Many fans were left confused when relative newcomer Dakota Johnson was cast as Anastasia Steele in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation. The actress isn't as well known as some of the popular fan-favorites and doesn't 100% fit the oh-so-sexy character description that British author E. L. James laid out in her erotic, "mommy-porn" novel. But while there are plenty of naysayers taking to the social media site, there are some who are excited that Johnson won the role as Ana.
Here's why we think Dakota will totally nail the role of Anastasia Steele...
1. She has zero shame
Although she's set to appear in plenty of blush-inducing scenes with Jamie Dornan (the kind that would make you scream "AWKWARD" inside if your 'rents were in the room), the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson isn't the slightest bit bothered! Talking about showing off the kind of seduction skills that would certainly make troubled billionaire Christian Grey take notice, the star revealed that "I don't have any problem doing anything... The secret is I have no shame." Filthy!
2. Dakota in Need for Speed = AWESOME!
In Need for Speed, Johnson is that someone special the movie needed for the role of Anita, the girl the movie's hero let get away. Need for Speed director Scott Waugh only had praise for our future Anastastia Steele, saying: "Dakota is the siren we have in this movie. You can't take your eyes off of her when she's on screen. You just get totally sucked into her world and she’s incredible." Oh yeah, and she's more than proved her acting chops in other movies too - at least to the level of an E. L. James movie adaptation - having given critically acclaimed performances in The Social Network and 21 Jump Street.
3. She's, like, TOTALLY sexy
Remember that shoot she did for Elle magazine? It takes a sassy woman to take on the role of Anastasia Steele - which means Dakota Johnson is perfect! Landing the cover of the mag, she looked hotter than ever before and showed the world that she isn't embarrassed to embrace her (very overt) sexuality. That's exactly what we want from someone who's going up against the brooding stare and six-pack of Christian Grey - and his Red Room of Pain!
4. She's taking the role totally seriously
If there's one thing an actress needs in order to get the right balance of crudeness and coy suitable for Anastasia Steele, it's dedication. And surely enough, Dakota ain't short on that! Apart from dying her hair from blonde to a decidedly more smouldering brunette shade, the actress has also been putting her all into working out ("I totally understand now why people exercise, because it kind of f***king feels awesome") and focusing so hard on trying to get to know her college student character that she even discovered Anastasia's boring side ("So it's a lot of reading, which I love. But she's an English major, so that's kind of boring"). Oh yeah, and for her audition, Johnson read a long, sexually explicit monologue from the movie Persona. That's hot.
5. She's not so well known on the Hollywood scene
While Dakota is the daughter of famous parents Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, more well-known actresses like Alexis Bledel, Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev and even Jennifer Lawrence were rumored to be up for the Anastasia Steele role. Bledel will always be seen as Rory from Gilmore Girls. Likewise, the other runners-up are already well-known for their characters in different acting endeavors. Dakota, on the other hand, isn't associated with any one role in particular. Plus, while Ana spends the movie exploring her sexuality, 50 Shades will allow the comedic actress to explore her range in a sexy, dramatic role.
Are you now convinced that Dakota Johnson will make an absolutely sextastic Anastasia Steele? If not, why not? Hit me up in the comment section below!
Don't forget - Fifty Shades of Grey arrives in theaters on February 13, 2015.