Dakota got a haircut! Or a wig? (It might be a wig.) Whatever it is, it looks cute on her head, though it may also render her somewhat unrecognizable. (I kinda thought this was young Dana Delaney.) I have a fondness for Dakota — thanks, in part to my much beloved and very short-lived Ben and Kate, which this profile completely ignores. She is generally much better in any part she plays than I expect her to be — for example, she was pretty good in Fifty Shades of Grey, while Jamie Dornan (who we know can act from other projects) was as wooden as a stake, to use an insult once wielded at Keanu Reeves’s performance in Dracula – and there is something about her that feels friendly. Which is a nice change.
The profile is classic Vogue — the word “normcore” is used; there is a literal cameo from a tiger — but she’s very tongue-in-cheek in it in a way I enjoyed. To wit:
Johnson ended a relationship with Matthew Hitt, a model and the lead singer of the band the Drowners, last spring. “Shit happens,” she says. “I think I’m a little bit heartbroken all the time, even when I’m in a happy relationship. I don’t do casual very well, and my feelings, even the good ones, get so intense that they hurt.” For the present, Johnson is on her own. Enough said. “Can we make things really juicy? Can we say that I’m taking this time to explore my bisexuality? Or that I have given myself to the Lord following the release of my sexually explicit trifecta of films?”
I am sad no one took her crack about entering the nunnery seriously. The People cover story would have been compelling!
In other news, she’s apparently starring in a remake of an Italian horror movie called Suspiria:
The film tells the story of an American ballet student who enrolls in a German dance academy that turns out to be controlled by a coven of witches. Tilda Swinton…plays the academy director.
You can have your Fifty Shades, America! I am at home for a movie about a witch-controlled dance academy run by Swinton. This is the best news I’ve heard all week.
[Cover: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue]