Fifty Shades Of Grey Star Dakota Johnson Bullied At School Over Parents’ ‘Troubled Marriage’
Dakota Johnson is the name on everyone’s lips after the actress was cast in the big screen version of Fifty Shades of Grey, but the blonde beauty wasn’t always so popular and suffered horribly at the hands of bullies during her school years.
Dakota, who is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Miami Vice star Don Johnson, admitted that attending a Catholic boarding school in her teens was “miserable” as she was teased constantly at the tabloid stories that would surface about her famous parents.
Dakota and mum Melanie attend the New York premiere of Don Jon (Ivan Nikolov/WENN)
“I was just miserable there. It was a great school, but girls in that concentration are so horrific, just horrific,” she has told Elle magazine.
The actress was eventually moved to New Roads School in Santa Monica, California but the bullying only intensified. During her time there she was frequently taunted by students who would bring in magazine clippings of her parents troubles and reported substance abuse.
“I think people, especially the press, like to pick on children of famous people, and I think that’s f**king awful.
“Things get made up. It’s so, so sad. And there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it as a 16 year old. You’re like, ‘What the f**k? Why? What did I do?'”
Eventually the stress of her parent’s troubled marriage forced Dakota to check into rehab; though, she insists it was for therapy, not drug or alcohol issues.
The actress added: “My parents had some problems of their own that put me in a position of having to deal with very grown-up stuff at a very young age. I needed some help with that, therapy-wise.”
Dakota will be seen on the big screen as Anastasia Steele when Fifty Sahdes hits cinemas in February next year. See Dakota and Jamie Dornan’s time on set in the photos below.