Dakota Mayi Johnson is an American actress and model.
Dakota Mayi Johnson (born October 4, 1989) is an American actress and model. She had a small role on The Social Network (2010) and in 2015 Johnson had her first lead role as Anastasia Steele in the film series Fifty Shades (2015–2018). She received a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination in 2016.
Johnson became interested in modeling at the age of 12 after a photoshoot with other celebrity kids for Teen Vogue, and later earned a modeling income while attending high school in Santa Monica. She struggled with depression around age 14 and entered rehab in 2007.
Johnson’s breakthrough came when she played Anastasia “Ana” Steele in the romantic erotic drama Fifty Shades of Gray, and won the role over Lucy Hale, Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Danielle Panabaker, and Shailene Woodley.
Dakota Mayi Johnson is the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. At the time of his birth, his father was filming The Hot Spot in Texas. Her maternal grandparents are publicity director and former child actor Peter Griffith and actress Tippi Hedren, and she is the niece of actress Tracy Griffith and decorator Clay A. Griffin. Her former stepfather is actor Antonio Banderas.
In 2020, Johnson endorsed the American “defund the police” movement.