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Gabby September 29, 2017 0 Comments

Seeing as Brimstone has recently premiered in Europe, Dakota has been talking to a few newspapers to promote the film. The latest one was The Irish Times, and the interview is very sweet.

For the longest time, Dakota Fanning was framed as an “old soul” by her invariably impressed co-stars. Glenn Close deployed the phrase when, in 2005, she shared a nine-minute, unbroken scene with the then 10-year-old in the Chekovian-inspired drama Nine Lives.

Kris Kristofferson, who played her character’s grandfather in Dreamer, compared Fanning to Bette Davis. She was 11. Kurt Russell, who played her dad in the same film, was so impressed that he bought her a Palomino pony, saying: “I guarantee you, she is the best actress I will work with in my entire career.” (In a classy back-at-you, Fanning named the horse Goldie after Goldie Hawn, Russell’s partner of 34 years.)

Other Fanning fans include Tom Cruise, who has sent her a birthday present every year since they starred in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. “Mostly shoes,” apparently.

That “old soul” tag and a muscular recent resumé is slightly at odds with the good-natured, high-spirited 23-year-old one encounters off-screen.

As we meet, she is enjoying being the butt of many jokes among her co-stars on the set of The Alienist. The mini-series, which was created by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga and largely shot in Budapest, casts Fanning as Sarah Howard, a jazz-age secretary who is determined to become New York’s first female police detective.

“They all think it’s hilarious that I have eight suitcases to bring home,” says Fanning. “But we’ve been in Europe for six months. I don’t think that’s excessive.”

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