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Dakota Fanning talks confidence in Cosmo

Ever wonder why Dakota Fanning is so amazing at everything she does? It all comes natural, she says.

Dakota Fanning talks confidence in CosmoNo one can ever accuse Dakota Fanning of being self-conscious. The prolific actress covers the February issue of Cosmopolitan and explains how she's still so well adjusted despite a career in the spotlight.

"Since I was young, I've always known who I was. I never really had to go through finding who I am. I've always felt really secure," the 17-year-old told the mag.

And why wouldn't she be super confident? Fanning has been in the spotlight since she was a tot and understands the power fame brings.

"I think that when you're in the public eye, you automatically become a role model, because people are reading about you and looking at pictures of stuff you've done," Fanning said in a 2010 V Magazine interview. "But, you know, no one's perfect, everyone makes mistakes. I have made mistakes and I will make mistakes. I'm only human."

Her bestie, Kristen Stewart, also sees Fanning's confidence when it comes to acting.

"We had a few scenes that were crazy intimidating, and maybe once or twice, she was like 'Okay, I have a butterfly in my stomach,'" Stewart told Cosmo of filming The Runaways together. "Meanwhile, I'm hyperventilating! Sometimes I give her s**t for being so on the ball."

We've got to give her credit for balancing a high-profile career with studies at NYU — and she's not even 18 yet! Actually, we're jealous — why weren't we so put together at 18?

Oh, who are we kidding? We're still not that put together.

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