Dakota Johnson: I wasn’t looking at Joile during Aniston speech

Dakota Johnson is trying to take all the fun out of Award Season. One of the big stories from the Golden Globes was the header photo of Dakota seemingly trying to gauge Angelina Jolie’s reaction to Jennifer Aniston as she presented with Carole Burnett. It was a hilarious shot because in that moment, Dakota was all of us. Everyone knew both Angelina and Jennifer were conscious to the whole world scrutinizing them and that they would be perfectly professional and courteous. But that didn’t stop me from being glued to the TV, just in case.

Well, now Dakota is setting the record straight that she doesn’t think she was even looking at Angelina in that moment. While on The Tonight Show, she told Jimmy Fallon that what she was really doing was videoing the Stranger Things kids and a possibly sleeping Ridley Scott. Phooey.

Dakota Johnson instantly became the subject of a viral meme after she appeared to glance over at Angelina Jolie during Jennifer Aniston’s speech at the 2018 Golden Globes earlier this month – but the Fifty Shades Darker actress insists she wasn’t being shady.

“Truthfully, I don’t think that I was really looking at her,” Johnson, 28, said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, January 29. “If you look really closely at the angle of my eyes, they’re kind of, like, over here … [looking at] the Stranger Things table. And I really love Stranger Things.”

“The thing that I hate the most is when people are in restaurants or whatever, when they try to take a sneaky picture of you. … So, I did that at the Golden Globes,” Johnson said with a laugh. “Everybody there is a famous person. I was, like, trying to take a video of these kids – but they’re children, I know! I was, like, zooming in and zooming in, but then I also accidentally caught … Ridley Scott was asleep. I think maybe he was just looking at his phone, but it looked like he was asleep.”

In Johnson’s defense, she wasn’t the only person who initially appeared to stare at Jolie, 42, as Aniston, 48, took the stage with Carol Burnett to present the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The 21 Jump Street actress pointed out, “I’m not the only one. [Armie Hammer's wife] Elizabeth [Chambers] is, like, very blatantly looking at her.”

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You can watch a clip of Dakota’s interview here. Dakota doesn’t say outright that she wasn’t looking at Angelina, just that she doesn’t think so. She went to the effort of drawing an imaginary line of her gaze’s trajectory to prove she was looking elsewhere and then threw Elizabeth Chambers and Ridley Scott under the bus to deflect. All that proves – Dakota was totally sneaking a peek at Angelina’s reaction. I think she’s missing an opportunity here to troll everyone. She should own this and say something completely misleading like, “yeah, I turned to Angelina after she made that comment,” and then never tell anyone what the comment was. It would drive people crazy, especially when paired with Chris Hemsworth’s expression in the same shot.

This brings up another point, why didn’t Hemsworth get any questions about this moment? Everyone was so quick to partner him up with Angelina or at the very least, cast him as a match-maker, why didn’t anyone ask him what is going on with that face he was making?

Dakota was on Fallon to promote 50 Shades Freed, which opens February 9th. I only read the first book and haven’t seen any of the films, but everyone just seems so over it on this promotional round. I’m glad they finally get to put this trilogy to bed (yes, that pun was intentional).

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  1. crazydaisy says:

    Dakota looked so beautiful at the GGs, as did Angelina. I wonder if they got along?

  2. Tanguerita says:

    I think it’s pretty obvious from the picture that she was NOT looking at Jolie. Unless she is a secret chameleon, she would have had to turn her head in order to see AJ.

    • V4Real says:

      No, I don’t think she was either but it’s fun to go with yes she was.

      But look at Hemsworth expression. Why does he look like he just said “oh shit.”

  3. Sullivan says:

    I still think Carol Burnett deserved to be up there on her own, sans Aniston.

    • sparrow2 says:

      But, someone had to present Burnett with her well deserved award. I thought JA was a good choice as presenter.

      • LetItGo says:

        I think Aniston was a terrible choice. I know since Aniston’s dramatic film career never took off after her sitcom, she got stuck in bad rom com hell so now she’s trying to pick up the baton of comedienne, but the facts are she was an ensemble player on a sitcom (not even the funniest woman on that show, she ranks behind kudrow and cox imo) known mainly for her hairdo and nippl showing – after that she did really awful romcoms…now she’s trying to do tv again, by riding the Reese Witherspoon tv producing bandwagon.
        It would make more sense to have had a sketch comic- i. E., a real comedic actress present with Burnett- see Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, the list goes on and on.

  4. Clare says:

    It’s so lame that Dakota is even having this conversation – do they really have nothing else to talk about? Come on.

  5. Sansa says:

    She’s so pretty and nice. So she’s just trying to be her nice self.

  6. Tanesha86 says:

    I might be in the minority here but it didn’t look like she was looking at Jolie to me. Armie Hammer’s wife though…🙊

  7. L84Tea says:

    I never thought she was looing at AJ. She’s sitting too far in front of her to actually have AJ in her angle. This is just people seeing what they want to see.

  8. Talie says:

    I always thought she was one of those actors who took herself too seriously, but she was actually fun here…playing along.

  9. SM says:

    I am sorry but the image of Ridley Scott asleep at the awards show is way more funny than trying to preserve the triangle of doom. Overall, all I see is Taika Waititi in the middle of that shot (who does not look too impressed by what is going on in the room). This is all I need to lighten up my day.
    Now let’s see if Ridley Scott comes out and thows someone else in that room under the bus to divert from the fact that he was snoozing at what they like to call “the most fun awards show of the year”.

  10. Nikki says:

    “She should have said something misleading to totally drive everyone crazy” and “They need to put this to bed” . Ha ha ha ha ha ha :) . :) Thanks Hecate, such hilarious writing.

  11. Mia4s says:

    “why didn’t Hemsworth get any questions about this moment?“

    Sarcasm on: Because in Hollywood only women are petty and bitchy and gossipy don’t you know? 😏

  12. truth hurts says:

    I really don’t think anyone gives a hoot except petty people. Jimmy Fallon is friends with Aniston so of course he would bring this into the conversation. Because no one with 20/20 vision would think Dakota was looking at Angelina. That meme started on twitter and like everything else people fell in line. With some idiots vivid imagination and downright ignorance. Dakota is right the other woman is blatantly looking and the funny thing is Angelina is looking like I felt. Who cares and hurry up and sit down, when will this whole gig be over, when is my turn!?
    People need to stop pitting these two women against one another. The media built that whole tired story up before the ceremony as always and it blew up again in their faces except this time the lied and made up fake drama trying to shade Angelina once again.
    My question is did it do Jen any good, what did she get, once again NOTHING.

  13. Wyatt says:

    What was Jennifer Aniston doing when Angelina Jolie was presenting?