A Deeper Look at Dakota Johnson’s Family Dynamics and Her Past Relationships

Dakota Johnson is the strikingly gorgeous actress and model who experienced an upsurge in her career after starring as Anastasia Steele in the highly successful movie, Fifty Shades of Grey. The film was the culmination of a life dream that began ever since Dakota Johnson caught the acting bug through her family of renowned performers.

Although her career does not place her among Hollywood royalty yet, Dakota’s lineage makes her one. From her parents to extended family and step-family, Johnson is surrounded by Hollywood royalty and this has impacted her career as an actress.

Dissecting Dakota Johnson’s Large Hollywood Family

Having Hollywood parents is not exactly a unique status, however rare it might be relative to the broader population. However, having an entire family of Hollywood stars, now that is different. Dakota Johnson’s Hollywood lineage starts from her maternal grandparents, Peter Griffith and Tippi Hedren.

Her grandfather, Peter, made his name as a child actor who appeared on Broadway. He ended up becoming an American advertising executive. His wife, Tippi, is an actress and a former fashion model. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of her career, which includes popular titles like The Birds and Marnie, both of which were the works of the iconic director Alfred Hitchcock.

Dakota’s mother, Melanie Griffith, is the product of Peter and Tippi’s marriage. She is an Oscar-nominated actress with several credits to her name. Some of her notable works include Body Double, Working Girl, Buffalo Girls, and a few others. Melanie and Dakota’s father, Don Johnson, got married twice, in 1976 and 1989.

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Dakota, her father, Don, mother, Melanie, and grandmother, Tippi: image source

Don Johnson is also an iconic Hollywood actor who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also a producer, director, and singer/songwriter. His most notable role is James Crockett in the 1980s TV show, Miami Vice.

Through her parents’ marriage, Dakota Johnson is also related to Tracy Griffith as her niece. Tracy is an actress and a professional sushi chef with projects like Crazy in Alabama and Fear City in her name. She is also the niece of the production designer, Clay A. Griffin.

Antonio Banderas Used To Be Her Stepfather

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Everywhere Dakota Johnson turns, a family member is firmly rooted in Hollywood. That did not change when her parents’ marriage ended. Her mother, Melanie, was once the wife of the legendary Spanish actor, Antonio Banderas. He is a multi-award-winning performer whose accolades include Tony Award nominations, an Academy Award, and five Golden Globes.

Antonio, known for films like Desperado, Puss in Boots, and The Mask of Zorro, was Dakota’s stepfather between 1996 and 2015.

Other Hollywood step-family members include her stepbrother, Jesse Johnson. Like Dakota Johnson, he is also a young actor who has appeared in projects like Redline, Prey, and Word of Honor.

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How Dakota Johnson’s Family Influenced Her Acting Career

Perhaps if Dakota Johnson hadn’t grown up in a Hollywood family, we wouldn’t have seen her strut her stuff in the Fifty Shades franchise. Although according to Johnson, the family never impressed her to become an actress, the repeated exposure to life as a Hollywood child influenced her decision.

From her childhood, she spent the majority of her time on film sets and barely spent time in one place, with the significant exceptions being Aspen and Woody Creek, Colorado. She started with modelling at the age of 12. Her first job was a group shoot with the children of other celebrities for Teen Vogue. With a steady income coming through modelling, Dakota sought out an acting career, but her parents insisted she complete her high school education.

She did, however, make her film debut in high school. She was in Crazy in Alabama, a film directed by Antonio Banderas, who was her stepfather at the time. He cast her alongside her stepsister, Stella Banderas, to play daughters to their real-life mother, Melanie Griffith. It was a whole family affair but it was enough to give her a good start as a professional actress.

Post-high school, she took acting classes and has now appeared in more than 32 movies and TV shows, with a few projects lined up for the future. Some of her most notable works include the Fifty Shades trilogy, How to Be Single, 21 Jump Street, and Black Mass.

Not only has Dakota Johnson followed in her family’s profession, but she has also caught up with its success. She has more than 14 award nominations to her name, winning at least 10 of them. They include a BAFTA Award, Hollywood Film Awards, Robert Altman Award, and an MTV Movie Award.

Dakota Johnson Also Has a Highly Active Love Life

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Dakota Johnson and Jordan Masterson: image source

The actress is a beautiful woman most men would want to date. She has been in a good number of relationships thus far, some of which involve celebrities in Hollywood.

Her first known relationship was with Jordan Masterson. It lasted between 2011 and 2014. No one knows why they ended their relationship, but Dakota’s infidelity is believed to be the culprit. She reportedly had an affair with Benedict Cumberbatch in 2013. In 2014, after she ended her long-term relationship with Jordan Masterson, she began a relationship with Matthew Hitt.

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Dakota and Matthew Hitt: image source

Matthew Hit is one of the band members of Downers. The pair dated between 2014 and 2016 before calling it quits. After a couple of years of a whirlwind dating life, Dakota stayed out of the dating scene for a while so she could focus entirely on her acting career.

However, in 2017, she met newly divorced Chris Martin – frontman of the music band Coldplay.

Chris Martin (2017 – Present)

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Considering both of them are prominent names in Hollywood, it is anyone’s guess how exactly Dakota and Chris Martin met. However, their relationship first became a public affair in October 2017, when paparazzi spotted them during a dinner run at Sushi Park, Los Angeles. The intimate nature of their interaction sent gossip tabloid tongues wagging.

Two months after several other sightings, multiple inside sources confirmed their relationship. Since December 2017, the couple has become one of the most followed in the industry, and alongside their popularity, their bond grew. Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin have a matching tattoo.

There were rumours of a break up in June 2019, but they got quenched in no time. The couple has remained together ever since.

Emeka Chigozie
Emeka has a keen interest in tech, entertainment, and politics. He likes to stay up to date with global news when he is not thinking about future trends in tech.


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