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

02/06/2014 at 11:27 AM ET

Dakota Johnson Elle MagazineCarter Smith for ELLE

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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Nina on

Woooow she is perfect!

Tiffany on

No where in the book does it describe Ana as being a sex goddess. She’s a plain, average looking girl that trips over her own feet and oh so happens to bite her lip, which a huge turn on for Christian Grey. I don’t necessarily agree with her casting but I’m not gonna knock her before I’ve even seen it. I’ll keep an open mind, unlike some folks on here.

Mariana on

She looks very pretty and EL James has approved the cast, so we must have faith in the film, I love the books and I think that Dakota and Jamie has a great chemistry, hope to see very soon.
Finally Anastasia is Not a sexy girl on the book, is a pretty girl and this is what we see in this photos. Jamie is perfect as Christian Grey, love him!

Peachy on

Agreed……..poor casting……….

CollegeGirl on

Is it just me or does it in the last picture look like her head doesn’t fit with the way her body is posing. I think anyways that all the photos are terrible, and she looks more like a woman in her menopause trying patheticaly to be sexy than a 20 year old college student. I really hope this isn’t the way she’ll be styled in the movie, the story is really bad so if they can’t even do the sexy part, it’ll be a flop. Also the only way the sex in fsog can be deemed as on the edge, is if you’ve only done it missionary with the lights off.

dee on

OMG YOU GUYS ARE SO RUDE. Grow up. Im pretty sure that all you haters are ‘boring’ and ‘not even pretty’. I think she’s perfect for the part. When i imagined Ana, she fit the picture to the T. Im 17 and i can tell you safely that every girl in high school thinks that shes pretty and perfect for the role. Dont you think she might see these comments? Shut. Your. Trap.

Sara on

Those who still can’t see Ana are blind! Hot pics! Go Dakota!

Mona on

Well, at least she finally read the books! :-) Anyone who’s ever seen an interview with Dakota will notice how heavily photoshopped these pictures are. The producers of FSOG are trying too hard to change the fans’ negative perception of Dakota. They know that they’ve pissed off a lot of people when they cast her. With this Elle shoot they are trying to convince the fans that she is the right choice for Ana. They don’t have big Hollywood names attached to the film and can’t lure people into cinemas with Jamie and Dakota. That’s why they have to rely on the hard-core fans of the books. I assume the next thing they’ll do is convert Jamie into the “new” Robert Pattinson and invent a fake romance between the co-stars, and all the gullible 17-year-olds out there will flock to the cinemas :-)

Page on

She looks good, but seems trying little too hard.

guest on

haha, love reading about “real fans” ™, as opposed to what, fake fans? half fans? people with half a brain that noticed how bad the books were?

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