We’re less than a year away from the release Fifty Shades Of Grey, and while we’ve gotten a full cast list and tons of details, the majority of fans still don’t know a ton about the woman who will be toplining the film: Dakota Johnson. So, let’s meet her.

From growing up in a famous family to snagging modeling contracts at a young age, Dakota Johnson was born on October 4, 1989 in Austin, Texas and is a little over 5'7". In just 24 years, she's already lived a hectic and full life that's intersected with show business at least at some level since she made her film debut opposite her mother as a child in 1999's Crazy In Alabama. Regardless of the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey, she should have an extremely bright future ahead of her too thanks to her talent, her beauty and her likability. Plus, I’m not sure I know a single person who thinks Fifty Shades Of Grey won’t at least make a sizable hole in the box office when it’s released in time for Valentine’s Day, 2015.

So, without further ado, here are 10 big things that will help you meet and get to know Dakota Johnson.

Dakota Johnson’s Parents
Her Family Situation Is Weird
Back in the early 1970s, Don Johnson was living with groupie to the stars Pamela Des Barres. He was 22, and it seemed like the two might settle down together. Then, he met Tippie Hedren’s 14-year-old daughter Melanie Griffith, and for some reason, people decided it was OK for them to move in together and start dating. They got engaged when she was 18 and many observers thought they would be Hollywood’s next power couple.

The marriage didn’t even last through the 1976 calendar, but by some miracle, the relationship was rekindled more than a decade later. The two re-married in 1989, this time lasting 7 years before splitting. Dakota was born almost immediately after they reconciled. Both of her parents later re-married, Don Johnson to a Montessori school teacher and Melanie Griffith to Antonio Banderas. Altogether, it’s definitely not the type of thing most of us grew up with, it seems to have all worked out for her.

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