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Dakota Fanning’s soccer trauma
June 28, 2010, 2:40 am
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Dakota Fanning was left “traumatized” after she scored an own goal in a soccer match.

The 16-year-old actress – who can currently be seen playing evil Volturi vampire in ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ – was picked to be part of the school’s team but admits she wasn’t really a natural player.

She said: “I did play soccer and my team was called the Spice Girls, I was Baby Spice. I was playing in a game one day and I got the ball for the first time and I was so excited and I was running and running.

“There was nobody around me, I was thinking this is an easy game, then I kicked it into the goal and was so excited.

“I turned around and nobody was cheering for me and nobody was proud of me – and I then realized I’d kicked it in the wrong goal – so I quit soccer. I was traumatized!”

Although most of Dakota’s family are keen sportspeople, she says their enthusiasm and talent for it hasn’t rubbed off on her.

She said in an interview on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’: “My mom went to college on a full scholarship for tennis, my dad played minor-league baseball and my grandfather was a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. So before I started acting the plan for me was to be a tennis player – that was the plan for me and my mom had me in tennis classes.

“One day I went to her and told her I really love the outfits but it’s just too hot – it’s just too hot for me to play tennis and I didn’t want to play anymore.”

Dakota Fanning’s evil love
June 10, 2010, 2:59 pm
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Dakota Fanning loves playing an evil character in ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’.

The 16-year-old actress – who portrays cruel vampire Jane in the blood-sucking movie franchise – admits she liked being able to transport herself into a nasty character.

She said: “She definitely takes pleasure in using her power which is inflicting pain on others, which is not a normal thing! So yeah it was cool to get to transform myself into more of an evil character which I haven’t done before.”

The teen star also confesses acting is the only career for her, although she would like to continue with her education alongside film commitments.

She said: “I do want to go to college, I want to be able to act and go to college at the same time. But it is absolutely what I want to do with the rest of my life. I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s what I love.

Dakota Fanning Parties at Prom Night
June 7, 2010, 3:09 pm
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Demi Lovato isn’t the only Hollywood teen dancing it up at Prom this year. Dakota Fanning also recently enjoyed the high school rite of passage.

“[I went with] a group of friends,” the 16-year-old star who plays Volturi member Jane admitted.

“I think you put more effort into getting ready before than actually you spend at the place. But it was so much fun.”

Besides juggling classes at her Los Angeles school and growing her huge movie career, this high school junior also makes time to enjoy extracurricular activities. She worked her way up to the varsity cheerleading squad, and says her teammates and classmates don’t treat her differently for being BFF with Kristen Stewart.

Dakota Fanning Inked By Kat Von D
March 24, 2010, 11:00 am
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“When I was like 11, [my mom] made me sign a contract and it says, ‘I will not ever get a tattoo,’ and it’s like the little X and a line and I had to sign my name….”

Dakota Fanning who holds firm to her “No Tattoo” rule, was still able to walk away with some hot ink.

After some wrangling from host George Lopez, Kat — who Dakota adores — etched a temporary cherry bomb tattoo on the clean-cut child star’s bicep with colored pens. The tat — which should wash off in the next few days — is a tribute to Dakota’s role as rock legend Cherie Currie in her new biopic The Runaways

Is Dakota Fanning Growing Up Too Fast?
March 23, 2010, 3:55 am
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While playing ’70s rocker Cherie Currie in ‘The Runaways,’ Dakota Fanning shot scenes where her character gets high, struts around a stage in a corset and stockings, has sex in a backstage dressing room, and shares an intimate kiss with bandmate Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart). A few months later, Fanning turned 16.

Fanning has made a career of playing girls in extreme situations who have maturity thrust upon them early, from mothering mentally challenged dad Sean Penn when she was just 7 in ‘I Am Sam,’ to playing a 12-year-old rape victim in ‘Hounddog,’ to reenacting the excesses of 15-year-old rock star Currie in ‘Runaways.’ While critics have praised her talent and precocity for years, Fanning keeps pushing the shock envelope with each performance. With the release of her most extreme role yet, observers have been asking if Fanning has grown up too fast.

By all accounts, Fanning lives the normal life of a 16-year-old girl off-screen (well, as normal as can be for a girl who’s been an A-list movie star for most of her short life): she loves horses and dogs and is a member of her high school cheerleading squad. Onscreen, however, she’s faced one trauma after another, including kidnapping, rape, murder and alien invasion, in performances that elicit harrowing emotions while displaying the icy professional aplomb usually associated with much more experienced adult actors.

While promoting ‘The Runaways,’ Fanning has been asked many times whether she’s not too young even to pretend to engage in the kinds of behavior shown in the film. (That the actress was the same age as Currie was when she started with the band doesn’t seem like an excuse.) Fanning’s response is always some variation on what she told Moviefone:

” For me because people have seen me grow up since I was six, I think people feel like they own a part of me in a way. That’s completely understandable because now I’m 16, so it’s been 10 years from when I was a little girl. I’m not grown up yet but I’m a lot older, and I think sometimes people don’t want to see you in certain positions. But you have to understand I’m an actress and I’m going to do all different things and it’s not me personally. It’s just a movie and it’s just acting. I’m not too good to be in that position because so many young girls are in worse positions than what I could do in a movie.”