There are child stars and there are amazing child stars. Dakota Fanning was literally the world’s favorite kid. Her talent has been beautifully exposed in early movies such as I Am Sam, Uptown Girls and Man on Fire.
Dakota’s career started when she was only 7 years old and began appearing in NBC drama ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The Ellen Show. In 2001 she became the youngest person who was ever nominated for Best Young Actor/ Actress award for her performance in I Am Sam alongside actor Sean Penn.
She appeared in Trapped alongside actress Charlize Theron and actor Kevin Bacon and for her performance in Man on Fire alongside Denzel Washington she received many positives reviews.
In the following years, Dakota kept her image of an excellent actress intact with the movies Hide and Seek in 2005, the blockbuster War of Worlds with co-star Tom Cruise, Charlotte’s Web in 2006. In 2008 the actress starred in the movie adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees alongside Queen Latifah and in the same year she released the movie Push. The year 2009 brought her a new role in the movie Eclipse and in 2011 she starred in the movie Runaways and in Breaking Dawn.
Because of her early career, Dakota was forced by circumstances to be home-schooled and because of that she kept her tutor all around the film sets so she wouldn’t miss anything. In her own words “Acting is what I love to do, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I don’t think of it as work. It’s really fun for me.”
She began dating model Jamie Strachan in 2013, who is 13 years her senior but the blonde beauty says that the gap doesn’t faze her.
As for her latest work, in 2013 she starred in the biopic movie The Last of Robin Hood and she played the starring role in Effie and it is yet to be filmed her latest movie Brain on Fire, a movie co-produced by Charlize Theron.
So we could say that this remarkable actress has lived her whole life on the stage and it doesn’t look like she wants to stop making great movies and delivering us her amazing performance. For many she remains a role model.