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Dakota Johnson says that her father Don Johnson ‘tried to make’ her go to college but she ‘refused’

Dakota Johnson revealed that she always aspired to follow in the footsteps of her famous parents Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.

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In an interview with the Daily Mirrorthe 32-year-old actress explained that she grew up on set watching her parents work and knew that acting was her calling from an early age.

‘I was obsessed. I always wanted to be an actress,’ the Fifty Shades of Gray star said.

Ambition: Dakota Johnson revealed that she always aspired to follow in the footsteps of her famous parents Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.  Seen in 2022

Ambition: Dakota Johnson revealed that she always aspired to follow in the footsteps of her famous parents Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Seen in 2022

She continued, ‘When my parents were on set, I wanted to be on set with them.

‘I just loved movies. I was always watching movies. I still love watching movies and I’m so lucky I get to make movies. I didn’t know any different.’

The performer added, ‘I thought, this is just what my family does.’

Following in their footsteps: In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the 32-year-old actress explained that she grew up on set watching her parents work and knew that acting was her calling from an early age.  Pictured in 2016

Following in their footsteps: In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the 32-year-old actress explained that she grew up on set watching her parents work and knew that acting was her calling from an early age. Pictured in 2016

However, Dakota told the media outlet that her family initially wanted her to try a different path.

‘My dad tried to make me go to college, but I refused,’ she said. ‘I wanted to act and that was that.’

Before rising to Hollywood stardom, Don, 72, was raised in poverty in Wichita, Kansas.

'I was obsessed.  I always wanted to be an actress,' the Fifty Shades of Gray star said.  Dakota and Don seen in 2019

‘I was obsessed. I always wanted to be an actress,’ the Fifty Shades of Gray star said. Dakota and Don seen in 2019

The Miami Vice star enrolled at the University of Kansas as a theater major, but dropped out after a year. He later attended acting school at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.

During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers in March 2021, Don revealed that he cut Dakota off financially when she refused to go to college.

‘The funny thing about her is—we have a rule in the family that, you know, if you stay in school, you get to stay on the payroll,’ he told Seth, 48.

‘So, you go to college, you get to stay on the payroll.

‘Towards the end of high school, I went to her and I said, ‘So, do you want to go visit some colleges?’ Or something like that. And she was like, ‘Oh, no. I’m not going to college.”

Strict: During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers in March 2021, Don revealed that he cut Dakota off financially when she refused to go to college.  Seen in 2016

Strict: During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers in March 2021, Don revealed that he cut Dakota off financially when she refused to go to college. Seen in 2016

He went on to remind his daughter that if she didn’t continue her education she ‘won’t be on the payroll anymore.’

Don said that he asked her how she was going to be able to manage to take care of herself and that she responded: ‘Don’t you worry about it.’

He joked that she defiantly put her fists up as he continued to question her decision, but it all seemed to work out in her favor shortly after.

The actor explained: ‘Three weeks later she had nailed down that part in David Fincher’s The Social Network.’

Don met Melanie, 64, on the set of the 1972 film Harrad Experiment in which he starred alongside her mother Tippi Hedren, 92. At the time, he was 22 and Melanie was 14.

Debut: Dakota landed her first acting role at the age of 10 when she was cast in a small part in the 1999 movie Crazy in Alabama, which starred her mother

Debut: Dakota landed her first acting role at the age of 10 when she was cast in a small part in the 1999 movie Crazy in Alabama, which starred her mother

The pair became engaged on the Working Girl star’s 18th birthday and tied the knot in January 1976.

Though Don and Melanie’s first marriage lasted less than a year, the two reunited in 1989.

Melanie gave birth to Dakota in October of 1989 and the former spouses were married again from 1989 to 1996.

Dakota landed her first acting role at the age of 10 when she was cast in a small part in the 1999 movie Crazy in Alabama, which starred her mother.

Building her career: She played a minor role in David Fincher's 2010 movie The Social Network

Building her career: She played a minor role in David Fincher’s 2010 movie The Social Network

She played a minor role in 2010’s The Social Network and appeared in the 2012 movies 21 Jump Street, Goats and The Five-Year Engagement.

However, Dakota became a household name in her own right when she starred as Anastasia Steele in the wildly popular erotic film trilogy Fifty Shades (2015-2018).

The actress told the Daily Mirror that she was happy that she was not typecast after taking on the lead role in the race series.

She said, ‘There’s not a lot like those kinds of movies, so there hasn’t been a lot of big naked franchises coming my way!

‘If I had known at the time that’s what it was going to be like, I don’t think anyone would’ve done it. It would’ve been like, ‘Oh, this is psychotic.’

Stepping behind the scenes: In 2022, Dakota produced and starred in Cooper Raiff's comedy-drama Cha-Cha Real Smooth

Stepping behind the scenes: In 2022, Dakota produced and starred in Cooper Raiff’s comedy-drama Cha-Cha Real Smooth

‘But I don’t regret it,’ she added. ‘I learn so much on every project. I just hope I get to keep doing this job. I’m not going to steer away from anything.’

Dakota has continued to work steadily over the past few years. In 2015, she appeared in the crime drama Black Mass and the psychological drama A Bigger Splash.

The Austin native also starred in the 2016 romantic comedy How to Be Single, the 2018 supernatural horror film Suspiria, the 2018 thriller Bad Times at the El Royale and the comedy drama The Peanut Butter Falcon.

She won rave reviews in 2021 for her performance in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature directorial debut The Lost Daughter, in which she starred Olivia Colman and alongside Jesse Buckley.

Upcoming project: The star will next be seen in Netflix's updated adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel Persuasion

Upcoming project: The star will next be seen in Netflix’s updated adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Persuasion

In 2022, Dakota produced and starred in Cooper Raiff’s comedy-drama Cha-Cha Real Smooth.

The star will next be seen in Netflix’s updated adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Persuasion.

Dakota told the Daily Mirror that working on Persuasion was ‘wildly fun.’

‘I was drawn to the occasionally modernized language and themes, speaking directly to the audience, and the fact a strong-willed woman remains as much a topic of discussion these days as it was then.’

She added, ‘Doing a Jane Austen film is a dream and there are only a few of them, so I feel incredibly lucky.’

Dakota: 'I just loved movies.  I was always watching movies.  I still love watching movies and I'm so lucky I get to make movies.  I didn't know any different.'  Seen in May 2022

Dakota: ‘I just loved movies. I was always watching movies. I still love watching movies and I’m so lucky I get to make movies. I didn’t know any different.’ Seen in May 2022

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