For the name Dakota Johnson to ring a bell for you, you have to have been a) perpetually plugged into pop culture or b) a huge fangirl of Don Johnson in the '80s (like my mom). Otherwise, you probably have no clue who she is. But you should! She's Don and Melanie Griffith's kiddo, but she's actually not much of a kiddo anymore, as you can plainly tell from this photo taken Tuesday night at the premiere of her dad's new flick, Tarantino's Django Unchained.
In fact, Dakota's now 23 years old! I know -- what?! Where does time go?! Crazy! And although she made her film debut back in 1999's Crazy Alabama and has been consistently cast in movies and TV shows over the past couple of years (she currently stars in the Fox sitcom Ben & Kate), she's still quite a ways off from the household name fame her parents had around her age. But maybe that's all about to change!
After all, she made quite the impression on the red carpet earlier this week. When she stepped out in that bold-colored, sleeveless dress, red lipstick, and classic black hose with patent leather Mary Jane heels, eyebrows were raised. Tongues were clucked. And maybe a star was born?
Given who her parents are, it may have only been a matter of time before she made a splash on the Hollywood scene in a major way. Got cast in a starring role that catapulted her to the top of a marquee. But then again, maybe not. Maybe as the child of two extremely famous people, she would gladly pass on the fame game and prefers to lay low. Either way, there's no denying it. If her red carpet appearance was any indication of what she has to offer the silver screen, she's sure to enjoy movie star success ... should she want it.
Would you like to see Dakota Johnson follow in her famous folks' footsteps?
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