Dakota Johnson in the room with “Madame Web”: «I only live in the present»

«Qwhatever happens in the future we will be ready. And do you know what the beauty of the future is? Which hasn’t happened yet.” says Dakota Johnson in the final lines Madame Web, his latest film based on the Marvel comics character of the same name (in theaters from February 14th).

The actress, 34 years old, who in life is also the partner of Coldplay leader Chris Martin, this time it doesn’t seduce how in the trilogy of Fifty Shades of Gray.

Instead, interpret an ambulance nurse that, at a certain point, mixing clairvoyant powers, mysticism and the multiverse, will save the lives of three girls.

They are played by Julia (Sydney Sweeney), Anya (Isabela Merced) and Mattie (Celeste O’Connor)threatened by a mysterious man.

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Dakota Johnson is a clairvoyant in Madame Web

Dakota Johnson jumps between burning scaffolding, she almost ends up drowned in a river and ventures into the Amazon forest in search of her origins: among superhero films (inserted in the SpiderMan universe) it certainly has an unusual role compared to the past.

«I was really good, apparently. I drove an ambulance. I drove a taxi. I drove everything in the movie, and I did everything except fly through the air and drive a car out of a building. But apart from that, I feel like saying: “Watch out, Tom Cruise”» he tells us from London.

Contemporary Cassandra

Dakota Johnson at the London premiere of “Madame Web” last January (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson and nephew of Tippi Hedren, Alfred Hitchcock’s muse (“My parents got back together for the umpteenth time. One evening, at the end of Saturday Night Live introduced by my mother, my father asked her to marry him again. They must have conceived me then »the star born in 1989 once underlined), she confesses that the part was proposed to her by director SJ Clarkson while she was in London sick with Covid.

«That day it certainly seemed like good news to me to play the role of a superhero» she jokes. «In any case, the idea that it was a film with powerful women immediately seemed interesting to meAnd. And that my character was a heroine who was human and grounded in reality with which to identify. A figure that perhaps is needed in the world »she reflects.

A heroine who is certainly special, however, because she is gifted, as they said, with the power of clairvoyance. A Cassandra (the protagonist is called that, by the way) catapulted into the contemporary world. But that the actress, however, would not like to be in everyday life.

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Dakota Johnson in a scene from Madame Web

«I love to be surprised by life in all its aspects. I wouldn’t like it if they told me right now what will happen from tomorrow onwards. What would be the point of living, I wouldn’t be happy” he comments.

Specifying instead that “his” heroine, Cassandra uses her powers mostly to help others feel better.

Dakota Johnson in the cast is joined by Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor, young actresses who have done their best to emerge.

There twenty-seven year old Sydney Sweeney is certainly among those on the rise; she became known in Italy (and around the world) with the controversial role of Cassie in the series Euphoria (on Sky and Now). And in that of the Gen Z poster girl in The White Lotus.

«I didn’t have to teach them anything, they all seemed to me to be very strong and centered girls, let’s say that perhaps they considered me a loser» he jokes again, widening his blue eyes framed by brown bangs.

Producer for the new generations

Yet the actress invests a lot in the new generations, so much so that she declares that she will increasingly be “behind the camera”.

He has his own production company, TeaTime Pictures, with which he helps young voices find their way in the film industry.

She was a performer and producer of two indie films such as Cha Cha Real Smooth And Am I Ok?.

Two very different projects: in Cha Cha Real Smooth she is the mother of an autistic teenager who becomes friends with a twenty-two-year-old Jewish party host in search of her place in the world.

In Am I Ok? plays one a restless and immature thirty-year-old who discovers herself attracted to her own sex.

«I always knew that I would be an actress, it has always been my dream. I disappointed my parents: they wanted me to go to university to protect myself, but I preferred acting».

Dakota Johnson’s beginnings: from Crazy in Alabama to Madame Web

His first film in 1999, Crazy people in Alabamafilmed it “with the family”: the director was his stepfather Antonio Banderas, the protagonist was his mother Melanie Griffith and the couple’s daughter, Stella, was his sister (“She always cried” – he recalls – with every take shouted by her father).

In 2010 came the role in The Social Network and in 2015 the global success of Fifty Shades of Gray.

Malibu, yoga and meditation

The photograph published in IG stories by Gwyneth Paltrow, in which she is in the company of Dakota Johnson, current girlfriend of her ex-husband Chris Martin. Credit: IG @gwynethpaltrow

In real life Johnson practices yoga and transcendental meditation and lives in Malibu, California, with her partner Chris Martin with whom she has been a couple since 2017.

During a concert in London last October, the Coldplay frontman dedicated the song to her MyUniversewhile she was in the audience.

Recently, however, the singer’s ex-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow published a photo of herself walking, hand in hand in the woods, right with her.

«We are very good friends. I love her so much. She’s a lovely, wonderful person. I know it may sound strange and unconventional, but it’s just the way it is,” the Oscar winner revealed on Instagram.

With Chris Martin they take care of their extended family. He has two teenage children, she has six brothers and sisters. «I don’t want kids to experience tension. You have to be kind, and it’s nice that everyone loves each other and protects each other » she says. Chapeau, then.