Dakota Johnson Opens Up About How ‘Fifty Shades’ Films Have Shaped Her

Dakota Johnson is about to say goodby to the “Fifty Shades” franchise and now she’s opening up about how the film series has helped to shape her, both as an actress and as a person.

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Speaking to Allure for the magazine’s Feb. 2018 cover story, the 28-year-old spoke about taking on the role of Anastasia Steele.

“Fundamentally, I’m open and warm. At my core, I’m a bleeding heart. But when your life is exposed and when the movie that exposes your life is exposing your emotions and your body, it can be very scary,” Johnson said.

“Throughout this entire experience, I’ve learned that I can expose my heart and my emotions and I can still protect myself. I can still be vulnerable and strong,” she continued. “It’s a constant ebb and flow and a battle and trying to figure out how to have those things coexist within me. That’s what I’m grateful for.”

Johnson also talked about finding solace in work that resonates strongly with her. “I don’t know how to explain it in a way that doesn’t sound hokey, but when I’m on a project, I’m on it for a certain reason, and I’m involved with the people for a reason,” she explained. “It’s always some sort of weird marriage to something that’s happening in my life, or the character has some connection to something that’s going on [in my life].”

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The actress also talked about her working relationship with “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Gaudagnino, who’s 2015 film “A Bigger Splash” featured an acclaimed performance from Johnson.

“We talk almost every day,” she said. “It’s constantly creating and thinking of what we’re going to do next, how we’re going to evolve…what’s the next thing we’re going to try to accomplish?”

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