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Dakota Johnson Talks About Struggling With Depression Since She Was 14: "I Feel The World"

Dakota Johnson Talks About Struggling With Depression Since She Was 14: "I Feel The World"
May 12, 2020 - 20:27 / Hayley Paskevich

In a new interview, Dakota Johnson talked openly about how she's struggled with depression for years. Find out what she said about how she's learned to cope with it!

Dakota Johnson is sharing her struggles with depression, and what she's done to manage her mental health! As People reports, Johnson revealed in a new interview for Marie Claire that she has been battling with depression ever since she was a teenager. 

Johnson says she's learned to find her depression "beautiful"

"I’ve struggled with depression since I was young—since I was 15 or 14," Johnson said. "That was when, with the help of professionals, I was like, 'Oh, this is a thing I can fall into.'" She went on to explain that while her mental health has been challenging to deal with, she's been able to find the positive side to things.

"But I’ve learned to find it beautiful because I feel the world," Johnson said of her depression. "I guess I have a lot of complexities, but they don’t pour out of me. I don’t make it anyone else’s problem."

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Dakota Johnson attends the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 11th Annual Governors Awards on October 27, 2019.

Johnson talks about her character in upcoming film The High Note

Johnson also talked to Marie Claire about her character "Maggie" in The High Note, where she stars opposite Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays "Grace Davis." The film was originally supposed to hit theatres on May 8 but due to the coronavirus, The High Note will instead be receiving a digital release on May 29.

"Maggie is so emotional and so open, but I didn’t want her to get totally blown over by the wind," Johnson said. "I think, especially for women, it’s such a hustle all the time. Maggie’s vulnerable, but it never stops her from going for the thing that is the most important to her."

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Dakota Johnson speaks onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement on September 28, 2019.

Johnson's The High Note co-star Tracee Ellis Ross spoke highly of her to Marie Claire. According to People, Ross told Marie Claire that Johnson "is passionate and feels things deeply, but she’s also wonderfully charming and playful. She knows where she is and who she is and isn’t afraid to speak up."

However, Johnson admitted that there have been times she felt that she had "no say" when on set. "For a long time, I’d do a movie and have no say. I could go into something, and it’ll be one thing, and then it comes out as a totally different thing," she explained. "As an artist, you’re like, 'What the f---?'"

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Johnson says she has "really specific taste" in making movies

Johnson went on to say that she values being involved in the creative process of filmmaking. "I definitely want to have my craft, my artistry, and my ideas respected and tossed around. I want to be part of the process,” she said. "I also have really specific taste." And as People shares, that's exactly why Johnson helped to shape her character in The High Note.

"My version was this little trashy girl running around trying to keep her shit together," the film's screenwriter Flora Greeson said to Marie Claire about Johnson's character "Maggie." “Dakota was like, ‘I don’t want this character apologizing in every scene. That’s not what Maggie does.’"