Dakota Fanning has been in the film industry since she was 6 years old, but the young actress will take on her first adult role in the upcoming period drama, “Effie.”
The film, which is slated for release in June 2012, follows the disastrous marriage between 19th-century art critic John Ruskin and his young bride Effie Gray. The tumultuous union ended after Effie fell madly in love with young artist John Everett Millais.
“It’s the ultimate bad marriage,” Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, who wrote the screenplay, told the Associated Press. “It happens to be a costume drama, but you could be doing a story with this kind of complexity and oddness in any period.”
Ruskin married Gray in 1848, when he was 29 and she was 19 and according to historians, on their wedding night, something about his bride horrified Ruskin and the union was not consummated. Ruskin claimed it was her personality, but Gray wrote that her husband “had imagined women were quite different to what he saw I was.”
“We’re talking about a girl who is objectified, and then disappoints a man by being real,” director Richard Laxton said. “If that isn’t relevant, I don’t know what is.”
At the time, divorce was illegal and so Gray suffered through the marriage until she fell in love with Millais, who was part of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood – a group of painters whose boldness shocked the Victorian art world.
Dakota Fanning has a career people twice her age dream of, and her friend and costar Kristen Stewart has taken notice. The girls have starred in both the Twilight series and the rock biopic The Runaways, and KStew, 21, chatted about Dakota in the February issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
“We had a few scenes that were crazy intimidating, and maybe once or twice, [Dakota] was like ‘Okay, I have a butterfly in my stomach,’” Kristen said of shooting Runways with her costar. “Meanwhile, I’m hyperventilating! Sometimes I give her shit for being so on the ball.”
As for how Dakota has shot up to superstardom before the age of 20, the actress admitted to Cosmo,
“Since I was young, I’ve always known who I was. I never really had to go through finding who I am. I’ve always felt really secure.”
It must run in the family as the actress’ younger sister Elle Fanning is also making a name for herself in Hollywood.
10 Best Young Famous Actors
The 10 best young famous actors got their start as child stars. They were able to make the leap from child actor to young actor smoothly, which is not easy to accomplish. Some characters they choose to portray are emotionally deep, which can cause audiences to forget the young age of the actor. All of the 10 best young famous actors are extremely talented, and mature in their role choices, which shows their range as an actor.
- Dakota Fanning. In 2001 Fanning got her first mainstream break with her role in “I Am Sam.” She has since become one of the most famous young, professional, and non-troublesome stars in Hollywood. One of the 10 best young famous actors because she has been well known, and respected since a young age.
Dakota Fanning and Emile Hirsch were in Gardnerville today for the filming of a movie “The Motel Life,” based on a novel about two brothers who flee a Reno motel after a fatal hit and run accident.
The film crew took over the J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room on Tuesday morning and set up lights for a scene coming out of the restaurant.
There have been several reports that Fanning was spotted shopping at Target and patronizing the local Starbucks.
Forget about the “Suite Life” twins — we’ve been keeping our ear to the ground, and there’s a good chance that NYU will have some real child stars joining its ranks next year.
Twilight fans can start surreptitiously preparing their iPhone cameras. Following a tour (as reported last spring), sources say that Dakota Fanning has been accepted early to Gallatin, and is expected to enroll next fall.
Additionally, Harry Potter star Emma Watson was spotted touring Gallatin two days in a row last week, accompanied by school administration. Given her modeling career, New York would be a logical fit. Apparently, Brown students say that she’s not on campus anymore. That said, we’re fairly confident that if she decides to leave Providence and the Ivy League, it will have been thanks to Gallatin Bingo.
Given their popularity with tweens and teens, we can only begin to imagine how much applications to Gallatin will skyrocket over the next decade. So, enjoy those bingo boards while they’re still a hot commodity!
Misc > Dakota Fanning: Young at Art’s “Most Wanted”
They’re two of the hottest celebrities in Tinseltown, and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are featured in a new art collection by Richard Phillips.
The “New Moon” costars’ portraits are on display in an exhibit called “Most Wanted” at the White Cube Hoxton Squre in London, England.
A spokesperson for the gallery told press, “Richard selected ten of the world’s most instantly recognizable celebrities from the realms of television, cinema and music to create distilled portraits of young, powerful stars exhibiting their rehearsed, red-carpet expressions.”
”Phillips’ two-meter high canvases will line the gallery walls and will depict these famous faces against backdrops, familiar to film premieres and awards ceremonies, which display a variety of luxury brand logos. Each portrait features a bright, multicolor halo – this halo emphasizes the electric stardom of these secular deities while simultaneously flattening their image, melding them into the brands they represent, as if on a trading card.”
The other celebrities represented are Zac Efron, Chace Crawford, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Momsen, Dakota Fanning, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift.