‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Star Dakota Johnson: Getting Into Anastasia’s Head Can Be ‘Kind of Boring’ (Video)

Johnson tells Vanity Fair that hitting the books to inhabit English major Anastasia Steele isn’t always a thrill ride

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Dakota Johnson says hitting the books to prep for the film adaptation of E.L. James‘ erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” has had its dull moments.

In a video accompanying her interview in the March issue of Vanity Fair, the 24-year-old actress reveals that getting ready for the role has entailed a lot of reading — which, she says, can be “kind of boring.”

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Asked what kind of mental preparation she’s had to do, Johnson noted, “A lot of getting into the character’s head, Ana’s headspace, kind of before she meets Christian. So it’s a lot of reading, which I love, but she’s an English major, so that’s kind of boring.”

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Preparation for the role might not be a thrill ride at all times, but the performance promises to be racy — and Johnson, the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson — told the magazine that she’s reluctant to discuss the details of the role with her famous parents.

“I think that I would love to have them experience it with me, but I can’t really do that, just because of what it entails,” Johnson notes. “I talk to them more about problems with my landlords. That’s my talking point with my family.”

Watch a video of Johnson talking “Fifty Shades” below.