Dakota Fanning: Instyle UK Cover Girl

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Dakota Fanning glows in white on the December cover of Instyle UK. The 18-year-old – who is in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – talks about acting and defends her friend Kristen Stewart.

On Kristen’s cheating scandal: “Well, I just think that media frenzies like that… Everyone thinks they have the right to, you know, publicize the struggles and sadness and heartbreak and all of that. It’s like, ‘Why do you think you are the authority to judge people’s experiences?’”

On dating: “You know, I’m not the kind of girl or person who really wants boyfriends in my life. I’m also the kind of person… I’m very black and white in what I feel and I don’t wanna be with someone that I don’t foresee spending a long time with.”

On shooting a rape scene when she was 14: “I’ve always been drawn to material that’s more kind of heavy, you know? Whether it be dark or dramatic or sometimes disturbing. And that can be hard to do when people think you’re still a kid.”

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  1. Mel_M

    “On shooting a rape scene when she was 14″

    Not correct.

    “Hounddog” was shot in the summer of 2006 when Dakota was a bright 12 1/2 year old; the movie wasn’t released into theaters until Sept 2008 when she was 14. It marked an abrupt end to her child movies and her superb debut as a heavy-lift dramatic actress. I believed then, and I still believe, that Dakota was mature enough to know exactly what she was doing and I supported her 100%. The rape scene was powerful and beautifully done. Some seemed not to be aware that movies are filmed in pieces and that sound and video pieces can be put together in editing to create a scene. Later, an almost 13 year old Dakota had to explain it: (as I recall) “None of the kids went through anything; it’s called acting.” And so it was. Dakota’s performance as Lewellen was extraordinary and the film, despite some plot-holes, is highly underrated (excellent adult performances too). To make matters worse, Dakota didn’t receive any awards or nominations for her performance.

    Another dark character where Dakota gave a great performance was Emily in “Hide and Seek.” In this performance, it’s clear that the real Dakota never leaks out from the Emily persona — IMO, perfection at 10 years old.

    One of the things great about Dakota is that each new movie gets a new persona. She doesn’t just repeat a trademark film persona. I think Dakota can, as an adult, reach the level of the performances of Jodi Foster in “The Accused,” Charlize Theron in “Monster,” and Natalie Portman in “Black Swan.” (Academy Award performances, but, IMO, it’s not the sex in them that make them so good.)

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