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Staff / March 14th, 2017

Film star, fashion influencer and now a Jimmy Choo muse… Dakota Fanning shares her spring/summer style diary with The Telegraph

‘Acting,’ Dakota Fanning recently said, ‘is all I have ever known.’ Now 23, she is already a veteran of the film business, having worked on films almost continuously for the past 17 years.

Since her debut as Sean Penn’s seven-year-old daughter in I Am Sam (2001), she has worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise (playing Cruise’s daughter in War of the Worlds), starred in the Twilight saga, and last year won critical praise for her performance in Ewan McGregor’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel American Pastoral.

Her films have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars, but Dakota herself  has remained out of the gossip columns  – crediting her parents for keeping her level-headed in an industry that is strewn with the wreckage of former child stars.

Born in Georgia, her family moved to  LA when she was six, where she was based until she moved to New York to study at NYU in between films. Her younger sister Elle has also found acting fame, most recently starring opposite Annette Bening in 20th Century Women.

We’ll be seeing a lot of Dakota in coming months: first in the dark, epic Western Brimstone, followed by the hugely anticipated Ocean’s Eight, with Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett. Perhaps most exciting of all, she is working with her close friend Kirsten Dunst on an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar, which she will produce and star in, and Dunst will direct.

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Staff / October 25th, 2016

There’s something dangerous about expectations. They open the door for disappointments, stifle surprises and limit experiences. In the case of Dakota Fanning, expectations dogged her transition from child star to adult actress.

It’s not that people set the bar too high for her; it’s that they want to keep it low. At 22, why hasn’t she gone off the rails yet, as some child actors do? She fields this question in interview after interview.

“I never know how to answer that question,” Fanning said. “Like, ‘Why are you not horrible and crazy?’ I don’t know! I’m not perfect, by any means. I’ve definitely made mistakes or had times where I felt crazy or have done crazy things, for sure, but I guess I’ve just done them where no one has seen me do them.”

Some have tried to offer her an explanation. In a recent Town & Country feature, writer Mickey Rapkin suggested Fanning’s stability “may be because she was always actually a tiny adult.” But Fanning rejects that theory and isn’t interested in reasoning out her personality.

“I don’t feel that way. I don’t. No. I’ve always felt like a little bit of a contradiction, I’ve always felt very young and old at the same time. Mature and, not immature, but I sort of have a young spirit, I think,” she said. “It always just was the way that I was. I wasn’t trying to be mature. That’s why it’s always so hard to talk about—how do you talk about a way that you are? I don’t know how to do that. But I never felt like I had to be anything other than the age that I was.”

Fanning used to think, maybe, that playing dark characters provided her with an outlet to explore bad behavior without engaging in it herself, but even that doesn’t hold up for her anymore.

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Staff / September 4th, 2016

For Glamour’s September issue, we photographed 54 incredible women across America and asked them to define themselves. The results were brilliant, funny, and inspiring—read them all here—and create a stunning portrait of what it is to be a woman in America today. (As our editor-in-chief puts it: “We’re all unicorns.”) Here, Dakota Fanning—who stars in the upcoming movies Brimstone and American Pastoral—talks growing up in the spotlight, her best advice, why it’s OK to be weird.

GLAMOUR: What does it mean to you to be an American woman in 2016?

DAKOTA FANNING: Well, I think that this is a really amazing time for women. Especially in the last year for me, I’ve really been celebrating the female relationships in my life. My best friends are the same friends I’ve had since I was 14 years old. I’m very proud to be a woman—you’re part of a tribe. Automatically, you feel connected to another woman when you meet them. That’s really special. And I’ve started to really realize and feel that. There’s just something you can relate to immediately, even without knowing a woman. It’s an inherent thing, an inherent connection. I’m really appreciating it and valuing that.

GLAMOUR: What’s your best advice for the women reading Glamour?

DF: I think that we have two things going on in the world right now. We have one sort of vibe that’s love who you are, be yourself, love your flaws, embrace your body, embrace your inner beauty, all of that. And then we have another very looks-based thing happening at the same time, you know? My advice would be to go with the “love who you are, embrace yourself” vibe that’s happening right now. It’s hard to remember when you look at a magazine or when you look at pictures of people, and you forget that those people are people like you. They have flaws and insecurities. That’s so easy to forget, even for me, as somebody who’s sometimes in those magazines.

GLAMOUR: You grew up in the spotlight. Do you have any advice for a young actress coming into herself?

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Staff / February 1st, 2013

Dakota Fanning has an inner “badass” persona.

The actress confessed she finds being bad more fun than being a good girl.

The star has a double-sided personality and often stems her true naughty nature in favour of the girl-next-door image she is best known for.

“Yeah, for sure [I can be badass and good-girl]. For me, I’m the person that witnesses someone being rude at a coffee shop and I walk home, like, I should have said, ‘What’s your problem, man?’ You know what I mean? I’m that person. I feel badass in spirit, but overall a good-girl, but badass is trying to come out and when she does it’s like ‘Woah! Where did that come from?'” Dakota laughed to Refinery 29. “You know? I think I’m a mixture of both things.”

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