As I was reading excerpts from this Glamour UK interview with Dakota Johnson, it occurred to me that the quotes could actually be sexy… if only they were being said by someone else entirely. Like, if this was Michael Fassbender or (God help me) Benedict Cumberbatch talking about the beauty of sex toys, I would be so into this interview. As it is, I’m just reading these quotes in Dakota’s voice in my head and everything is just so vanilla and unsexy. Dakota covers Glamour UK because she’s promoting Fifty Shades Darker, and she mostly sounds over the whole thing.
She’s ready to put FSOG in the rearview: “It’s not that it has put me off entirely, but I’m ready to do other stuff. And maybe they will be sexy [projects], or maybe they will be the complete opposite. But I do know that I’m ready to move on.”
Whether she has regrets about signing on to these films: “It comes in waves. But this project is not going to be my swan song. It has put my life on a path that I didn’t plan to go down, but I do feel proud of it. And the films have allowed me to do so many different projects and travel so much. In the end, Fifty Shades has plopped me in a world that I really wanted to be in.”
Whether her parents have seen the films: “They haven’t because it’s such a tricky thing. It’s too uncomfortable for them. It’s one thing if a film has one sex scene in it, but with this, a large part of the premise is the arc of their sexual relationship, and I think that’s a little inappropriate for my family to watch.”
She appreciates the world of sex toys now: “Oh some of that stuff is just so beautiful! When we first started on Fifty Shades, that wasn’t a world I was privy to at all, and I soon found out there are all these different tiers. There are some things out there that are really grimy and nasty, and then there are really beautiful, intricate and chic toys. Actually, whole aspects of the BDSM world are truly beautiful.”
I like the balance that she finds when describing a franchise that made her a huge star and yet the franchise is not really something to be proud of. She’s happy that FSOG “plopped” her into a world where she’s getting better scripts. But she’s not happy about the fact that she’s pretty much always going to be identified with this terrible character. As for the rest of it… I like that Dakota strives to be sex-positive. She isn’t out here, judging the BDSM community for their kinks.
Photos courtesy of WENN, cover courtesy of Glamour UK.