The former child actress, Dakota Fanning, just turned 20 years of age recently. She is definitely on top of her game.
Dakota Fanning recently came out with several stories and facts about her life. She remarked how when she was a little child, she and her mom came to agree on a mutual decision regarding moving to Los Angeles to work in the movies.
It's hard to explain to someone who didn't know me as a child," she told Town and Country magazine. "But even before I started working—when I was two, three, four, five—I was an exceptionally mature child. I just was. And my mom and I were able to have conversations like, 'Do you want to go to California and go to auditions for commercials and TV shows? Is that something you want to do?' And I was like, 'Yeah, let's give it a try.' "
And according to her she has never looked back. Both of her parents have supported her through thick and thin. They may have pushed her a little, as all parents do, but they never forced her to do anything against her wishes.
She was brought up in an ideal manner and never lacked anything in life. She had a very peaceful childhood indeed despite the movie shooting schedules she had to fulfill.
Her sister Elle too is an actor and fashion model. She laughed unconsciously as she gave her recent interview. Dakota Fanning was very mature way before she entered her teens. She had a stable and sensible personality.
"Because people saw me grow up, there’s this weird sort of ownership that they feel for me and that is... difficult. Because it’s not real; it’s in their minds. People don’t know me as much as they think they do," she said. "I’ll be walking down the street and someone will say hello, and I’ll go, ‘Oh, hi!’ I’ll think I must know this person if they said hello, but then you realize, you don’t know them."
There was the Dakota Fanning Show which portrayed her as somewhat of a brat. But in real life she is absolutely different from a recidivist kid. In her general acting chops, Dakota is tops.
She never gets misled. You could compare her to anyone except bad girls like Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes and Drew Barrymore. She is a sober girl that never chose the rehab path to begin with.
She has always been a good girl like Brooke Shields or Britney Spears, before the southern pop princess went crazy. Her role in Hounddog where she undergoes a rape scene came under fire from various conservative and traditional quarters.
Yet Dakota and her parents are adamant that it was a necessary role that portrayed the pain of sexual assault felt by so many other victims.
Fanning furthermore said that even if she and her sister had chosen sports instead of acting, their parents would still have supported them all way till the end.
"If we had been tennis players, our mother would have done the same things," Fanning says. "I know she secretly watches tennis players and thinks, 'Oh, I wish they were my daughters.' But I didn't have the talent."
Now that shows class and a firm sense of balance among both parental figures and the children to boot. Although Fanning is a actress herself, she does not want her kids to become actors.
"The only reason I wouldn't is that I know how much work it took from my mom: driving me to auditions every day all over the city, making sure I had the right thing to wear," she says. "I am the person I am because my mom put that energy into me to make sure that I was not going crazy and that people weren't taking advantage of me. I plan on having a career, so if I couldn't dedicate that time to my children, I wouldn't."