Dakota Fanning: Success as a child actor made it harder to get adult roles

Dakota Fanning says she understands why some child actors struggle in later life because the pressure can “make you crazy”.

The former child star, now 22, revealed she was often questioned at a young age about whether she would be successful as an adult in the film industry.

She told the Press Association: “People would always say to you: ‘Are you worried about growing up? Are you still going to be able to act?’

“It would make you crazy and it would make you act out or think you need to grow up too fast, and that leads to making mistakes.

“I’m a very rational, logical person so that was never an option for me because I don’t want that for my life.

“But I can kind of understand it because it could turn you into a very insecure person, very easily.”

Dakota, who as a child starred opposite Tom Cruise in War Of The Worlds and Denzel Washington in Man On Fire, now has two leading roles in movies being screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

She said her early success brought “annoying” misconceptions which meant it was harder for her to secure roles as an adult.

Dakota said: “It’s definitely not as easy of a road when you start out younger because people do develop a lot of preconceived notions about who you are.

“That’s just frustrating in life in general when people assume things about you without knowing the truth.

“There were definitely times when it would be annoying but I definitely have made my peace with that and have done the best I can.”

Dakota stars alongside Guy Pearce and Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington in Brimstone, a gritty revenge western about a young woman in a frontier community who goes on the run when she is targeted by a preacher.

She also plays Ewan McGregor’s daughter in his directorial debut, American Pastoral, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel

The Toronto International Film Festival runs until Sunday.

More in this Section

Charlize Theron on ‘frustrating’ lack of female directors at Golden GlobesCharlize Theron on ‘frustrating’ lack of female directors at Golden Globes

Jennifer Lopez responds to Golden Globe nominationJennifer Lopez responds to Golden Globe nomination

Stars bring the glamour to Dancing On Ice launchStars bring the glamour to Dancing On Ice launch

Maura Higgins explains why she might not be tuning into Love Island next yearMaura Higgins explains why she might not be tuning into Love Island next year


Lifestyle

As David Attenborough announces new series on plants, we run down some of the weird and wonderful vegetation he might include.11 bizarre plant species from around the world

The weather’s always going to be a key factor on any wedding day — but especially so when the bride works for Met Éireann, writes Eve Kelliher.Wedding of the week: Bride and groom are literally on cloud nine

My wife and I are in our fifties and she has just started using porn. She thinks it will enhance our sex life if we watch it together, but I find the idea a total turn-off.Suzi Godson's Sex Advice: My wife wants us to watch porn together?

As you probably have heard by now, changes to the rules concerning gift vouchers in Ireland came into effect earlier this month, giving consumers more rights when it comes to these popular items.Making Cents: Play your cards right when giving gift vouchers this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner