Dakota Fanning

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  • Dakota Fanning: I definitely grew up differently. I mean, I've been working since I was six, and I mean, I have a very different life than other people my age when I'm working, but, I mean, when I come home, it's so normal...I just go home and have a completely normal family that's not involved in the business in any way, except my sister, so I think that it's nice to maintain that, and that helps. So no, I don't think I've grown up faster. I think I've been so lucky to have had the childhood that I had, and seeing so many things, and I've met so many people, and I think my life has only been better because of it.

  • Dakota Fanning: (at age 16) For me, because people have seen me grow up since I was six, I think people feel like they own a part of me in a way. That's completely understandable because now I'm 16, so it's been 10 years from when I was a little girl. I'm not grown up yet, but I'm a lot older, and I think sometimes people don't want to see you in certain positions. But you have to understand I'm an actress, and I'm going to do all different things, and it's not me personally. It's just a movie, and it's just acting...so many young girls are in worse positions than what I could do in a movie.

  • Dakota Fanning: (on emerging into an adult actress) I can't change the speed that I'm growing up at. I know what I was meant to do, and I feel at home.

  • Dakota Fanning: (about child stars growing up too quickly) I'm so blessed in my life. I don't want this time of my life to end, and I don't take anything for granted. I don't want to grow up too fast, so I'm just enjoying every minute of my life.

  • Dakota Fanning: (on rumors that she is becoming a spoiled brat) My parents wouldn't allow me to get above myself – ever. They never pushed me into acting. They just want me to do whatever makes me happy. If I had chosen something else as a career, they would have been just as supportive.

  • Dakota Fanning: (when asked if she regrets not having a normal life) No. What is "normal," anyway? I don't want to be normal. This is my childhood. I've been to Australia, traveled, and learned about different cultures. Some people never leave the country in their entire lifetime. My job has opened my mind up and enriched my childhood. I have friends like anyone else, and I go shopping at the mall and do everything everyone else does.

  • Dakota Fanning: (defending her rape scene in "Hounddog") It's a movie, and it's called acting. What drew me to the film was that my character shows people that you can overcome adversity in life, and it doesn't define you. My character has so many other interests and talents that just because something terrible happened to her doesn't mean she can't have a great life.

  • Dakota Fanning: (about co-starring with Tom Cruise at the age of 10) I was really excited about meeting Tom for the first time, and I remember he was coming out of all this dirt and explosions and black smoke [while filming the movie], and he walked out, and he came over, and he put his hands on my shoulders and said, "We're making War of the Worlds, baby!" It's a story that I will tell my children and grandchildren someday. He made me a better actress.

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  • Dakota was on the cover of April/May 2012 issue of Wonderland magazine.

  • Dakota supports the following charities:
    Alzheimer's Association
    First Star
    Parkinson Society Maritime Region
    Shane's Inspiration
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    Variety Power of Youth

  • Dakota's ad for Marc Jacobs' Oh Lola! perfume was banned from the United Kingdom in the fall of 2011. It was deemed inappropriately sexy.

  • Dakota auditioned for the lead role of teenager Susie Salmon in the 2009 film adaptation for The Lovely Bones, but she lost the part to Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.

  • On October 30, 2009, 15-year-old Dakota was crowned Homecoming Princess at Campbell Hall High School in California. This is where she attended regular high school (she was a junior that year) and participated on the cheerleading squad.

  • In 2009, Dakota won the coveted role as the Volturi vampire Jane in the screen adaptation of New Moon, based on the best selling book written by Stephenie Meyer. She will also appear in the films for the final two books in the series, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Dakota loves the books and claims that she literally read all four of them in a single week.

  • Dakota doesn't like the rehearsal portion of acting. When she is working on a movie, it's always more difficult for her when she knows the camera isn't filming it, because she knows the scene will look and sound so much different, anyway, when it is actually filmed.

  • Dakota is ranked #100 in AIM's "100 Celebs Under 25".

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