In October 2008, shocking articles surfaced about how Winged Creatures director Rowan Woods said 13-year-old Dakota was "naughty" on the film set and "intensely jealous" of teen co-star Josh Hutcherson, who had a much larger role in the movie. Woods also allegedly claimed that Dakota purposely turned in a performance below her potential, and many of her scenes were cut as a result. Dakota also apparently got angry when her scenes were not shot first, and she stormed into her trailer without a word to anyone. Woods later released a statement claiming that those opinions were not his, and that Dakota is an "incredible actress and a wonderful person." Woods then went on to say that Dakota's performance will speak for itself when the film is released in theaters.