Dakota Johnson strips down for the March 2014 issue of ELLE magazine channeling her alter-ego Anastasia Steele. The sexy twenty-four year-old actress gives us a glimpse as to why she is going to rock the role of leading lady in the highly anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey. Pictures don't lie and neither does that smoldering gaze or the romantic innocence captured in her expression.
The debates still continue online over casting. Can we move on, please? Can we just accept the fact that the movie is nearly completed and give these actors a chance? I know a lot of people are on the fence about Dakota Johnson being cast as Ana Steele, but I am not and I've been on board with her from day one.I still don't understand why so many people say she is "too old" to play the virginal college student who eventually tames the hot as hell, kinky, tormented Billionaire Christian Grey.
Anyway, I guess haters are gonna hate, so let them have their opinions (even if they are wrong).
Moving on... Besides the obvious instant chemistry she has with co-star, Jamie Dornan (oh yes, you can see it from the behind the scene photos, trust me) it all leads back to that scene with Justin Timberlake in The Social Network. The banter displayed between them in that scene alone tells me how Dakota will approach the famous "interview scene" where she meets Mr. Grey for the very first time. I know you noticed it too, and if you didn't watch it again--think about it.
Johnson is featured on the cover posed innocently on her knees, next to a bed of course, wearing a short-sleeve John Galliano mod-inspired dress paired with sexy black Donna Karan sheer thigh-highs and red Manolo Blanik sandals. Her accompanying editorial features her in more seductive poses wearing pieces from Jason Wu, Missoni, Prabal Gurung and, of course, Christian Louboutin.
My favorite picture is of her sweetly pulling up her lace stalkings wearing a beautiful embellished Burberry Prorsum lace trench coat. Just stunning.
Not only that, but I read a few excerpts from her interview and I really like her. She's ballsy and confident--I like that about her. For instance:
Dakota on why she's right for the role of Anastasia Steele: “I don’t have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame.”
We all know that Dakota is a go-getter. She lobbied for the role of Ana Steele from the start, admitting she was intrigued by the character and loved the story. Direct from the mouth's of babes:
Dakota on what interested her most in the movie: “Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes. I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.”
Here's to hoping this editorial calms the storm conjured by the internet trolls and reassures all Fifty Shades fans that Ms. Johnson is/was the only choice for Ana Steele. I know I'll be picking up a copy of the issue when it hits newsstands on February 18th. Will you?