The actress bemoaned the lack of roles for Griffith and grandma Tippi Hedren

By Julie Mazziotta
January 05, 2016 02:15 PM
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Dakota Johnson is putting Hollywood on notice for the lack of roles for older women like her famous matriarchs, mom Melanie Griffith and grandmother Tippi Hedren.

“This industry is f—ing brutal,” Johnson, 26, says in the February issue of British Vogue.

“Why isn’t my mother in movies? She’s an extraordinary actress! Why isn’t my grandmother in movies?”

Griffith, 58, is best known for the iconic Working Girl, while Hedren, 85, had her breakout role in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Johnson says the harsh Hollywood industry affects her self-esteem as well.

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“No matter how tough you are, sometimes there’s the feeling of not being wanted,” she says. “It’s absurd and cut-throat. Whenever I have downtime, I’m unsure that I will ever work again. I don’t know what it is, but it’s a definite thing that happens to me.”

But Johnson was excited leave her vanity behind to embrace a rougher look for her role as the wife of criminal Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.

“In my real life, I don’t look pretty all the time,” she says. “Nobody does. I love films that are honest… That’s the thing that turns me on.”

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Johnson will be back to the glamour soon, though, when she returns to her starring role for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel. Though the cast and crew have been tight-lipped about any details on the upcoming movies, the next two movies are set to premiere on Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018.

Johnson’s full interview appears in the February issue, out Thursday.

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