Dakota Johnson’s Famous Parents “Discouraged” Her From Becoming an Actress – Here’s Why

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Dakota Johnson is most well-known for playing Anastasia Steele in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise. The films, which are based on the book series of the same name by E.L. James, marked her breakthrough role as an actress. Since then, she’s led so many other films like “How to be Single,” “Suspiria,” and “The Lost Daughter.” Next up, she’s set to join Sony’s Spider-Man universe as the titular character in “Madame Web.”

Dakota’s success is unsurprising, especially considering her parents are famous actors, themselves. Her father, Don Johnson, has starred in hit TV series like “Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges,” while her mother, Melanie Griffith, rose to fame by appearing in films like “Working Girl,” “Body Double,” and “Something Wild.” Not to mention, Dakota’s grandmother is “The Birds” star Tippi Hedren, and her former stepfather is the award-winning Spanish actor and director Antonio Banderas. That’s right. Acting has always been a part of Dakota’s life.

In a July 2022 interview with the Daily Mail, Dakota said she has never wanted to do anything else but act. “I didn’t know any different,” she said. “I thought, this is just what my family does.” While you may think Dakota’s family may have supported her dreams of becoming an actress, her parents were actually against the idea, at first. Why? Well, it all had to do with them wanting Dakota to live a normal life outside of the spotlight.

If you’re curious to know more, scroll through the slideshow for all of the details about Dakota’s parents and how they reacted to her wanting to follow in their footsteps.

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