Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Dakota Fanning: I forget I'm famous

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning assumes she must have met everyone who approaches her before, not comprehending that they're fans.

The 20-year-old actress has been in the spotlight since appearing in I Am Sam when she was just seven, which earned her several accolades including a Young Artist Award. Over a decade later Dakota has starred in many big movies, but still can't get her head around fans approaching her in the street.

"Yeah, it’s always odd for people to recognise me. When people come up to me and say, 'Hey, how are you?!,' I think, oh my God, I must know them from somewhere!" she laughed to screen writer and director Naomi Foner during an interview for New York Daily News. "So I’m like, 'Hi, I’m good!' Even though it’s been happening for a long time, my go-to response is never, 'Ohh , they recognise me!'"

Dakota currently stars in Naomi's movie Very Good Girls alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Demi Moore. The film follows two female friends who make a pact to lose their virginity during the summer after high school, but find themselves torn when they fall for the same man.

The blonde actress enjoys taking on a variety of roles and always finds some way of relating to her onscreen alter ego.

"Everyone has a little bit of everything in them, whether it’s good or bad, wounded or broken, or whatever," Dakota added. "I think there’s no character that isn’t complicated in some way. Any character that’s kind of straightforward is boring."

Away from the camera Dakota keeps herself to herself, avoiding social media. She believes those who rely on technology are more at risk of missing opportunities in front of them.

"Yeah, I don’t have a Twitter, Facebook or anything - and I’m perfectly happy with that," she smiled. "Obviously lots of people do, but sometimes I think you can become engrossed in that world as the real world passes you by. People on their phones all the time is a pet peeve of mine in real life."

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