“I haven’t been able to speak truthfully about this”: Dakota Johnson has finally opened the lid on her experience filming the raunchy franchise.
Dakota Johnson talks about the “psychotic” experience she had making the “Fifty Shades” movies.
The 32-year-old actress rose to fame after starring in the Fifty Shades of grey trilogy opposite Jamie Dornan, reports the New York Post†
She revealed in a new cover story for Vanity Fair that she “signed up to do a very different version of the movie we ended up making.”
“I’m a sexual person, and when I’m interested in something, I want to know so much about it,” she said. “That’s why I made those big nude movies.”
But Johnson suggested that the studio, the director, and even the author of the original books, EL James, were all part of the problem.
James — who goes by Erika — had “a lot of creative control all day, every day and she just demanded certain things happen,” Johnson said.
“There were parts of the books that just wouldn’t work in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was incredibly cheesy at times,” she explained. “It wouldn’t work to say it out loud. It was always a struggle.”
Johnson auditioned for the film with a monologue from Ingmar Bergman’s 1996 film Personathinking the movies would be “very special”.
She was cast as Anastasia Steele opposite Charlie Hunnam, 42, as Christian Grey, with… Closer playwright Patrick Marber who revised the script. When Hunnam quit, Johnson said James was so furious that she cut the revised script.
“I was young. I was 23. So it was scary,” Johnson said. “It just got crazy. There were a lot of different disagreements.
“I’ve never been able to speak truthfully about this because you want to promote a movie the right way, and I’m proud of what we’ve finally made and everything is as it should be, but it was tough,” she continued.
When Dornan, 40, replaced Hunnam, director Sam Taylor-Johnson tried to revive Marber’s script.
“We would shoot the movie that Erika wanted to make, and then we’d shoot the movie that we wanted to make,” Johnson said.
Marber’s only scene that came in the first fifty shades movie was the scene where Anastasia and Christian negotiate their sexual contract.
“And it’s the best scene in the whole movie,” she stated.
When asked if she regrets making the trilogy, she replied: “If I had known at the time that it was going to be like this, no one would have done it. It would have been like, ‘Oh, this is psychotic.’ But no, I don’t regret it.”
Johnson also shared that Dornan became “like a brother” to her while on set.
“I love him so, so, so much. And we were really there for each other,” Johnson said. “We really had to trust each other and protect each other.”
Johnson was hesitant to share more, saying: Vanity Fair“There are things I still can’t say because I don’t want to damage anyone’s career and I don’t want to damage anyone’s reputation, but both Jamie and I were treated very well.
“Look, it was great for our careers,” she said. “So great. So lucky. But it was weird. So, so weird.”
In an accompanying video for the Vanity Fair cover story, Johnson discussed her guest role in the 2013 series finale of The office† She had a cameo as Dakota, who replaced Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) on Dunder Mifflin.
“I somehow managed to make it into the series finale of The Office because, of course, I was a fan of The Office,” Johnson said.
She revealed that she felt like she didn’t belong there — even after spending two weeks on set.
“I felt like I was ruining someone’s birthday party when they really didn’t want to invite me — like, they just did it to say, ‘Yeah sure, come on!’ ” she said. “And then I was stuck there.”
Johnson also shared some insight into her private relationship with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
The couple has been dating for five years and she acknowledged that they keep their relationship calm due to their blended family. Martin, 45, has two teenagers with his ex, Gwyneth Paltrow, 49.
“Maybe I think differently about relationships because I grew up in my family,” says Johnson, the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith, 64, and Don Johnson, 72, and one of seven half-siblings.
“It’s better to be nice, and it’s also really nice that everyone really loves each other and has each other’s backs,” she added.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.