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Reprising her role as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, Dakota Johnson seems thrilled to be back for the second instalment of the much-hyped film trilogy. As the daugther of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and the granddaughter of Golden Globe-winning star Tippi Hedren, acting has always been in Dakota's blood.
Warm and friendly, Dakota seems to be finally getting to grips with her superstardom, yet she still finds the concept of having fans 'strange'. The 27-year-old star also admits that the third and final instalment of the movie franchise, Fifty Shades Freed, out next year, will be the last time that she works with co-star Jamie Dornan. "If we did [any more], it would be all about Christian and Ana back together, and why do that to ourselves?" she says.
Jamie, 34, recently rubbished claims that his marriage to wife Amelia Warner, also 34, has suffered after filming steamy sex scenes with Dakota, calling the rumours "disgusting". And it seems that Dakota, too, is rising above the gossip, saying that fellow actress Amelia is "the coolest".
Here, Dakota opens up about her chemestry with Jamie, why she's made her parents promise not to watch her rauchy scenes and what she'll miss most about the Fifty Shades films...
How do you feel about coming back and doing it all over again?
Dakota: The pressure is gone - well, almost gone! We're comfortable, confident in ourselves. People liked what we did in the first movie when everything felt like a risk, everything felt nerve-warcking. How is this going to be received? How will fans take this? So knowing that was covered and ticked off is a big relief.
You an Jamie seem to be really close...
Dakota: It's genuinely one of the fastest, closest friendships I've ever made in my life, just based on the amount of time we've actually known each other. I love Jamie, I trust him and I really couldn't tell you if I could have done this without him.
What's been the best thing about working with Jamie?
Dakota: He's my dream partner and supported me. I've supported him. It's a lot to ask of two people, of two actors, to take on these highly emotional, sexual situations, but I think we've done us proud. He'll be my friend for the rest of my life. I adore him, I adore his wife and his gorgeous babies. They're the most perfect little family unit.
Did you spend a lot of time with his family?
Dakota: That was probably the best part of the shoot, getting to hang out and play with them (Jamie and Amelia have three-year-old daugther Dulce and one-year-old daughter Elva). So cute.