Dakota Johnson opened up about her family’s feelings when she first watched HBO‘s the girl†
As you know, long before Dakota became famous in 50 shades of greyshe was already Hollywood royalty as the daughter of movie stars Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith — whose own mother Tippi Hedren played in Alfred Hitchcockthe blockbuster The birds†
Sadly, decades after that movie became a cinematic horror classic, the story of what happened behind the scenes became an infamous IRL horror story. In her 2016 memoir, Hedren talked about the abuse and bullying she faced at the hands of the tyrannical director.
Dakota, never shying away from controversy, spoke about her grandmother’s life. In The Hollywood Reporter‘s podcast Always chatshe said Hitchcock “ruined” the Marnie career of the star:
“Hitchcock ruined her career because she didn’t want to sleep with him, and he terrorized her. And was never held responsible… It’s hard to talk about because she’s my grandmother. You shouldn’t imagine someone taking advantage of your grandmother.”
Really awful. But if you think it’s bad to imagine, just imagine being with your whole family like her watch the!
HBO movie from 2012 the girl told the story of the turbulent relationship between the actress and the director, played by Sienna Miller and Toby Jones, respectively. In her Vanity Fair cover story this week, Dakota called on the television network to bring them in to watch — but she didn’t “warn” them about the film’s shocking content!
“We were at HBO, my family, watching that movie together. It was one of those moments where you think, ‘How could you not have warned us?’ We’re in a room with a few executives, maybe this warranted a little conversation beforehand?”
The Fifty Shades of grey star described how her grandmother – then about 82 years old – was “remembered of everything she went through” when watching the film:
“You look around and you see a woman who is just being reminded of everything she’s been through, and it was heartbreaking. She was a great actress and he stopped her from making a career.”
Just awful! A movie about the abuse and trauma she went through was definitely worth a warning!
The real bad guy, of course, was always Hitchcock himself. Dakota called the late filmmaker a “tyrant” poisoned by power:
“What happened to my grandmother was horrible because Hitchcock was a tyrant. He was talented and prolific – and important in terms of art – but power can poison people.”
What she told VF next is incredible – and even the movies didn’t show it. Hitchcock is said to have gifted Melanie Griffith something “pretty disturbing” when she was just a child – a tiny replica of her mother in a coffin!
“It’s alarming and dark and very, very sad for that little girl. Very scary.”
We agree! Who gives a child a doll of his mother in a coffin? TBH that might be scarier than killer birds…
It’s so sad that Tippi had to relive her terrible abuse when she watched a movie about herself. We really hope she’s doing better now – and that more people are aware of potentially triggering topics!
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