Listen to the interview video of Dakota Johnson promoting ‘Black Mass’ & ‘A Bigger Splash’ movies during NBC ‘The Today Show’ on September 10, 2015.
Finally we get to see Dakota Johnson in ‘A Bigger Splash’ in motion! Take a first peek of the film!
Below is an excerpt from the interview where Jamie talks about Dakota while filming Fifty Shades of Grey.
No doubt an important set piece during the film’s production, Dornan admits he took the opportunity to spend quite some time in Christian’s Red Room – all in the name of immersing himself in the character.
“I did want to spend a bit of time in the Red Room, so I was left alone in there a couple of times,” he explained.
“It was really important that Dakota (Johnson, who plays Anastasia) hadn’t seen the red room until we shot the first scene in it. That’s how we did it – we open the door and turn on the lights and that was legitimately the first time that Dakota saw the room – I think that’s really important.”
Of his Fifty Shades co-star, he added: “Dakota is great fun, I consider myself to be funny I guess, which I probably shouldn’t, but we have a thing where we will try to outdo each other sometimes with humour.
“I think that kind of essential going into a job where there are scenes that are quite intense. You need to have that humour to appease the situation.
“And she is also very professional, so when it mattered we were very much in the game.”
As the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and the granddaughter of Hitchcock’s muse Tippi Hedren, Dakota Johnson was always destined for success. Born in Austin, Texas, the 25 year old beauty spent her youth snapping up modelling jobs, and carving out a career as an actress. In 1999, she appeared in Crazy In Alabama, opposite her mum, and has since starred in the short-lived sitcom Ben & Kate; played the sex-obsessed (see where this is going?) girlfriend of Jason Segal in The Five-Year-Engagement; and had bit parts in The Social Network and 21 Jump Street. In short, she was a million miles away from being a house-hold name, which is why it came as such a shock when she was cast as Anastasia Steele, in what is bound to be one of the most divisive (there were hoards of angry protestors outside the premiere) films of the year: 50 Shades of Grey. It’s been one week since the film’s release and already Dakota Johnson has become the tweet of the town, with half the world commending her for empowering her character and preventing her from becoming a victim (like she is in the book), with the other half condemning her for being in a film that supposedly promotes domestic violence- something which Dakota is quite keen to set right.
Q: How has it been getting used to all the hype surrounding the film?
Dakota: It’s crazy. I don’t think you ever get used to it. If you do then I think you have a serious problem.
Q: E. L. James’ fans, in particular, seem to be quite intense.
Dakota: She’s got some fans. But they’re cool. People are so excited about it and it’s cool to be involved with something that everyone’s so excited about.
Q: Was it challenging being in a film that already had so much hype surrounding it?
Dakota: Yeah. Just because you read a book and everybody has an idea of what the character should be like, what she should look like, what the film should be like. It was an interesting challenge to try and do something creative with it, but also stay true to the book and the fans.
Q: What kind of character traits did you want to emphasise from the book and which did you want to play around with?
Dakota: When I read the book I found humour in it. I found an array of types of people in Anastasia, and I really wanted to amplify the comedic bits, as some relief from the really intense moments. You have to be able to laugh a little because it’s so crazy.
Q: How important was it to you to make Anastasia more empowered than she is in the book?
Dakota: It was really important for both Sam and I to maintain her level of strength and amplify that. She’s a woman of incredible self-worth who goes through something so profound; she goes on this insane journey. She’s not a weak person; I don’t see her as a victim at all. I really wanted people to leave the room feeling a bit empowered.
Q: Would you consider her character a feminist?
I’ve added screen captures of Dakota Johnson on Michael and Kelly Show for her movie, Fifty Shades of Grey movie! Below is the highlights from the interview.
Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson says that it’s probably not appropriate for her famous parents to see her in the movies sex scenes as she “wouldnt want to see them do it”.
Dressed in a fancy red and black dress with bright red lipstick, Johnson appeared on the Live with Kelly and Michael show she was asked if her famous parents, Melanie Griffiths and Don Johnson will see the movie, she said: “You know ive been thinking about it more recently and id love them to see what ive been working on for the past year and a half but i really just don’t think its appropriate at all.”
Then when host Kelly Ripa said that as a mother herself that there are things that parents just do not want to see. Dakota hit back immediately: “”I wouldnt want to see them do it!”
Speaking of her parents, Dakota was then asked if her famous parents discouraged her as a child to get into showbusiness. She said: “I think when i was in high school sort of. They wanted me to study but I was not into it.”
Then told that she looks a lot like her mother she replied: “She is my mother” before adding: “She’s pretty”
Asked what she got up to as a kid with her dad, she said: “I think before i was 9 he taught me how to ride a horse and a motorcycle and to drive a car and shoot a gun!”
The back to the movie, Dakota was asked if she was ever hurt on set because of the rough nature of the sexual scenes she said: “There was some minor bruises and welts and things and i got minor whiplash one day”.
Here are the new videos of Dakota Johnson live from ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’.
I’ve added new interview videos of Dakota Johnson chatted with Monsieur Hollywood for her latest movie, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Check them out!
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan recently posed for USA Today for an interview for their new film, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Check out the interview from USA Today as well as the photoshoots!
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson seem to go together like peanut butter and gasoline.
Put them in front of a TV camera, and they’re awkward. Uneasy. Stiff. Cautious. Guarded.
So do the two leads, who play dominant Christian Grey and submissive Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (in theaters Friday, with select Thursday screenings), detest each other? The answer, from a variety of parties, is no.
“She’s an easy person to get along with. She’s sweet,” says Dornan, who replaced Charlie Hunnam in the role just four weeks before shooting started. “We instantly had a thing. It’s so important, given what we had ahead of us. If we hadn’t liked each other, I wouldn’t have been cast. I got cast because they thought it worked. Dakota and I get on so well. We’re friends now.”
That’s a good thing, given that Dornan spanks, handcuffs and blindfolds Johnson and introduces her to the chamber of titillation (or horrors, depending on your take) known as the S&M “Red Room,” the place where Christian feels most comfortable in his own skin.
For Johnson, who played the wide-eyed college grad wooed by Christian, the scene where Ana is tied to the bed proved the hardest to shoot.