I can barely believe she's only 15! She is going to look so classic when she's older.
DRAMA TEEN: Dakota Fanning, 15 Going On 30, Plays Dress-Up. By Peter McQuaid
Dakota Fanning is so self-possessed and so articulate that the only reminder you’re speaking with a 15-year-old and not someone much older is her occasional tendency to giggle when she’s sharing some droll aspect of her life.
Such a life. With the camera running, Fanning has been kidnapped, beaten, covered with live snakes, sexually assaulted and menaced by beings human and not. Under a less constant gaze (though there are always cameras), Fanning attends a rigorous private school in Los Angeles, is a cheerleader and wears a pair of Marni platforms ‘‘every single day.’’ We know this because there are photos to prove it; even though the subject is an unnervingly articulate film actress, she is also a teenage girl pleased to exercise the prerogative that states that for a period in one’s life, a particular pair of shoes — or a bag or a boy, for that matter — can be perfect in every respect and should be worn (or phoned) every day.
She doesn’t concern herself with privacy in the traditional sense, figuring that exposure comes with the territory. What she guards is that part of her life that is unseeable. ‘‘You have to be able to separate your personal life from playing a character. . . . That’s not your real life.’’ Good thing; next up for her is ‘‘New Moon,’’ the second film in the ‘‘Twilight’’ series, in which Fanning takes a fangs-first plunge into the darkness as Jane, a very nasty vampire who functions as a kind of vampire enforcer. She didn’t bother trying to find some redeeming characteristic in Jane, she says. ‘‘She’s pretty much evil,’’ Fanning says with a laugh. ‘‘Yes, she may feel like she’s just doing her job by torturing people, but that’s evil.’’