Dakota Fanning: Psych Major?

Dakota Fanning: Psych Major?

Dakota Fanning chats away on her phone while out and about in New York City late last week.

In a recent interview with The Telegragh, the 18-year-old actress opened up about her latest film, Now is Good, and what she’s really getting into in college.

“I think I really like psychology because my job is all about getting inside another person’s mind and thoughts,” she shared. “And somehow with all of my assignments I end up talking in one way or another about what I do.”

Dakota added about Now is Good: “There are things that she [Tess] sets out to do, a “bucket list” of sorts, but I think a bigger theme of the film is that life just happens. You try to plan things, but sometimes you have no control, and that can actually be pretty great.”

She continued, “Tess does fall in love, and that’s one of the things that drew me to the story, because as a young woman you have dreams of having boyfriends and going to college and meeting someone you want to spend the rest of your life with and having kids and thinking about someone for whom none of these things will happen… that was what took me there.”

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  • Mel_M

    I’ve thought for a long time that this would be a good major for Dakota, and, as I recall, she’s had an interest for awhile. For example, the professional “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM) should be helpful in understanding certain types of roles. Again, real psychopaths are so alien to normal life (much further than most people realize), that some real knowledge would be essential to understanding how to play them. Of course, she also needs to understand more than just the unhealthy among us. Anyway, it’s all about getting more authenticity onto the screen.

    (Dakota’s in good company on this: according to her Wikipedia page, Natalie Portman has a degree in psychology and even co-authored two research papers published in scientific journals. It’s easy to speculate that it helped her in “Black Swan” where her performance (on my very, very short list of really super performances) is full of exquisite psychological subtlety.)

    BTW, my other favorite performances are Jodi Foster in “The Accused”(R)and CharlizeTheron in “Monster”(R).

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