Dating a druggie
Her parents are Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson and her grandmother is Tippi Hedren, the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.“I think I spent my entire childhood on film sets, surrounded by film-makers and actors and people with magnetic energies who make movies,” she says.But the real message of the movie is that women should love themselves and take care of their hearts and their brains and also not feel bad about having a good time or experiencing different people and dating people.” Dressed smartly in a black trouser suit, Johnson - who also stars in A Bigger Splash, released this week - is a relaxed conversationalist with a sly sense of humour and a seductive smile; she shifts easily between serious discussion and light-hearted banter. “I haven’t really been on a lot of dates,” she says.I ask her how she goes about meeting men - when, of course, she’s not flat out working. “I have my friends that I’ve been friends with forever and it’s kind of hard meeting new people. “I’ve only been in long-term relationships.” She laughs as she recalls her best and worst dates.I just wanted to always make films too.” She made her debut aged 10 alongside her mother in Crazy in Alabama (directed by her stepfather Antonio Banderas) but took a break from acting to pursue modelling.Then, at the age of 17, she checked into rehab for a 30-day treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, something her parents are only too familiar with: both Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson have had spells in rehab.She is ambivalent about her newfound fame, “Sometimes it’s so exciting and interesting and I get to learn so much all the time and my opportunities have broadened,” she says.
Based on the bestselling novel by Liz Tuccillo (the executive story editor for Sex and the City), it follows the story of Alice (played by Johnson), who breaks up with a long-term boyfriend to move to New York.I cherish my solitude.” The 26-year-old says she is currently single, having split from her boyfriend, the rock singer Matt Hitt, last year, but is mostly too busy to worry about it.“Luckily I’ve such a distraction in my job at the moment that I don’t think about men very often,” she says.The worst one was when I got broken up with once when I was wearing a Hallowe’en costume and was dressed as Steve Jobs.” As to what’s next, she tells me that she and Jamie Dornan will soon begin filming the Fifty Shades sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. “I’ve never revisited or resurrected a character before.We shot the first movie two years ago, so it’s going to be a challenge to get back into that. The story goes to an interesting place and it’s more of a thriller with new characters, which will be nice.” Born in Austin, Texas, Johnson has Hollywood in her blood.