Dakota Johnson was officially announced as Anastasia Steele on Sept 2 but the 23 year-old actress has yet to speak candidly about the casting. Leaving fans to wonder what her feelings are on "Fifty Shades of Grey" and her new character. Her step father, Antonio Banderas, gave fans some insight saying Dakota is "very happy" about the film but had some reservations. On Sept 16 Independent Woman published the interview with Banderas.
"She was very happy, very cautious at the same time, because she knows she's got a lot of work to do. It's a movie that's going to be watched by everybody who likes the book, especially women. So let's see."
Johnson may have a lot of work to do but her lack of confidence is very Ana Steele like. She may not have to dig too deep to play the coy, virginal college graduate. During interviews Johnson is very real, coming off as intelligent, playful and humble. Her Nylon video, "NESTING: IN BED WITH DAKOTA JOHNSON" is the perfect example.
Many fans have embraced Dakota Johnson as their Ana Steele. While her hair can be dyed, she already has the understated beauty and personality to bring the character to life. One fan gushed, "I thought she could play Ana when I saw her in the social network.........her voice!!" Another noted "She´s sweet. She has a sweet voice. Dakota will be a good Anastasia."
Little is actually known about Dakota Johnson and her acting ability as she has little experience on the big screen but she has expressed that storytelling is her passion. In an interview with In The Mixx she discussed her reasons for becoming an actress, "The thing that makes me bubble and just like come alive is telling stories and bringing people to life." "Fifty Shades of Grey" is a great story to be told, with rich and dynamic characters that will carry the film. Team fifty likely chose Johnson to play alongside Charlie Hunnam because they felt she could bring that depth. Hunnam himself immediately felt chemistry with the actress and went as far as asking the producer if she was cast when he accepted the role of Christian Grey.