Dakota Johnson Success Story
If you don’t believe in miracles, the journey of Dakota Johnson from dimness to the peak of fame as Anastasia Steele in the highly anticipated Hollywood movie Fifty Shades of Grey. A celebrity kid born to superstar parents, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, Johnson is not the same who was given a break because of her connections within the industry. Of course, the privilege of parents’ fame helped her, but it was more of her determination to achieve success that helped her pass through all the struggles of this path.
Dakota Johnson was born with the essence of fame in her blood, in Austin, Texas and started learning dance as a part of her hobby at an early age. She began her modeling career, when she was just 12 by posing for ‘Teen Vogue’ photo shoot with children of other celebrities.
Johnson began her acting career along with Stella Banderas, her half-sister, with Crazy in Alabama (1999), directed her step father, Antonio Banderas. The movie resulted in a failure, followed by which Johnson stepped away from the acting line for almost a decade, but that didn’t divert her from her path of becoming a professional model and actor.
The actress gained recognition in 2006, when she was honored as Miss Golden Globe and performed her duties at the awards ceremony. Dakota Johnson became the first name in the history of Hollywood, to be honored with the second-generation title, after her mother being privileged with the same in 1975. In the same year, she got a break for her modeling career by signing a contract with the IMG Models. She got selected as a model for the Mango Jeans in 2009, after modeling for years.
After completing her high school studies, Johnson started focusing on her acting career, for which, she signed with an esteemed William Morris Agency.
A year of struggle, after her appearance as a model for Mango Jeans, landed Dakota Johnson to a short role in The Social Network, a box-office hit in 2010, which earned nominations for 8 academy awards. This awards buzz helped her earn recognition, followed by various additional roles in movies, including Beastly (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012) and 21 Jump Street (2012).
She also starred a role in a short-lived, yet popular, comedy Ben and Kate, as a TV actor and made a comeback to feature films with titles Theo in 2013 & Date and Switch in 2014. She scored eminent leading roles in several, including Need for Speed opposite Aaron Paul and Cymbeline, in 2014, followed by the highly acclaimed character of Anastasia Steele in the 2015 movie, Fifty Shades of Grey.
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