Don Johnson cut his daughter Dakota off when she was just a teenager: "You won't be on the payroll anymore"

Don Johnson cut his daughter Dakota off when she was just a teenager: "You won't be on the payroll anymore"

Dakota Johnson got cast in her first movie just three weeks after her father cut her off.

Dakota Johnson is a popular name in Hollywood. However, her decision to enter the world of entertainment came at a price. 

According to People, her father, Don Johnson, revealed that he cut her off financially after she decided to pursue acting instead of attending college. The 71-year-old Knives Out actor revealed that it was one of the rules that were applicable to all five of his children. "We have a rule in the family that, you know, if you stay in school, you get to stay on the payroll. So, you go to college, you get to stay on the payroll," said Johnson, while appearing at the Late Night with Seth Meyers. 




Recalling the time when Dakota told him her decision to quit school, Johnson detailed, "Toward the end of high school, I went to [Dakota] and I said, 'So, do you want to go visit some colleges?' Or something like that. And she was like, 'Oh, no. I'm not going to college.'" 

He continued, "I went, 'OK, you know what that means? You won't be on the payroll anymore.'" Johnson further remembered his daughter's confident response to his question of how she would survive. "Don't you worry about it," said Dakota, who was in her late teens at the time. 

Just weeks later, the determined girl auditioned and got her first job as an actress. Recounting that moment, Johnson said, "Three weeks later she had nailed down that part in David Fincher's The Social Network, and the rest is, shall we say, cinema history," according to Entertainment Weekly




Since then, Dakota has had a stable career in Hollywood. Not only is she financially stable, but she is now thriving on her own. Johnson who is incredibly proud of his girl claimed that his daughter is independent and does not need her daddy's advice. 

"So no, she doesn't really call me for advice. She calls me to say, 'Gosh, I would see you, but I've got three pictures that I'm shooting at the same time,'" said Johnson, according to Entertainment Weekly. The 31-year-old actress is currently working on two movies, The Lost Daughter and the drama Am I Ok?




Previously, Johnson even opined that his daughter was more talented than her mother, Melanie Griffith, and himself. “She’s a wonderful actress, and in some ways better than her mother and me," said Johnson, according to People

Undoubtedly, Dakota made her father proud with her perseverance and hard work to navigate her way to the top. However, Dakota's rocky and tumultuous childhood may also be one of the reasons that gave her the unflinching courage and maturity in her early teens to go out of her comfort zone to achieve her dreams.




Growing up in an unstable household, Dakota was forced to be her own anchor. "My parents had some problems of their own that put me in a position of having to deal with very grown-up stuff at a very young age," revealed Dakota, according to Goal Cast. However, amid the troublesome atmosphere at home, Dakota developed a love for films. After her mother and father divorced, Dakota's life changed for the best. Her step-father Antonio Banderas became a major influence. He inspired her to love the art of acting passionately and became her "bonus father."

As years went by, she became certain of her calling as an actress, and her movies prove that she is doing what she loves best.



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