PHOTOS: Dakota Johnson Strips Down for a Fifty Shades of Grey-Inspired Shoot

02/06/2014 at 11:27 AM ET

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Fans may have to wait a year for the release of Fifty Shades of Grey (we know you’ve got your calendar marked for next Feb. 13!), but there have been plenty of teasers to keep everyone excited about what may be the most hotly-anticipated film on the planet. (May we remind you of the first poster featuring Jamie Dornan‘s Christian Grey?) Now, Dakota Jonhson is showing off her sexier side in a new shoot for Elle magazine‘s March issue. And yes, she’s sharing all the details on what it’s like to play Anastasia Steele.

When it comes to filming the super-spicy sex scenes, Johnson has a completely fearless attitude. “I don’t have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame.” And judging by the sexy shots above, she’s totally transitioned into her on-screen alter ego — and has adapted to her rich brunette hue.

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But while many people are curious to see how the book’s notoriously racy scenes will translate to film, Johnson’s having fun figuring out what makes Anastasia tick. “Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes,” Johnson says of the characters. “I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.” She adds that Ana and Christian have a chemical attraction that pulls them together. “It allows both of them to do something that they are completely afraid of.”

Dakota Johnson Elle MagazineCarter Smith for ELLE

For more from Johnson, visit, and tell us: Do you like Johnson’s new shoot? Do you have a Fifty Shades countdown going? Share your thoughts below!

Dakota Johnson Elle MagazineCarter Smith for ELLE

–Brittany Talarico

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Millie on

Absolutely boring! Worst casting choice EVER! It’s so obvious that they are doing all this PR and marketing to change the fans’ perception of Dakota. The real fans who would have paid money to go see the film, are more than disappointed with Dakota as Ana. This won’t change no matter how many sexy magazine covers they produce over the next 12 months.

krtmom on

She is not sexy or even pretty.

Bee Happy on

I hope that she is ready for it! Lol. Even if I were an actress, I could not act nude. I’m anxious to see it. Really hope that they -the cast- can pull it off.

Macy on

What’s worse than her? That absolute boy-man they chose to play Christian. He’s only sexy if you’re a cougar, or a teen girl. He looks like a stiff wind could blow him over!

Nancytoya on

Not a very pretty girl. Horrible casing choice. So disappointed in the Grey’s cast.

Drew on

She is horrible. Not at all what I pictured Anastasia to be. I’m no l

Drew on

She is horrible. Not at all what I pictured Anastasia to be. I’m no longer excited… Sexy?! Hilariously not!!

Drew on

Safe to say by the looks of her awkward posing she probably can’t act.

Marie on

Oh poo. I think she will make a great Anastasia. Where in the book did it say she was some sex kitten? She was rather dorky and average looking in the book. Give her a chance!

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