Dakota JohnsonUm, okay, have you seen the photo spread from Dakota Johnson's new feature in Elle magazine? I die for it. Total sexiness and total class all rolled into one. The lady just smolders like WHOA. And she ain't just flaunting her sex appeal. Dakota's giving some serious insight into why she was desperate to take on the role of Ana.

While obviously the chance to go toe-to-toe (and other body parts to other body parts) with the likes of a hottie like Jamie Dornan didn't make the job seem less appealing, Dakota signed on for other reasons. She loved the psychology that drives the love story, not just the hot and steamy scenes:

Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes. I think there's a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.

Gotta admit it, she's a much, uh, deeper reader than anyone I know. It's reassuring to know that Ana's being played by someone who recognizes the complexity the role requires. She's probably read Nietzsche so she knows not to look directly into Dornan's abs: When you stare into the abs, the abs stare back. Giggity.

Do you have a favorite photo of Dakota from the shoot?

 

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