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Dakota Johnson on “50 Shades Darker”

Two years ago Fifty Shades of Grey brought the colossal worldwide bestseller to the big screen. The torrid sexual awakening of Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) under the tutelage of brooding billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) set imaginations ablaze and broke box office records becoming a cultural meme. Now to no one’s surprise the inevitable sequel is here. Fifty Shades Darker begins with Anastasia and Christian getting back together after a temporary separation and resuming their BDSM romance. The HFPA’s Mirai Konishi and Margaret Gardiner caught up with the lovely Dakota to ask her about the film and what’s next for Ana.

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Dakota Johnson Talks About “Fifty Shades Darker” & Others To Inquirer

Having wrapped up the last two “Fifty Shades” films and even finished shooting another movie, “Suspiria,” Dakota relishes having the time to spruce up her house in LA. Freed from the “Fifty Shades’” world of BDSM and sex toys, the actress told us she enjoys adding period-appropriate flourishes to her midcentury style abode.
Dressed in a simple black Shaina Mote top and skirt, Dakota updated us about “Suspiria,” Luca Guadagnino’s remake of a 1977 Italian horror flick directed by Dario Argento. She costars with Chloe Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton and Jessica Harper, who topbilled the original movie.
She also dished about hanging out with Jamie Dornan even when they were off the set of “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” which they shot back to back in Vancouver. “That is quite a lucky thing to have happened, especially in this situation, because we are so intimate and even the scenes that aren’t sexually explicit are emotionally intimate,” Dakota said.
James Foley took over from Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the first in the erotic romantic drama film series that cast Dakota and Jamie as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively.
Excerpts from our conversation:
Let’s talk about your other interests. You went back to dance because of your role in “Suspiria.” You’re also into architecture. How involved are you with these two passions of yours at this period in your life?
A lot with architecture because I’ve been working on my house for about a year now. That’s taking up a lot of my time. The ballet—not so much anymore, because we finished filming.
It’s not modern. But it’s expressionist dance and more, coupled with German expressionist dance from the ’30s and ’40s, like Mary Wigman. It’s not necessarily pretty, which goes with “Suspiria” (laughs).
What about architecture that interests you? 
I’ve only just started learning more about it because I became obsessed with midcentury houses.
These days, the kitchen has become the center of any house. Can you describe the kitchen in your new house? 
I love cooking so much. The kitchen in my house is actually hidden. It’s not really a hangout area. There’s not so much space. But I did pick a paint color the other day called “alligator alley.” I’m pretty proud of that (laughs).
Are you good at cooking? What do you like to cook? 
I quite like baking. I can do anything (laughs)—I grill stuff, steak, chicken, vegetables, pasta.

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Video: Dakota Johnson: “I think (Jamie & I) were kind of forced into being best friends”, She told Today

Check out the below interview video of Dakota Johnson and her co star, Jamie Dornan as they talk about being force into best friend!

TODAY’s Natalie Morales talks with “Fifty Shades Darker” stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson at a masquerade ball that doubles as the world premiere of the steamy new film. “I think we were kind of forced into being best friends,” Johnson says of herself and Dornan, adding that her life “has changed exponentially” as a result of the film franchise.

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Video: Dakota Johnson “Fifty Shades Darker” Press Junkets Interview

Check out the new interview videos of Dakota Johnson during the press junkets for her recent movie, “Fifty Shades Darker”!


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Dakota Johnson on The Today Show Stills – February 1st

Dakota Johnson seen retouching her makeup before her interview at the “The Today Show”.

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Video: New Clip Dakota Johnson on Jimmy Fallow Show (Fifty Shades Darker Version)

Check out the interesting clip of Dakota Johnson during her interview with Jimmy Fallow Show. Dakota is there to promote “Fifty Shades Darker”.

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Video: Dakota Johnson Promotes “Fifty Shades Darker” During The Today Show – February 1st

Dakota Johnson promoting her new film, “Fifty Shades Darker” during an interview with The Today Show on February 1st.

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Video: New Short Interview of Dakota Johnson With Vanity Fair

Check out the new video clip of Dakota Johnson short interview with Vanity Fair among the other outstanding actress for the latest issue of the magazine. During the short interview, Dakota’s father, Don Johnson was there with his daughter. Good way to brighten up Dakota’s mood!

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Interview of Dakota and Jamie with Glamour Magazine Mexico

If the books were a success, the movies have taken millions of people around the world to absolute thrill. The relationship of Christian and Ana is distinguished by being passionate and full of conflicts, but with an unusual magnetism. If we believed that in the second part of the trilogy the two would fix their problems and happiness would arrive, surprised: there is still more drama.
Not only do we refer to their relationship, but we also meet Elena Lincoln (played by the great Kim Basinger), the woman who seduced Christian when he was only 15 and introduced him to the world of sadomasochism (it definitely gives a new meaning to knowing the ex of your boyfriend). There is jealousy, attraction, but the desire continues to overflow (the elevator scene we saw in the trailer will not let us lie).
It was a hot day in Los Angeles when we interviewed the two characters. Both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan conveyed a sense of complicity and kept smiling at all the questions (and completing each other’s sentences). Want to know what’s new in the lives of your characters? That’s what they told us about the new movie:
The day we were waiting for finally arrived: the premiere of Fifty Shades. How did Ana’s and Christian’s relationship develop?
Jamie Dornan: The story of the second film begins four days after what happens at the end of the first one (when Ana leaves Christian and everything is uncertain). Despite the little time that has passed, they have already begun to feel the changes and adjustments in the relationship. On that occasion, everything is focused on developing them as a couple, wherever they go, even why they started.
Dakota Johnson: Wow, I’m surprised how well you summed it up! (laughs) There is already growth. The first movie focuses on how they are challenging each other and try to understand what each one feels, which is something complex in both their worlds. Who they are, what they want…but eventually they know they were meant for each other. In this second film, they accept that it is love, something undeniable and very fierce. I think they become one, they would do anything to protect the relationship…and each other. New things come.

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New BTS Photos of Dakota Johnson for Vanity Fair + Makeup Artists Talks About Working with Dakota!

Check out the new behind the scenes photos of Dakota Johnson poses for Vanity Fair 2017. Pati Dubroff and Mark Townsend who works with Vanity Fair talk about working with Dakota Johnson on the set of the photoshooting.

Pati Dubroff on Natalie Portman and Dakota Johnson

Number of V.F. Hollywood covers: My first was in 2002, and this makes it my fifth time! Secret makeup weapon: For both ladies, I prepped the skin with Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Masks by 111 Skin and also used my handy facial-massage tools.

Secret weapon in general: Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter pens for luminous brightness around eye area.

Favorite features on the stars: [For] Natalie, who is fiercely intelligent and politically aware, I love to enhance her golden-brown eyes with a tiny flick of liner on outer corners. Playing with bronze and golden tones can really bring out the gold in her eyes. Dakota is this delicious combination of sweet and badass, and it’s all about her lips—giving them subtle definition with a shade close to her natural lip tone.

Mark Townsend on Dakota Johnson

Number of V.F. Hollywood covers: I’ve assisted on many of the Hollywood covers in the late 90s, but this is my first Hollywood cover on my own.

Secret hair weapon: It’s no secret—I can’t go a day without Dove Dry Shampoo, for volume. It’s the only product I used on her hair for the cover shoot!

Secret weapon in general: I am able to achieve such great texture and movement in the hair with R Sessions Pro Tools Tidal Waver. It’s a double-barreled iron that creates loose bends in the hair.

Favorite features on the star: Every day I work with Dakota Johnson is my favorite day!

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