She might like to be anonymous but Fifty Shades Of Grey was a must for Dakota Johnson

Ever since her casting was announced in September 2013, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson has been under a lot of scrutiny.

The actress, 25, was relatively unknown when it was confirmed that she’d play naïve student Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of E L James‘ racy novel.

Despite coming from a family of actors – her parents are Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson whilst her stepdad is Antonio Banderas – she’d never quite hit the big time. Dakota was mainly known for having had minor roles in the likes of The Social Network and 21 Jump Street.

Then Fifty Shades came along and catapulted Dakota into the spotlight. She admits that it’s a lot to take in, especially because she’d actually quite like to lead a surprisingly un-showbiz sort of life.

‘I think about my dwindling anonymity,’ she says. ‘And that’s really scary because a very large part of me would be perfectly happy living on a ranch in Colorado and having babies and chickens and horses – which I will do anyway.’

Hmmm, that sounds pretty different to what Dakota gets up to on screen with sexy co-star Jamie Dornan!

The actress might be worried about her increasing stardom but she felt that the chance to play Ana in Fifty Shades was too good to miss.

‘I wanted to be involved because it’s so different,’ says Dakota. ‘And it’s an intense love story.’

We’ll say! The steamy clips of Dakota and Jamie – who plays her on-screen lover Christian Grey – that we’ve seen in the trailer look pretty intense to us.

‘It’s just the most insane thing to be a part of,’ she explains. ‘I’ve never experienced anything like this; I don’t think anyone has. It’s terrifying – and it’s exciting.’

Dakota might struggle to find the anonymity she likes now that Fifty Shades is about to be seen by millions of people all over the world. One place where she used to be able to go under the radar was the UK.

‘My most favourite thing about London is that nobody recognises me,’ says Dakota. ‘It’s really… cool.’

The actress is looking forward to spending some time at home though after Fifty Shades is released and hopes to take a long break.

‘I do a bit of press for Fifty, and then I’m just going to take the rest of the year off,’ she tells Vogue.

‘I want to hang out with my friends. I want to hang out with my family – well, I sometimes want to hang out with my family!’

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