardest to film, the least sexy thing about making this movie, doing shots with Jamie Dornan, and having a thong superglued onto her body. Yes, truly.
Yes, there’s a specific sex scene shooting schedule:
Dakota: “If we could do all of the sex scenes in a day or so, that would truly be in the Guinness Book of World Records. A lot of it was dependent on the locations, and because we shot the second and third film back to back, the sex scenes were kind of grouped in all together for the most part. And some were not in those two weeks.”
That intense handcuffing scene in the Red Room (you know the one) was incredibly tough:
Dakota: “The most difficult one by far—I think in all three movies—was a sex scene in the third film where I was handcuffed with my arms and legs to the gate. It’s like a fence thing that comes down. And I was blindfolded. And it was kind of shocking, because I didn’t realize that no matter how prepared or rehearsed I was, when your senses are taken away like that, you can’t control the way your nervous system will react. So it was really tricky to navigate that scene. It was kind of difficult.”
They do shots before sex scenes, which, understandable:
Dakota: “Most of [our preparation] is just really figuring out exactly how were are going to accomplish the scene beforehand—so that there’s not a lot of waiting around while we’re both vulnerable. But, if something is very, very difficult, it’s sometimes necessary to have a shot of something strong beforehand.”
Doing those scenes never gets less awkward:
Dakota: “No, it’s never easy. It’s not casual and it’s not fun. It never got easy.”
Um, she had a thong superglued to her body:
Dakota: “Oh yeah, Jamie’s little pouch. It’s super not glamorous—it’s really unsexy. He wore that, and I had these sort of strapless thongs that had glue on them. It’s not glue, but it’s sticky. They’re, like, basically if it were a nipple pastie, but underwear. But it’s only sticky at the top, it’s not sticky the whole way. It would also come off because the adhesive would wear out, so then they would superglue it to my body so that it wouldn’t fall off. And I would wear two of them. It’s not painful, I mean, it’s barely anything. But I guess you have some sense of being covered. It’s f*cking bizarre.”
Guys, they worked with a “sex advisor” so never say this movie wasn’t well-researched:
Dakota: “Jamie mostly had an advisor that was on set for the first film, not so much for the second. Then we just had people who specialized in knowing how things work, like how to use certain tools and toys. There’s a certain method. It’s very intricate and the details are really important. The rules are also really important. We didn’t want to go make a movie about something we didn’t research to the bone. So to really honor the BDSM community and we did it the right way.”
Fifty Shades Freed is in theaters now.
Source: Marie Claire
FIFTY SHADES FREED star Dakota Johnson talks to BackstageOL about returning to the role of Anastasia Steele for the final time.
Fans will be happy to see Christian and Ana’s ice cream scene. It was in the second book, but wasn’t in the second movie. Can you tell me about filming that one?
Dakota: That was an added scene. We didn’t shoot it originally when we were filming, we shot it afterwards when we were filming re-shoots, so it was kind of funny to go away for a year and then come back and shoot just two days of pick-up shots. It was an added moment, but it was fun.
Is it actually ice cream?
Dakota: Yes, it was ice cream, but I’m allergic to dairy—so it was dairy-free coconut ice cream or something.
So it wasn’t Ben & Jerry’s after all.
Dakota: Oh no, it wasn’t—that was movie magic.
You and Jamie Dornan have often talked about giggling and having a lot of fun on set. Is there anything funny going on behind the scenes?
Dakota: Tons—there’s always things going on that are not what you think, but that’s the glory of movies. A lot of the time, things are not luxurious. They’re not glamorous, and they are mostly embarrassing, but we have the ability to edit ourselves into a good light.
As in the earlier films, you have quite a few naked scenes. What is the Ana Steele workout routine?
Dakota: A lot of it was diet, so especially on days when I would have nude scenes, I would stay away from sugars and things that are bloating or make you feel kind of heavy and lethargic. And then I did a lot of running. We had a gym trailer, so when we had downtime during lunch or if I had off between scenes, which was very, very rare because I’m pretty much in every scene…but I’m not a morning person, so I wasn’t about to be working out first thing in the morning before work. My pick-up is normally 4 or 5 A.M., so I would work out during my lunches and do cardio and then those tiny little movements you do to target muscles. I don’t know what they call those: fire hydrants and leg lifts, you know, a lot of butt stuff.
Oh, butt stuff? Everybody loves that.
Dakota: Butt stuff, yeah. Like I said, I would work my ass off. I would kill myself every day, because it’s not easy to do this job over the course of four years. It’s hard to maintain that, so it was a lot of help from nutritionists, from people who are very athletic. And I also was riding horses on the weekend—which I wasn’t allowed to be doing, but I didn’t tell anybody.
Looking back on all the Fifty Shadesmovies, do you have a favorite sexy scene or one that was your least favorite?
Dakota: I don’t have a favorite…they were all really difficult for me, if I’m honest. I do have a least favorite, and that one was in the third film. There was a scene where Ana’s chained to a drop-down gate that is in the red room and blindfolded, and she’s handcuffed by her wrists and feet. That was difficult, because no matter how much you know that the environment is not real and how much you are protected and safe and can work at your own speed, your senses are deprived. When you can’t protect yourself physically and you can’t see anything, automatically your nervous system is acting up and you become…your brain reacts in a way that’s sort of unmanageable. I couldn’t really control it, so that was a difficult moment. My body betrayed me—you fall into a panic attack without being able to decide whether or not to have a panic attack.
That sounds stressful—is there anything you would want to keep from the red room?
Dakota: I probably wouldn’t take anything.
You’re like, “Bye.”
There’s a lot happening for Ana in the film. Her wedding dress is beautiful—how was it to wear it and film that scene?
Dakota: The funny thing about movie wardrobe is that you get to wear things and do things that you either haven’t done in your life or never really would get to do in your life. It was funny, it felt like an actual costume—it didn’t feel like “my clothes” at all. It was just a fun and funny thing to do. The dress was beautiful and it was tailor-made to my body; they really made a wedding dress for me. It took a long time and we had a lot of fittings—I don’t need to do that again.