Dakota Fanning

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Dakota Fanning (born February 23, 1994 in Conyers, Georgia) is an American child actress, and is one of the first major stars among the youngest members of Generation Y.


  • At the Empire State Building, I cried in line for 45 minutes because I didn't want to go up. I pulled my visor down, but I loved it once I was up there. I've never been up that high before, so I didn't really know what to expect. And then when I got up there, the view was spectacular! It was really fun!
  • Doing the movies and meeting the people, and I like the stories of the movies. I like names a lot, too. When I do an audition, there is a script and it has a first page that has the names of all the characters. I'm like, "Let me see that real quick, I wanna see what my name is gonna be".
  • ER was one of my favorites. I played a car accident victim who had leukemia. I got to wear a neck brace and nose tubes for the two days I worked.
  • I have always wanted to act ever since I was a little girl. I would put a blanket under my shirt and pretend that I was pregnant. Then, I would go through childbirth.
  • I just feel so blessed to be able to act, because it's unbelievable to work with these great actors that I have worked with and I have all these friends that I've made on sets that I'll have all my life! That's the best part about it!
  • I learned to read at two. I was in a Montessori school and they teach you to read really, really, young!
  • I like everything perfect. Everything has to be neat. My sister is five, and she's more messy than I am! I make my bed every morning, everything's perfect.
  • I never get scared making these kinds of movies because it's all make-believe, but I did cry when I saw the finished version of Man On Fire because it is so sad.
  • I've been a ballerina since I was two, but I've always wanted to be an actress.
  • In the happy scenes there were really fun times! Sean would say really funny stuff because he likes to improv. I would want to laugh, but you are not allowed to do that during the take.
  • It was really, really neat to make the movie because there were mentally challenged actors in the movie. So that was really, really cool to work with them and they were always really happy, and they made everybody really happy on the set too.
  • It's just such an honor to say that I was in something by Steven Spielberg. I feel so blessed I got to meet such great people, and I got to go to a beautiful place, Vancouver, and I had a great time!
  • It's like you can't imagine that you're sitting next to this person. I just did a movie with Denzel Washington, then one with Mike Meyers and Robert De Niro, and you can't imagine that you're actually within range of this person. So it's kinda like, "am I sure I'm not dreaming?"
  • My mom, she is the most unbelievable mom that you could ever have in your entire life and she's always with me on everything! The most I've ever been away from her is two days. I love her more than anybody could ever know!
  • No, not really, it is just like real life. Not everyday you are happy and not everyday you are sad.
  • One of my favorite things about doing movies is that you get to do different things you'd never do in real life.
  • That was really cool. I got to kiss a boy! I was seven and he was ten, and his name is Thomas Curtis. He was the first boy I've ever kissed in my entire life and he was three years older than me!
  • The hardest thing is at the end you have to say good-bye to all these people who you have worked with for so many months. It was really sad not to see them anymore. But you have the parties that you go to and you get to see them, like the premieres and the screenings.
  • The lesson that I hope everyone will learn when they see the movie is that it doesn't matter what car you drive and what apartment or house you live in, or even what you look like on the outside.It just matters what your heart looks like. It's about your ability to love.
  • To work with Robert De Niro was like a dream come true! He's such a nice person to be around, and I learned something from him everyday.
  • We became a vegetarian. But that didn't last very long, because, um, I don't like vegetables. Or salad, nothing like that!
  • When I go home, I play with my baby dolls and strollers and diaper bags, and play with my sister.

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