The 24-year-old got her big break last year when she was cast as the naive Anastasia Steele in the Hollywood adaptation of the naughty best seller Fifty Shades of Grey. And now she's opening up about the secrets of her success.
"I don't have any problem doing anything," she said. "The secret is that I have no shame."
Well, that's a relief, because the BDSM-themed erotica is definitely capable of making even the most adventurous women's cheeks turn fifty shades of red!
The lack of shame must run in the family. When Dakota was cast in the naughty flick, many criticized her mom, Melanie Griffith, for expressing her pride in her daughter despite the film's risqué nature.
My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades!!! Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama— Melanie Griffith (@MelanieGriffith) September 2, 2013
My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades!!! Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama
Another reason Dakota may be comfortable with the sometimes X-rated themes in the film is because, to her, the movie is more about the relationship than the sex.
“Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes,” she told Elle, which is featuring the brunette bombshell on the cover of their March issue. “I think there’s a park of a woman that wans to be the thing that breaks down a man down.”
Well, if nothing else—fans can at least rest assured knowing that the star of the film is a fan of the series!
In November, the book’s author, E.L. James, opened up to Entertainment Weekly about her hesitations with the movie and her fears about disappointing the book’s dedicated fan base.
“I’ve been terrified form the moment I published the book,” she admitted. “You don’t expect this kind of success. Even now it floors me. My only ambition for the books was to see them in bookstores. This is huge. And there is this passionate fandom; we need to get this right for them.”
Opposite Dakota, Fifty Shades of Grey will star Jamie Dornan as the elusive Mr. Christian Grey. The movie is currently filming in Vancouver, and is set to hit theaters on Valentines Day 2015