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Dakota Fanning Had Her First Kiss While Playing a Young Reese Witherspoon

Actress Dakota Fanning had her first kiss while playing a young Reese Witherspoon in "Sweet Home Alabama," but her first kiss in real life happened in her parents' driveway. See Fanning recount both her awkward first kisses and more in a candid interview with W's editor-at-large Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 3/28/2017

Transcript

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So American Pastoral came to me
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a few years ago.
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My character's name is Merry.
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I definitely did have to go to some really dark places,
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but as an actor, that is what I look forward to
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and love doing the most because makes me feel like
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I've actually done something hard.
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(laughing)
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My sister saw the film and had
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a really horrified reaction to it,
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and she got really upset by it.
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I mean I'm happy about that 'cause
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that means that it moved somebody
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and even somebody that knows me as well as my sister.
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I have always had to let go of caring
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what other people expect from me,
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or caring what other people think
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that I can do because inevitably
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there are preconceived notions
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about who I am and what I'm capable of
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because I started out so young,
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which I think is unfair, of course.
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But I've let that go because I think
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that that would just drive me crazy.
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I've always felt like I was expected
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to be mature and wise beyond my years
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and an old soul, which people would say
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about me, which is a compliment.
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Some days I am an old soul and some days I'm not.
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(laughing)
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When I'm feeling unsafe, I need
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to watch the movie Almost Famous,
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and it makes me cry and laugh and it's
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the movie that I can't turn off when it comes on, I love it.
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[Woman] I love that.
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And I think when they sing Tiny Dancer
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in the van, and when Kate Hudson,
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when he tells her that she was traded
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for a case of beer, then she says, What kind of beer?
01:45
So Sweet Home Alabama, first scene
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of the movie I play young Reese Witherspoon
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and that was my first kiss.
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I was seven years old, he was 10,
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it was very nerve-racking.
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I say, what do you want to marry me for, anyhow?
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And he says, So I can kiss 'ya anytime I want.
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Hot stuff for a seven and a 10 year old.
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My studio teacher, who was my teacher my whole life
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before I went to high school, she was with me on that movie.
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She told this story all the time.
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In between each take, we would do
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the kiss right, and then I would slowly turn away
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and wipe my mouth off so he couldn't see
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or so no one could see, because I was trying
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to be kind, but it was like too,
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it was like, I wasn't really into it.
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My real first kiss was in my driveway, 14.
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I was walking him out, he had been over
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at my house swimming in my pool,
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and I was walking him out and then I had
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gotten him a gift, and I forgot it.
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So I ran back inside and he was wearing a baseball cap.
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And when I came back out, he had turned
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the baseball cap around, and I remember thinking,
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oh my God, oh God that's what that means.
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And then, and that was it, it was against my
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mom's car in the driveway.
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I remember coming inside and just feeling
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like everybody could see, like everyone could see
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it all over me.
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(laughing)
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But I felt like his 16-year-old scruff had kind
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of chapped me a little bit, and so I just felt
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like everyone could that I was bright red
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and everyone knew and everyone could tell.
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And I think my mom even said, maybe said something,
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I can't remember, but I just remember being
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like, oh, everyone knows.
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And I knew my sister was probably like
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looking outside like she's such a weirdo like that.
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She totally would do that.
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We've all been chapped by scruff
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at some point on our face.
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(laughing)