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PHOTOS: Dakota Johnson Strips Down for a Fifty Shades of Grey-Inspired Shoot

02/06/2014 at 11:27 AM ET

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Fans may have to wait a year for the release of Fifty Shades of Grey (we know you’ve got your calendar marked for next Feb. 13!), but there have been plenty of teasers to keep everyone excited about what may be the most hotly-anticipated film on the planet. (May we remind you of the first poster featuring Jamie Dornan‘s Christian Grey?) Now, Dakota Jonhson is showing off her sexier side in a new shoot for Elle magazine‘s March issue. And yes, she’s sharing all the details on what it’s like to play Anastasia Steele.

When it comes to filming the super-spicy sex scenes, Johnson has a completely fearless attitude. “I don’t have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame.” And judging by the sexy shots above, she’s totally transitioned into her on-screen alter ego — and has adapted to her rich brunette hue.

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But while many people are curious to see how the book’s notoriously racy scenes will translate to film, Johnson’s having fun figuring out what makes Anastasia tick. “Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes,” Johnson says of the characters. “I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.” She adds that Ana and Christian have a chemical attraction that pulls them together. “It allows both of them to do something that they are completely afraid of.”

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Millie on

Absolutely boring! Worst casting choice EVER! It’s so obvious that they are doing all this PR and marketing to change the fans’ perception of Dakota. The real fans who would have paid money to go see the film, are more than disappointed with Dakota as Ana. This won’t change no matter how many sexy magazine covers they produce over the next 12 months.

krtmom on

She is not sexy or even pretty.

Bee Happy on

I hope that she is ready for it! Lol. Even if I were an actress, I could not act nude. I’m anxious to see it. Really hope that they -the cast- can pull it off.

Macy on

What’s worse than her? That absolute boy-man they chose to play Christian. He’s only sexy if you’re a cougar, or a teen girl. He looks like a stiff wind could blow him over!

Nancytoya on

Not a very pretty girl. Horrible casing choice. So disappointed in the Grey’s cast.

Drew on

She is horrible. Not at all what I pictured Anastasia to be. I’m no l

Drew on

She is horrible. Not at all what I pictured Anastasia to be. I’m no longer excited… Sexy?! Hilariously not!!

Drew on

Safe to say by the looks of her awkward posing she probably can’t act.

Marie on

Oh poo. I think she will make a great Anastasia. Where in the book did it say she was some sex kitten? She was rather dorky and average looking in the book. Give her a chance!

Jay on

She looks uncomfortable and definitely trying too hard. There’s nothing sexy about that.

Dawn S on

I think people are being really critical of this actress and her being cast in the roll. I might be in the minority, but she’s the reason I AM looking forward to seeing the movie (and I love the director choice). I recall the 1st time I noticed her in The Social Network–in such a small role, opposite Justin Timberlake!! She totally held her own, naked, and was really natural. I think she’s a beautiful choice!

Rachel on

Give this girl a chance will you! She might actually be good in the movie and you all will change your minds. She and Jamie look like they have good chemistry and from the photos of them on the set, they look like they get along great.

Back when on

I have no interest in 50 and never read the books. A submissive woman sounds a little degrading.

The pictures of her here look so strained and unsexy.

Jillie on

Sorry no sexy there!

Charli on

I think it will come down to whether she can act or not. I won’t be seeing the movie (the book was enough) but movies are rarely as good as the book.

Megan on

She looks absolutely great!! Here is the Anna after Christian. The confident Anna that tells the architect to stay away from her husband. The confident Anna that goes against Hyde. She will do great in the role!!

Charli on

I think she looks pretty….but I won’t be seeing the movie.

my two cents on

She did a great job in the show Ben & Kate –she can do awkward. Give her a chance…I think it was a great casting choice.

Marko on

She is PERFECT my goood!!!!

Nina on

Woooow she is perfect!

Tiffany on

No where in the book does it describe Ana as being a sex goddess. She’s a plain, average looking girl that trips over her own feet and oh so happens to bite her lip, which a huge turn on for Christian Grey. I don’t necessarily agree with her casting but I’m not gonna knock her before I’ve even seen it. I’ll keep an open mind, unlike some folks on here.

Mariana on

She looks very pretty and EL James has approved the cast, so we must have faith in the film, I love the books and I think that Dakota and Jamie has a great chemistry, hope to see very soon.
Finally Anastasia is Not a sexy girl on the book, is a pretty girl and this is what we see in this photos. Jamie is perfect as Christian Grey, love him!

Peachy on

Agreed……..poor casting……….

