Dakota Johnson joined Kristen Stewart at last night’s Gotham Awards in New York City, and The Lost Daughter actress opted to wear a gorgeous black column gown on the red carpet—one that had striking gold accents. Johnson stepped out in a Schiaparelli dress with a gold chain, lip-adorned halter neck. Johnson wore her hair down and straight, with her blunt signature bangs perfectly styled.
Johnson spoke to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month about how she always knew she wanted to act. Johnson is the daughter of actress Melanie Griffith and her grandmother is actress Tippi Hedren; her father is actor Don Johnson, so it’s very much in the family.
“Acting was always—truly always—what I wanted to do,” Johnson said. “Even when I was so little and I would be on set with my mom, it was a deep craving to do it. I wanted to look at everybody doing their jobs. I couldn’t get enough.”
Johnson first got to act when she was 10, but she didn’t get to do it again until she turned 18 because her parents wanted her to finish high school. “If it were up to me, I would’ve left school,” Johnson recalled. “But my parents wanted me to finish, which was ironic because the first half of my life was traveling and never going to school and being with a tutor. I didn’t go to a full year of school until I was 11, and that was in San Francisco because my dad was filming Nash Bridges.”
She did well there but was pulled out to move back to Los Angeles with her parents; she went on to enroll in four more schools because of her parents’ projects and their moving around. “Maybe it was destabilizing, but I never looked at it that way,” she said. “I was raised by lots of people, my mom and my dad and then stepparents and nannies and tutors and friends and teachers and then friends’ parents and boyfriends’ parents. I wanted to learn from everybody. And I still am like that. I’m grateful to my parents and my crazy life because the only reason I am the way I am is because of how I grew up. And that came with seeing some gnarly things as a kid, having to deal with adult content at a young age and also having a public life at times. But then also on the lighter side of that, things that were really beautiful and privileged and educational and the travel and the art and the artists. It was both: It was dark, dark, dark, dark, and it was light, light, bright lights.”
Johnson said she has no resentment over her parents making her finish high school before acting again: “I’m happy. I think it all goes as it’s supposed to.”
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