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American New Wave 25: Dakota Johnson

We’ll soon see if acting is indeed in Dakota Johnson’s blood. Her patriarch entourage includes Antonio Banderas and if she ever wants to do television she can ask her father Don Johnson for cues, but when your grandmother is named Tippi Hedren, your mother is Melanie Griffith, I guess your choice in career paths is predestined.

We’ll soon see if acting is indeed in Dakota Johnson‘s blood. Her patriarch entourage includes Antonio Banderas and if she ever wants to do television she can ask her father Don Johnson for cues, but when your grandmother is named Tippi Hedren, your mother is Melanie Griffith, I guess your choice in career paths is predestined. After playing alongside her mother in 1999’s Crazy in Alabama and not touching film for a good decade, now she is taking on a range of supporting and lead parts that could push her towards an indie actress career with the occasional paycheck roles on the side. 

American New Wave 25: Dakota Johnson IONCINEMA.com

Commencing in October, we’ll see her in David Fincher’s The Social Network and 2011 becomes her break out year. The filmography for Dakota includes the tween friendly part in Daniel Barnz’s Beastly, with a better range of parts to be found in So Yong Kim’s For Ellen and Larry Clark’s Savage Innocent.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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