Dakota Fanning: I Was An Exceptionally Mature Child

Dakota Fanning: I Was An Exceptionally Mature Child

Dakota Fanning shows off her baby blue eyes on the cover of Town & Country magazine’s August 2014 issue, on newsstands July 8.

Here’s what the 20-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On her mother’s sacrifice: “[My mother] realized I had the potential to do things that were bigger than the life she knew. And she recognized that in Elle, too. When she made that initial move with me to L.A., she completely gave up her own dreams and started over in a place she never imagined living. I mean, Los Angeles, to a person from 20 minutes southeast of Atlanta, might as well be Africa.”

On getting into showbiz so young: “It’s hard to explain to someone who didn’t know me as a child. 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.’”

On privacy: “I’m just never going to parade my personal life. If you choose to not do it, it’s not hard to not do it… Any part of an artistic business is made better by there being a little mystery. That’s what movies are about.”

For more from Dakota, visit TownandCountryMag.com.

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Credit: Daniel Jackson/Town & Country
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  • good-one

    She shows exceptional talent from an early age. She is cute as a bug. She works with really big names. Yet what makes her great is her role as Lewellen in Hounddog (2007), in that she afterwards weathers the firestorm of criticism and the vitriol and scorn heaped upon her and her mom.

    And she comes out the other side, somewhat intact and still kicking. That is art. Doing films with social impact, and withstanding the controversy. Because pablum pictures aren’t necessarily art. They’re safe. And quaint. Sure, not a lot of risk. More artsy-crafty. And they don’t particularly stay in mind.

  • alskmcn

    Dakota Fanning is bellisima.And Elle Fanning is bellisima too.