Monday, November 9, 2009

Dakota Fanning a Teen Vogue cover story

Dakota Fanning, playing Jane in New Moon, is a Teen Vogue cover story.

Certainly, Dakota's role in the Twilight sequel didn't seem to present too much of an acting challenge. As Jane, a pint-size Volturi vampire who possesses the power to cause pain without even touching her victims, she "kind of just looked at people." Asked how she prepared, Dakota laughs. "I wasn't in my mirror like Zoolander, doing the Blue Steel!" she says. "The red contacts were enough." The actress was drawn to the project for pretty much the same reason any teen would be: It sounded like fun. "I read all four Twilight books in one week. It's such a phenomenon, and I wanted to be able to say that I was a part of it."

Making New Moon also gave Dakota a chance to get to know Kristen Stewart before they started shooting the upcoming Runaways biopic. "We became really close," Dakota says, "like we'd known each other for our whole lives. We talk all the time." Their off-set friendship added a layer of peculiarity to the proceedings on the New Moon set—"I've never been such an evil character, and because I do know Kristen so well, being mean to her was really weird. It's like, Sorry, dude!" But the chemistry came in handy when Dakota and Kristen played punk rockers Cherie Currie (the Runaways' lead singer) and Joan Jett. "The relationship that Joan and Cherie have in the script is kind of the one that Kristen and I have in real life," Dakota says—although, she clarifies, "minus the destructive part." (In an e-mail from the Eclipse set, Kristen effusively praises her costar, writing, "Dakota is one of the most consistently moving actors I have ever worked with. I'm always better with her.")

Full article here.

See more photos from Dakota's Teen Vogue photo shoot here.

And here's a video about the cover shoot:

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