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Dakota Fanning covers the next issue of Vogue Australia (February 2018). At the moment, I just have the cover and 2 photos from the photoshoot but will add the scans as soon as possible and more photos. Don’t forget to buy the magazine.
TNT’s The Alienist launch last Monday night has averaged 3.1 million total viewers in Live+3 viewing, including nearly 1 million viewers 18-49.
Last Monday’s launch so far has reached a cumulative 13.1M viewers in telecasts last week; TNT claims nearly half of those viewers are new to the network. TNT’s Live+35 multiplatform projection is 16 million viewers. That would make it the network’s most successful launch since 2012, of eight new dramas that have already premiered this season.
The limited series, starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans, is based on Caleb Carr’s 1994 psychological thriller set in 1896 New York City, opening with a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes.
The first episode also counts among its accomplishments a record digital opening for TNT. It generated more than 4 million total minutes watched on TNT’s apps and sites, sparking more than 10 million social engagements. [Source]
Dakota Fanning has always been wise beyond her years. The blond-haired, doe-eyed actress got her first major role at the ripe age of 7 in 2004’s I Am Sam. Her performance as the precocious child of a developmentally challenged father (Sean Penn) earned her a SAG Award nomination the following year, making her the youngest nominee in history.
Now 23, Fanning shows no signs of slowing down. She currently stars as a police secretary on TNT’s period drama The Alienist and has a new film, Please Stand By, about an autistic woman who escapes from her group home to submit her Star Trek script to a Hollywood writing competition, arriving in theaters and on demand today. The latter was something of a-full circle moment for Fanning, as the subject matter paralleled the project that cemented her status as a leading actress. Here, Fanning discusses her new movie, learning to speak Klingon, and the need for female-focused stories.
What drew you to this script? It was so well-written and so moving. [Wendy] had so many quirks: her love of Star Trek, knitting, her dog … there were so many little things that were woven into her. Most importantly, the character didn’t lead with the fact that she was on the autism spectrum. There were so many other things that were more important about her.
In I Am Sam, you played the daughter of a man with a mental handicap. How did it feel to reverse roles? There were definitely some similarities. When we made I Am Sam, there were actors in the film who were developmentally disabled, and in this movie, there were actors on the autism spectrum. I was so thrilled that they were getting the opportunity to be a part of it. I got to know a bunch of them before we started filming, and the first thing I learned [from them] is that everyone on the spectrum is different, so I felt a lot of freedom to make Wendy an individual character—I didn’t base her on anyone in particular.
Read the full cover story from Vogue Australia’s February 2018 issue.
Perhaps it’s just clickbait, but it seems the more you look around, the more you become attuned to actors going method, being overtaken by their roles, getting lost in whatever emotional weight their character carries and their pains. We applaud the actors who go too far, I’m not saying they’re undeserving, but there’s something to be said for those who can take on the complexities of trying roles with a Teflon-like attitude. From age six, Dakota Fanning has been the latter. Whether she’s falling in love, being sexually abused on screen, committing a crime or dealing with death or mental illness, she’ll perform as if she’s lived it, but shrugs it away to the same tune: “It’s pretend.” It begs the question: is Dakota Fanning the most level-headed actress in Hollywood?
It’s just leading up to Christmas when we speak. Having escaped New York for the holidays, she is holed up in her parents’ Los Angeles home. As happens to busy people this time of year, Fanning has come down with a flu that reared its head as soon as she stopped. A sickness, she says she’s been fighting off all year due to pressing schedules, international travel and work. Having spent a good chunk of her last year in Budapest filming her first television series, The Alienist (now screening on Netflix), Fanning is enjoying a moment of down time. This year will see her star in Australian director Ben Lewin’s film Please Stand By (Australian release to be confirmed), make a small appearance in the all-female Ocean’s Eight, and continue her work to get an adaption of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar off the ground.
However, you could say that The Alienist is Fanning’s biggest project to date. The ambitious adaption of the Caleb Carr novel of the same name saw the 23-year-old dive headfirst into a project with a crew of strangers, in a foreign country, no less. “I was really scared before I went,” she admits. “Six months is a big chunk of your life. I didn’t know, nor had I ever met, anyone I was working with, and while I’d been to Budapest before, I didn’t know the city that well.” She lights up, her voice sparkling: “But it was one of the most pleasant surprises of my life. I was so comfortable; I learned to unwind and really enjoyed my life there. I sobbed hysterically when I had to leave!” She laughs. “I was trying to explain it to my mum, who wasn’t able to visit, but she just didn’t get it. She was like: ‘Well, glad you liked it.’” She laughs again.
See Vogue’s exclusive behind-the-scenes video with Dakota Fanning, on the set of the February 2018 cover shoot.
Dakota Fanning sat down with Vogue Australia during our February cover shoot to talk reality television, the last text she sent and her ultimate last supper.
In the video below, Fanning reveals she’s a dedicated Real Housewives fan and even showed us what’s in her handbag. Plus, you won’t want to miss the actor’s clever tips for exiting a party early. [Source]
In The Alienist, Dakota Fanning—Elle’s older sister—stars as a police secretary in the late 1890s helping her male colleagues search for one of New York City’s first serial killers. The TNT series begins January 22. Then January 26, in the movie Please Stand By, Fanning, 23, will play Wendy, a young autistic woman who runs away to enter a writing contest with a Star Trek script she’s written.
What drew you to The Alienist?
Getting to see the birth of psychology and forensics. It wasn’t actually that long ago that people didn’t know about
fingerprints and things.
Your character, Sara, is conflicted about how feminine she can be in a man’s world.
Sara is coming into her femininity and sexuality. She’s someone who’s trying to be taken seriously. She’s constantly trying to prove herself, but she is confident in herself and in her own intelligence.
For a scene in Please Stand By, you had to learn how to talk Klingon.
Yeah, it was so funny. I laughed really hard doing that scene with Patton Oswalt. We had a teacher that recorded all the lines for us so that we could say them phonetically.
You are juggling college simultaneously with your acting career.
I’ve taken at least one class every semester since the beginning. I do a lot of independent studies. I’m just soldiering on and I should be done soon.
In Please Stand By, how did you prepare to play Wendy?
Meeting one person [with autism] means you’ve met one person. Every person on the spectrum has different traits. It gave me this sense of freedom that I could create Wendy and I didn’t have to model her on anything.
Dakota Fanning attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles. Over 200 HQ photos have been added to the gallery.
I have to say that I love this appearance. Dakota looks perfect and also, I think, it is time for Dakota to be at some awards shows and also, she deserves to be nominated for one of the recent movies, so, I hope this happends soon because she is so talented.
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