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 covers Cosmopolitan No 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.

Image courtesy WENN.com

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Mel_M January 04, 2012 | 8:29 PM

I think confidence is one of the personal traits that showed up in many of Dakota's film personas that were otherwise so different. Not many have, at less than 2 months short of 18, a resume of high level professional work that goes back a decade: lots of movies, lots of appearances on major TV talk shows, magazine photo shoots, and numerous interviews. Add to that all the travels she's made to do the movies. For the movie "Effie," which she just finished shooting, Dakota even got to travel through canals of Venice in a gondola. Surely, there can't be too many 18 year olds that have spent so much time on airplanes. No doubt about it, Dakota has had an extraordinary life. When I first saw her on TV, I knew she was someone very special and unlike anyone I'd ever seen. BTW, the earliest Dakota interview I'm aware of is the one in the YouTube video titled "The Making of Father Xmas (2001)." "Father Xmas" was a 2001 short film done before "I Am Sam." In the interview, Dakota said that she wanted to be a movie star; it only took her another year or so before she was one. "Amazing" is the easiest way to describe the little girl in this video. Dakota has to move on, however, and I'm really looking forward to new movies where she takes on much more adult level roles. I'm thinking that the best is yet to come.

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