Since When Is Dakota Fanning Old Enough To Be Losing Her Virginity?

Dakota Fanning is still like twelve years old and starring in The Cat And The Hat, right? No? She’s eighteen and starting work on the movie Very Good Girls with Demi Moore and Elizabeth Olsen where she’s trying to lose her virginity? I’m gonna need a moment to process all that. Since when did Dakota transition from being a child actor to being a…well, a young adult actor? Did I miss something, or is this that edgy role that finally pushes her over that line? Because up until now, my recollection of her in movies has been as the precocious young girl teaching a valuable and poignant lesson to the film’s other protagonists. I don’t recall seeing her dabble in drugs or fight or even swear in any of her recent movies, so I guess I just wasn’t ready for this.

In the movie, Dakota and her best friend, played by Elizabeth Olsen, make a pact together to lose their virginity the summer after they graduate from high school. Sounds perfect, right? What could go wrong! But this is MovieWorld, so they live in a town with only one guy, and they both fall for him. So now it’s a competition to see which of these girls — both of whom I believed to be underage until I started writing this article — can bang the guy first. Romantic, no? (Quick note: apparently Elizabeth is actually 23, which isn’t that much older than 18, I guess, but makes me feel wildly more comfortable when writing about her.)

Very Good Girls sounds like one of those movies that I’ll secretly see and guiltily enjoy, but I’m sure I’ll be distracted by sexualized Dakota. Are we even allowed to talk openly about the sexual lives of people born in the nineties? I thought there were laws against that! Sigh. What is this world coming to when people don’t stay the same age that they are in my head? This is very confusing for me…it makes my brains go all jumbly.

Well, go get it, Dakota. If you haven’t traded in the old V-card yet, and you’re a Method actor, you’re about to make some lucky guy very very happy.


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    • Nancy

      lol It weirds me out too. I just googled Zac Efron because I used to feel like a perv thinking he was hot; turns out he’s like a month OLDER than me WTF. Anyway, Dakota was in that movie called Hounddog in which she got raped, and that was in 2007! So this movie seems tame in comparison

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh crap! Seems like I missed that one, too!

    • Ducks223

      You should watch some more of her movies, they’re great. Some do have Dakota’s character doing drugs, fighting, cursing, having sex. As far as this movie goes, I think I’ve seen it before, in 1980… they called it Little Darlings. I would stab my self in the liver to play the lead male in this film.

    • Lindsay

      She played Cherie Currie in The Runaways in 2010. Plenty of drugs and I think a lesbian scene with Kristen Stewart’s Joan Jett.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh good call! I never saw that one!

    • Liam

      Um…..Dakota’s character in that movie “Hound Dog” got raped……and that was in 2007. Where have you been for the last five years?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Not watching enough Dakota Fanning movies, apparently!

    • Ducks223

      ‘The Motel Life’ has her barely dressed, on her knees, prostituting and old man with her mother. ‘Now is Good’ has drugs and sex and crime. and ‘Effie’ has her sexually repulsing her Husband so bad that she has to run off with the hot garden boy just to get a little action… or something like that. ;)

    • Mel_M

      “Cat in the Hat” was released in Nov 2003 when Dakota was 9; that would most likely put her at 9 when she filmed it. Her last real-little-kid role was in “Charlott’s Web” filmed in the spring of 2006. With “Hounddog,” filmed in the summer of 2006 (at about 12 1/2) she made a radical break from “child” roles. (Her extraordinary performance in “Hounddog” is still my favorite.) In the fall of 2007, she filmed “Push” (at 13) where she did some mild swearing and even carried a pistol in her shoulder bag. “The Runaways” was filmed in the summer of 2009 (at 15 1/2). She swore lots in the move — even some stuff I’d never heard before. There was even a spot near the end where her character was just plain disgusting – a first for Dakota, I believe.

      I’m really looking forward to “Effie”; I’ve read a recent biography and the basic story is great. “Effie” was a fine opportunity for Dakota, partly because the center of the story takes place from the time of Effie’s marriage at one month shy of 20, ’til she was in her mid 20s; there’s nothing “teenish” about the Effie character which makes it a good transition to adult roles.