Richard E. Grant feared that Dakota Johnson had a “Paris Hilton element to her character”.
The 65-year-old actor stars alongside Dakota – who is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith – in Netflix’s new drama ‘Persuasion,’ and Richard admits he was pleasantly surprised by his co-star.
He said in the July/August issue of Vanity Fair magazine: “Dakota is very disciplined.
“Given who her parents are, you project an idea of someone coming from that level of privilege. You think she might be – how shall I put it? – there might be a Paris Hilton element to her character. But there wasn’t. Instead, I think what this experience has given her is a great assurance of who she is.”
Richard thinks Dakota proved her toughness in her infamous interview with Ellen DeGeneres, when she questioned the chat show host’s decision not to attend her birthday party.
The actor admitted there was something “incredibly sexy” about Dakota’s attitude.
He explained: “I mean, she’s 32, but she’s got a no-s***-Sherlock approach. And having seen her in that infamous Ellen DeGeneres interview, you know she doesn’t do no prisoners. You don’t mess with Dakota Johnson, and I think that’s incredibly sexy.”
During his infamous interview with Ellen, the Hollywood star corrected the chat show host when she asked why she wasn’t invited to Dakota’s birthday party.
The actress replied, “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen.”
Dakota later explained that Ellen, 64, was invited to the party and didn’t show up.
When asked if that was really the case, Dakota told her, “Ask everyone. Ask Jonathan, your producer.”
Ellen then joked, “Oh yeah, I had that thing. [The party] was probably in Malibu, that’s too far for me.”
Read the full story – “Dakota Johnson on Family, Sexual Agency – and the ‘Psychotic’ making of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’” – by Britt Hennemuth in the July/August issue of Vanity Fair and on VanityFair.com.