Dakota Fanning started from the early age of seven to start making waves in the movie industry and till date, she is counted among the relevant actresses around. Fanning who always had acting flowing through her veins got her first Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award at the age of eight, for her role in the notable movie ‘I Am Sam’. Dakota didn’t stop there, but was instead, further motivated to make more strides in the very competitive industry. She is not just an actress, Dakota has mastered the art of ballet dancing and playing musical instruments like the piano. Apart from her on-screen endeavors, there is so much to know about this amazing embodiment of talent. Here are lesser known facts about Dakota Fanning.
Bio and Age of Dakota Fanning
She was born on February 23, 1994, to her parents; Heather Joy, her mother and Steven J Fanning, her father, in Conyers, Georgia. She attended Campbell Hal School in California after which she proceeded to New York University. As early as the age of 5, Fanning started taking acting classes and soon appeared in a TV commercial and also got guest roles in medical series ER, The Practice, Crime Scene Investigation – CSI, and other series.
Fanning’s first significant starring role was in I Am Sam where she starred opposite Sean Penn. Her role in the movie had earned her a prestigious title as the youngest person to be nominated for the SAG awards. Her amazing performance in the movie also ushered her into the mainstream platform and she started getting more movie roles. Fanning played the lead child role in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi series Taken in 2012 and got critical acclaim for her performance. In 2003, she appeared in movies like Trapped, Sweet Home Alabama, and Hansel and Gretel, further building her portfolio. In 2004, she made an appearance in the reputable movie Man on Fire and in the following year, she starred in Hide and Seek, opposite Robert De Niro. Also in 2005, she featured alongside Tom Cruise in the movie War of Worlds which was a commercial success.
Fanning was growing from a child to an adult when he started to take up more matured roles. In 2007, she starred in Hounddog where she played a rape victim. However, the movie was not really a success and Fanning’s parents were chastised for allowing their daughter to play such roles of profound abuse.
Also in 2007, she featured in the movie Fragments – Winged Creatures which was a commercial success. In 2009, she starred in Push which did not succeed in the box office. Fanning then appeared in the Twilight series’ second sequel – New Moon. The following year, she featured alongside her friend, Kristen Stewart in the movie The Runways, an autobiography of Cherrie Currie; before she appeared again in the third part of the Twilight Series – Eclipse.
Fanning again featured in the next Twilight production – Breaking Dawn, in 2011 and also landed roles in movies; Now Is Good, The Motel of Life, and Effie. In 2012, she starred in Night Moves and also appeared in the biopic, The Last of Robin Hood. The year 2015 saw her star in Every Secret Thing which was based on Laura Lippman’s 2004 novel. In 2018, she made a cameo appearance in the comedy Ocean’s 8.
Family – Parents, Sister
It is quite ironical that the talented actress has no traces of acting genetically; having been born to a professional tennis player – her mother and a baseball player – her father. Even more perplexing; Dakota’s maternal grandfather, Rick Arrington was a former American football player. So how does it add up that no child of the sportsmen toed the line of their parents or even tried to keep the legacy alive?
Both Dakota and her younger sister Elle Fanning are actresses who have had no ties with sports since childhood. As a matter of fact, Elle featured as the younger version of Dakota in the movie I Am Sam which pushed the latter into the limelight. The duo also co-voiced in the animation My Neighbor Totoro (2004), as on-screen sisters.
Personal Life, Boyfriend
An actress like Dakota Fanning who got famous at a tender age will definitely have some names on her boyfriend list. The talented actress is dating Henry Frye. The couple who started dating in 2017 have made several appearances together, and never seize to serve the paparazzi with some sizzling hot PDA. Fanning is said to have been in a relationship with Jamie Strachan between 2013 to 2016. She also has links with Logan Markley, as well as Tyler James Williams of ‘Everybody Hates Chris’.
Body Measurements – Height, Weight
Fanning is not only facially cute but has also got the right body that suits her profession. She stands at an average height of 5ft 4inches (163 cm), which is very proportional to her weight of 50kg. Dakota and her 32-25-34 body stats, fit into size 6 (US) for her dresses.