California Style: One to Watch

Los Angeles hasn’t produced many homegrown stars as of late, but that’s about to change. Remember Justin Timberlake-as-Sean Parker in a morning-after repartee with a witty Stanford undergrad in The Social Network? That was Dakota Johnson’s breakout film, which she explains in a soft voice, “Could be one of the most amazing experiences I ever have in my life.”

Indeed, it was a strong beginning, but the 22-year-old (who moved from Aspen to L.A. when she was 12) didn’t stop there. She has since appeared in 21 Jump Street, The Five-Year Engagement, the Sundance hit Goats, and is the current face of Japanese retailer Uniqlo and L.A.-based Oliver Peoples. This past spring, Johnson landed the lead role on FOX’s pilot “Ben and Kate,” a comedy about a single mother who works at a bar. She replaced Abby Elliott of “Saturday Night Live” for the part, which was written for a 26-year-old—a gig not even her parents (Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) could have engineered for her.

On her very public upbringing, Johnson says, “I didn’t choose them [my parents]. It can be really difficult. I’ve managed to find some people who treat me like a normal person and give me a shot.” This summer, she’s looking for a new house in either Laurel Canyon or Silverlake and plans to retreat to Griffith and Antonio Banderas’ Aspen ranch to read, hike and watch movies…“You know, normal summer stuff.”

Source: California Style

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