Who is Dakota Fanning? Is She Really Dating A Basketball Player?

Who is Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fannings at the 70th Emmy Awards (2018) Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

Hannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress born on February 23, 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA. She is 27 years old currently. At the age of 7, she played Lucy Dawson in the movie I am Sam (2001). At age eight, she was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards. She became the youngest nominee in SAG History. Her prominent roles are in the movies Uptown Girls, The Cat in the Hat, Charlotte’s Web, and many more. In 2009 she made her modeling debut. Elle, Vanity Fair, and Cosmopolitan featured her on their cover pages. In 2014 she appeared in the New York Fashion Week. In 2015 she appeared at the opening ceremony of  New York Fashion Week.

Dakota graduated from Campbell Hall School, California, in June 2011. She was voted as a homecoming queen twice in her school life, and she also was a major member of the cheerleading squad. She majored in Women Studies, focusing on the portrayal of women in film and culture. from Gallatin School of Individual Studies at New York University (2011 to 2014). In January 2012, she ended her contract with Osbrink Talent Agency. She signed to be represented by William Morris Endeavor. In April 2014, she left WME, and it was revealed that now she will be represented by CAA. Currently, Dakota Fanning has a net worth of $12 million. Dakota Fanning returned to television in 2018 for the movie The Alienist.

Early Life and Career of Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning's early life and career
Dakota Fanning with her sister Elle Fanning. Credits go to Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

Dakota Fanning began her professional acting career at the age of 5. She appeared in a commercial. Before that, she used to play small roles at Towne Lake Arts Center. She appeared as a guest role in NBC’s prime time drama ER, where she played the role of a car accident victim who has leukemia. This role is still her most prominent and favorite role. In the movie, I am Sam (2001), Dakota Fanning appeared opposite of Sean Penn. The story revolves around a mentally unstable man who is fighting for the custody of her daughter. The daughter’s role was played by Dakota Fanning, and this made her the youngest nominee for SAG Awards.

For the same role, she won the Best Young Actor/Actress award in Broadcast Film Critics Association. Dakota had stated that she cried when she watched the finished version of Man on Fire. She has also been dubbed in several animated movies such as Coraline, Family Guy, and Justice League Unlimited. In 2004 she appeared in the famous television series “Friends” in a guest role.

Dakota has a sister named Elle Fanning, who is also an American Actress. Her father, Steven Fanning, is a basketball player, and Heather Joy Arrington is a tennis player.  She has revealed that she loves to play characters with dark and heartbreaking past. It always intrigues her. She also stated that she was home-schooled for some time, and she had a teacher that used to go with her to all her movies. Her dad came up with the name Dakota, and her mother came up with the name Hannah thus Hannah Dakota Fanning. With both her athlete parents, Fanning has always been active. For a brief time, she also attended the Montessori School. Seeing her potential, her family Fannings were advised to move to Los Angeles.

Personal Life of Dakota Fanning

Personal life of Dakota Fanning.
Dakota Fanning Credits go to Hollywood Reporter

She dated her co-star Cameron Bright from the movie Twilight from 2009 to 2012. From May 2013 to October 2016, Dakota was dating the British model Jamie Strachan. Dakota Fanning has dated her high school sweetheart Logan Markley from 2016-2017. He was a real estate broker. In 2017 Dakota started dating Henry Frye.

In 2017 Dakota and her sister purchased a house in San Fernando Valley for 2.3 million USD. The property is 4500 square feet with a grassy backyard, pool, spa, and other privileges. In 2019 Dakota bought a property in the Toluca Lake area, Los Angeles, for 2.95 million USD. The styling of the house is similar to the one she bought with her sister. In 2020 the American actress Dakota Fanning and her sister Elle Fanning listed their property which they bought together for 2.7 million USD.