Monday, August 17, 2009

Dakota Fanning: A Classy Character

The New York Times released a photoshoot and interview with New Moon star Dakota Fanning today, and she looks impeccable. One of my favorite things about Dakota is the fact that she is comfortable being a fifteen year old girl; while she continually takes on risky roles, she never seems to be pushing the envelope with her sexuality or trying to be something she's not in her personal life. And she looks incredibly classy and self-possesed because of it.

Dakota Fanning is so self-possessed and so articulate that the only reminder you’re speaking with a 15-year-old and not someone much older is her occasional tendency to giggle when she’s sharing some droll aspect of her life.

Such a life. With the camera running, Fanning has been kidnapped, beaten, covered with live snakes, sexually assaulted and menaced by beings human and not. Under a less constant gaze (though there are always cameras), Fanning attends a rigorous private school in Los Angeles, is a cheerleader and wears a pair of Marni platforms "every single day." We know this because there are photos to prove it; even though the subject is an unnervingly articulate film actress, she is also a teenage girl pleased to exercise the prerogative that states that for a period in one’s life, a particular pair of shoes — or a bag or a boy, for that matter — can be perfect in every respect and should be worn (or phoned) every day.

She doesn’t concern herself with privacy in the traditional sense, figuring that exposure comes with the territory. What she guards is that part of her life that is unseeable. "You have to be able to separate your personal life from playing a character. . . . That’s not your real life." Good thing; next up for her is New Moon, the second film in the Twilight series, in which Fanning takes a fangs-first plunge into the darkness as Jane, a very nasty vampire who functions as a kind of vampire enforcer. She didn’t bother trying to find some redeeming characteristic in Jane, she says. "She’s pretty much evil," Fanning says with a laugh. "Yes, she may feel like she’s just doing her job by torturing people, but that’s evil."

Photos from Just Jared, interview at New York Times.


  1. I just love Dakota Fanning. Her role as Jane is going to be fantastic!

  2. Its hard to believe she's 15, she's more mature than most of Young Hollywood.