Look at this little girl, you guys! Out little Dakota Fanning is all grown up. It seems like just yesterday she was everyone’s favorite little actress. Remember I Am Sam? Or how she was little adorable Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama? No doubt, this girl has always had some talent, but that’s not what this is about. No, today, this is about precious Dakota getting her high school diploma and entering into adulthood*. Congratulations!
Do you remember your high school graduation? How proud you felt? How you had to sit between the twin brothers who came after you alphabetically because the principal didn’t trust them not to get in a fight during the ceremony, which you mostly missed because they were arguing over you anyway? Ah, to be young again …
*Really, she enters into adulthood when she turns 18 next February. Don’t perv out just yet, guys.
Who is that easy-breezy Hollywood starlet steppin’ out at LAX? Why it’s little Dakota Fanning, all grown up, lookin’ like a regular ol’ L.A. gal with those carefully torn boyfriend jeans and chunky platforms.
Check out that luggage with the LVs and the Ray-Ban-ish glasses. There’s a girl who truly gets how to incorporate contemporary style into her day-to-day look! Sure, she’s wearing shoes that border on Gaga and the light pink really doesn’t do much for her skin tone, but hey! She’s been famous since she was four and she could buy all of us, so who am I to say anything?
But for real: Aren’t you glad this girl seems kinda normal? Remember when she was coming up and people were like, “Oh, that girl’s going to be CRAZY once she’s older?” Everyone seemed to think that about her and the little dude from The Sixth Sense and only one of them wound up being a total failure.
I don’t know why this disturbs me as much as it does, but whenever I see Dakota Fanning in a TV interview, I’m like, “What. The. Fuck?” Check out her in Kimmel last night talking about taking the ACTs and learning to drive. It’s like, “Yo, weren’t you still a fetus last year?”
I’m sure it’s just because I grew up watching her grow up and because she’s nearly a decade younger than me that I can’t get over it. That being said, I’m sure I’m not the only one. In many ways, the Twilight series were the perfect movies for Dakota to make her transformation from teen-to-woman during. She’s able to keep her life-long fans engaged while not doing something that will completely shock them or turn them off. What I’m wondering is this: What’s the next move for this chick?
I’m thinking her playing a romcom ingenue might be a bit much, but taking a break to concentrate on college doesn’t really seem like D.F.’s style either.
Do you also think it’s kinda bizarre to watch this young girl grow up in front of our eyes, or do I just need to come to terms with the concept of time?
Last night the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) hosted its annual awards ceremony in New York City. As you might expect, the red carpet was kind of fantastic. A billion pics in the gallery below.
Representing: Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexis Bledel, Brooke Shields, Betsey Johnson (and her Botox-lipped daughter, Lulu), Jessica Stam, Doutzen Kroes, Dakota Fanning, David Bowie and Iman, Emilie de Ravin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Mara, Michael Kors, Molly Sims, Rachel Zoe, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Carmen Kass, Anna Wintour and daughter Bee Shaffer, and Michelle Trachtenberg.
I have been waiting for this moment FOREVAH. No one will actually end up seeing this movie (I predict it will be a phenomenal flop), but this red carpet moment is to DIE for.
Kirsten Stewart. Joan Jett. Dakota Fanning. Cherie Currie.
It’s like Kristen and Dakota are these young women who should be incredibly confident with their sexuality on a red carpet and yet are both incredibly awkward with it, and Joan and Cherie are these two older women who should be downplaying their sexuality on a red carpet and yet both are like “LOOK AT MY HALF-NUDE BODY, DON’T YOU WANT TO THROW ME DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND DO COCAINE OFF ME, TAYLOR LAUTNER??”
Also there: Taylor Lautner (duh, Cherie Currie brought him in her left tit because he’s not old enough to drive yet), Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, and, in the coup de grace, Judge Reinhold, for reasons that will remain a mystery (read: he’s Kristen Stewart’s date).
Lastly: If that Dakota Fanning puts on any more weight I’m gonna have to start calling her Dakota Fatting.*
*Kidding, of course. She couldn’t be any thinner. But sometimes I like to rile you guys up. Okay, always.
Meh. I’m not super excited about this. I don’t know what kind of spark I was hoping for with this flick, but I’m not seeing it in the trailer. That said, I think it was a smart choice of film for Dakota Fanning as she navigates the transition from child stardom to adult actress. She gets to play a drug-addicted sex symbol under the guise of it being a very important story. It’s not that she’s posing half-naked on beds and tables just so America won’t think of her as a little girl anymore — she’s doing it to capture the essence of a turning point in rock and in the way the music industry views women. Well-played, Dakota.