Thursday, June 30, 2005
Dakota Fanning is an Alien
And I mean this in the best possible way. If she had been my student back in the day when I had students like that, I would have eaten her up with a spoon, I am sure. But there's something about this kid that is positively freaky. On screen she's eerily talented and real, often with this sort of layer of dark colors, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if she eventually did a total Jodie Foster. But what baffles me when I see her on talk shows is that she totally seems to know what's going on and is extremely articulate for an eleven-year-old while at the same time being appropriately giggly and cheerful. So is she just like, some weird kind of acting genius, totally able to compartmentalize her work from her real life, or is there a Dakota Fanning E! Hollywood True Story in her future as well? Is she such a great actress that we only think she's giggly and cheerful when really she has a secret life as an axe-murderer? I honestly can't tell. And usually - I'm pretty good at telling. If I may.