Since Fifty Shades, Men Have Been Terrified of Me.They Think I'm Really into That Kind of Thing; DAKOTA JOHNSON STAR OF EROTIC MOVIE SAYS ROLE HAS DOWNSIDE

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Since Fifty Shades, Men Have Been Terrified of Me.They Think I'm Really into That Kind of Thing; DAKOTA JOHNSON STAR OF EROTIC MOVIE SAYS ROLE HAS DOWNSIDE


Byline: JOHN HISCOCK in Los Angeles

THE film was a box-office smash, based on a steamy novel which became a global sensation - but starring in 50 Shades of Grey has done nothing for the lovelife of its leading lady.

Dakota Johnson says her role in the kinky "mummy porn" movie has left men scared to speak to her.

The 26-year-old actress, who bravely took on the role of naive Anastasia Steele, opposite Jamie Dornan's Christian Grey, can't resist a joke when she is asked why she has suddenly become intimidating.

"I don't know why. You tell me," she says. "I think I'm a fairly approachable person."

Referring to the erotic S&M scenes in the movie, she adds: "Some people think this is something I'm interested in, in my private life, which is not the case.

"I'm an actor... I pretend. But I guess it's something that happens with a lot of actors - people think that in real life they are like the characters they play."

Dakota split up with her boyfriend, Welsh singer Matt Hitt, last year, and admits she can feel alone at times.

She says: "My life has changed dramatically. There are times that I feel lonely but then I just watch movies and read books.

"And I'm happy that I have the time to do those things - I cherish my solitude."

While international fame might be new to Dakota, she is actually a third-generation Hollywood star.

Her parents are Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, her stepdad is Antonio Banderas and her grandmother is Tippi Hedren who starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

At I Born in Austin, Texas, she was always destined to be an actress. She says: "I think I spent my entire childhood on film sets.

"We were always watching movies and going to the movies and they were always making movies. I just wanted to make films too."

The Hollywood background helped with her Fifty Shades role - because it stopped her feeling awkwardness around her parents, having seen them in similarly steamy roles.

She says: "There were things I could see that I didn't want to, like watching my parents have sex with other people. And there was a scene where my mom got slapped in the face. I lost my mind. I couldn't deal with that."

Dakota's latest project, romantic comedy How to be Single, isn't quite so heavy. But she admits she's never been a whizz at the dating game.

Before Matt, Dakota was involved with musician Noah Gersh and actor and scientologist Jordan Masterson. But she says: "I haven't really been on a lot of dates. I've only been in long-term relationships."

Would she ever turn to online dating sites? "I can't say that I have ever been tempted," she says. "I've heard stories of people meeting the loves of their lives online and that's great. But it freaks me out."

In How to be Single, Dakota plays a graduate who breaks up with her long-term boyfriend to move to New York and falls for three different men.

Dakota, who lives in the Big Apple, believes it's vital to enjoy being single. …

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