Dakota Johnson, full name Dakota Mayi Johnson, born on October 4, 1989, in Austin, Texas, USA, is an American actress and fashion model. Her parents are actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Her film debut was in 1999 along with her mother in a comedy-drama named Crazy in Alabama (1999), and in 2006 she was voted Miss Golden Globe. Although she is an actor by profession, Johnson signed with IMG Models and modeled for MANGO in 2009.
Early Life and Education
Dakota Johnson was born to actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Peter Griffith, an advertising executive, and a child actor is her maternal grandfather while her maternal grandmother is actress Tippi Hedren. Actor Antonio Banderas is her former stepfather. She has six half-siblings – four on her father’s side and two on her mother’s side.
Johnson went to Aspen Community School in Colorado. Later she went to Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California from where she transferred to New Roads School in Santa Monica, California. In her childhood, she was a passionate dancer and was interested in modeling when she was 12 years of age. Dakota did a photo shoot for ‘Teen Vogue’ along with other celebrities’ children in 2004.
After graduating from high school, Johnson came back to pursue her acting career. She acted in a box office hit film The Social Network, directed by David Fincher in 2010. The film got eight Oscar nominations and won three for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Music Score. She also acted in Beastly, Chloe, and Theo by Ezna Sands and For Ellen by So Yong Kim. In 2012, she was cast in Goats by Christopher Neil, The Five-Year Engagement by Nicholas Stoller, and 21 Jump Street. She played the female lead in Chris Nelson’s Date and Switch.
In 2012, Johnson played the role of Kate in the comedy series Ben and Kate on Fox, which was her TV debut. The show was canceled in 2013 after airing the first season. Johnson returned to her films quickly and acted in Need for Speed (2014). She was also cast in Cymbeline, a modern version of William Shakespeare’s work.
Dakota Johnson – Boyfriend
Dakota Johnson previously dated musician Noah Gersh and actor Jordan Masterson. Johnson does not believe in casual dating, which is evident from her list of long-term relationships. Since 2014 she has been in an on/off relationship with model Matthew Hitt.
Salary and Net Worth
For ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, the 1.71 meter tall actress was paid $250,000 along with Jamie Dornan. But considering the movie made more than $550 million at the box office, both actors have had their pay re-negotiated for the sequel that released in 2017. Dakota’s salary raised to a reported seven figure for the sequel ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. The net worth of Dakota Johnson is $5 million.