CollegeGirl on

Is it just me or does it in the last picture look like her head doesn’t fit with the way her body is posing. I think anyways that all the photos are terrible, and she looks more like a woman in her menopause trying patheticaly to be sexy than a 20 year old college student. I really hope this isn’t the way she’ll be styled in the movie, the story is really bad so if they can’t even do the sexy part, it’ll be a flop. Also the only way the sex in fsog can be deemed as on the edge, is if you’ve only done it missionary with the lights off.

dee on

OMG YOU GUYS ARE SO RUDE. Grow up. Im pretty sure that all you haters are ‘boring’ and ‘not even pretty’. I think she’s perfect for the part. When i imagined Ana, she fit the picture to the T. Im 17 and i can tell you safely that every girl in high school thinks that shes pretty and perfect for the role. Dont you think she might see these comments? Shut. Your. Trap.

Sara on

Those who still can’t see Ana are blind! Hot pics! Go Dakota!

Mona on

Well, at least she finally read the books! :-) Anyone who’s ever seen an interview with Dakota will notice how heavily photoshopped these pictures are. The producers of FSOG are trying too hard to change the fans’ negative perception of Dakota. They know that they’ve pissed off a lot of people when they cast her. With this Elle shoot they are trying to convince the fans that she is the right choice for Ana. They don’t have big Hollywood names attached to the film and can’t lure people into cinemas with Jamie and Dakota. That’s why they have to rely on the hard-core fans of the books. I assume the next thing they’ll do is convert Jamie into the “new” Robert Pattinson and invent a fake romance between the co-stars, and all the gullible 17-year-olds out there will flock to the cinemas :-)

Page on

She looks good, but seems trying little too hard.

guest on

haha, love reading about “real fans” ™, as opposed to what, fake fans? half fans? people with half a brain that noticed how bad the books were?

Seabot on

Why is this on the front page as what’s making people “Wow” when “Wow” has the least amount of votes?

idkmedia on

Ladies and Gentlemen… cue the three thousand comments from angry housewives in regard to casting once again…

MsKitty on

I feel bad for her. Whoever they casted as Anna, people will be unhappy with the choice. You can’t please everyone, so just accept it. And I can’t believe how rude some of you are, calling her “boring” and “not that pretty.” What if she reads these comments? Some of you really need to find some happiness in life so you’re not so busy tearing down other women.

J on

I read the first book, and I didn’t like it for so many reasons. But I do remember that Ana was not supposed to be sexy or drop-dead gorgeous, but Christian saw something in her. Everyone has a different perspective, and this apparently fits the AUTHOR’S idea. Let Dakota do what she was hired to do, and try to look past the sexy vixen everyone seems to think Ana was, but really was not.

Crissy on

I can’t believe some of these comments. How can anyone say that Dakota isn’t pretty or sexy? She’s a very attractive woman! Sounds like sour apples to me. I wasn’t thrilled with the casting, but will still see the movie. Give the actors a chance! You may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome!

MK on

Im a big fan of the books and was doubtful when I heard of DakotA being cast. Since then, I have seen more pictures, videos, actual set pictures of her and Jaime and she seems to be fitting the role more and more. Is she drop dead gorgeous, No. But she is very uniquely beautiful. In the book Ana was a natural beauty. Yes Christian found her stunning and perfect but she was also awkward and clumsy. Hopefully she can really pull off the acting. She has a good bod, very nice skin and is cute…. I say have faith! I also think Jamie dornan is super hot even if he’s a bit less bulky than I imagined CG to be

rxangelina on

They didn’t need to cast big names or even names any of us have heard of to make this believable. In fact, I think it is a great opportunity for a no-named actor/actress to show everyone what they’ve got!
That said, I won’t lie & say I like who they chose. DJ is similar to her mother – she has the body but little else. But sometimes in Hollywood the body is all that is needed (no, not for this role)! They should’ve gone with what the fans said & chose a new girl, very naive, pretty but not due to makeup & hair (Dakota doesn’t fit this either CASTING DIRECTORS! Her face is long, angular, not pretty naturally IMO – & that is not meant to hurt feelings – it is simply a given).
Christian is to be gorgeous & meticulous. Sorry but Dornan doesn’t do it for me AT ALL. He is too thin, eyebrows too heavy & hanging over his eyes (this is genetic & not able to fix), Irish (how’s he going to play that one off? And WHY SHOULD HE??? Prob only guy that had the chemistry for DJ), etc etc. I could go on & on but don’t want to. It doesn’t matter! I won’t watch this movie bc it’s simply cast WRONG no matter how many pics you put out there of DJ – or photoshop them! Doesn’t get the job done. Period.

Mel on

She was adorable in Ben and Kate. Give her a chance people.


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