September 21, 2012
‘I never really thought of myself as a child star,’ says Dakota Fanning, swishing confidently to the sofa on heels the height of Smartie tubes and crossing her black-clad daddy long legs comfortably. ‘I’ve always been told I’m mature for my age – even before I started working. I hit a lot of typical childhood milestones early. Like I started walking at eight months old and I could read by the age of two. So I’ve always been kind of ahead.’
Other childhood milestones were rather less typical. At five, she appeared in her first TV commercial; at six, she played the young Ally McBeal; at seven, she was the youngest ever actress to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award, getting the nod for her role in I Am Sam as the daughter of a mentally challenged Sean Penn. By the age of 11, she’d co-starred with Tom Cruise (War Of The Worlds), Denzel Washington (Man On Fire) and Robert De Niro (Hide And Seek), and her movies had collectively grossed $600million. And by the grand old age of 12, she was invited to become the youngest ever life member of the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences, meaning she is one of the powerful elite of 1,205 actors who get to vote for the Oscars.
‘A ludicrously precocious talent with a long and distinguished career,’ is how Ol Parker, director of her latest film, Now Is Good, only half-jokingly describes her. The movie is Fanning’s 27th (if you count her animation voice work). Based on Jenny Downham’s bestselling British tear-jerker, it casts Fanning as a 17-year-old girl who puts her life on fast- forward when she is diagnosed with leukaemia.
‘I was excited to play a British person and do the accent and everything – that’s a huge challenge,’ she says, widening her already anime-scale cartoon eyes. ‘It’s something Americans get quite nervous about.’
That she nails the accent is no surprise. She may be only 18 but Fanning is an old pro – particularly at press interviews. Everything and everyone is ‘cool’ or ‘exciting’ or ‘wonderful’. She had, she tells me smilingly, a very happy childhood.
‘When I wasn’t working, I led a very average life,’ she says. ‘I’d just, like, play with my sister [Elle, also an actress] at home.’ And, of course, she loves her job.
Her butter-wouldn’t-melt answers smack of years of studio media training but maybe she’s really just like that. An enthusiastic cheerleader at high school, where she was homecoming queen, LA-raised Fanning seems as super-sunny as her ‘best friend’ Kristen Stewart looks sullen. And it’s only when I ask how K-Stew’s recent ‘problems’ – her affair and subsequent high-profile break-up with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson – affected her that Fanning’s composure falters.
‘I find it sad that people take such an interest in other people’s pain,’ she says, angrily digging between the sofa cushions. ‘People go: “Oh, but you put yourself out there.” Actually you don’t. You put yourself out there in the films that you do but that doesn’t mean your pharmacy receipts should be analysed.’
The BFFs have starred in three of the Twilight films together (Fanning plays a sadistic vampire called Jane) but cemented their friendship on The Runaways (2010), a biopic of the world’s first all-female rock band that required Fanning to parade around in jail-bait underwear and have sex with Stewart’s smouldering Joan Jett (they were nominated for an MTV Best Kiss Award).
‘You’re approaching it like an actor, so it’s like…’ she slaps her hands, workmanlike, on her thighs, ‘…here we go. Then after, when you’re back to yourselves, it’s like: “Whoa, we did that?” Like, that’s kind of weird.’
I ask Fanning if that was her ‘f*** you, I’m not that cute little Cat In The Hat girl anymore’ statement. Her answer is character istically bland. ‘I obviously thought it would be an opportunity to portray myself in a different way,’ she says.
However, there’s a definite minxy side to Fanning that comes out when I probe her about Marc Jacobs’s Oh, Lola!, whose ad – featuring Fanning with a big pink bottle of perfume between her thighs – was banned in Britain as being ‘seen to sexualise a child’. Fanning collapses into giggles. ‘All my friends were like, OMG, you’re corrupting the youth of Britain!’ she laughs. ‘I was like, I really doubt it, it’s like, it was only an ad. But, that’s kind of badass.’
Nice Dakota may be secretly naughty but she’s got no desire to be the next Lindsay Lohan. Partying for her is private. ‘I’m not a homebody or anything – I like to have fun, I just don’t do it in a public setting,’ she says.
She denies she’s got a career strategy but one suspects the NYU student is keeping her acting muscles in training with a slew of smaller, challenging, indie films such as Now Is Good that will avoid her being typecast, until Hollywood is ready to retrieve her as a fully fledged adult A-lister.
And coming from a family of athletes (mum was a pro tennis player), she’s got the drive and commitment to last the course. ‘I never had to do that “finding yourself” thing,’ she explains, matter-of-factly. ‘I always felt like I knew who I was.’
Now Is Good is out now.
Dakota Fanning was born on February 23rd, 1994 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Fanning
February 23rd, 1994
2 + 23 +1+9+9+4 = 48 = her life lesson = A girl on a mission. Doing what she was born to do.
February 23rd, 1994
23 +1+9+9+4 = 46 = her “secret” number = Childhood. Maturity. Growing up. Child star. All grown up.
February 23rd, 1994
2 + 23 +2+0+1+2 = 30 = her personal year (from February 23rd 2012 to February 22nd, 2013) = Clothing. Wardrobe. Fashion. Style. Blessed. Having a lot to be thankful for.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
412621 6155957 54
her path of destiny = 54 = Role-playing. Interviews. Mental agility.
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