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Next Gen 2012: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars

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    Dakota Johnson Headshot - P 2012
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    Dakota Johnson
    Co-Star, "Ben and Kate"

    The daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson -- and granddaughter of Hitchcock icon Tippi Hedren -- the Austin-born actress, 23, is fronting one of the fall's most well-received freshman series with Nat Faxon and proving herself a leading comedic actress after a string of small film roles.

    INDUSTRY MENTOR: My grandmother. I remember feeling really weird after watching Marnie, thinking, "Who is this woman?"

    CAREER INSPIRATION: I watched Mary Poppins every day, and the "A Spoonful of Sugar" scene, with all the drawers opening and the toys dancing around, is the most amazing thing ever.

    BEST ADVICE: Sleep whenever you can -- even if it's for five minutes. And always be eating.

    BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT: The fact that I haven't yet died carrying this show. I think it's a big accomplishment that I'm still on my feet.

    WHEN I'M NOT WORKING I'M: So lazy. I would love to just lay around. Give me the option of going on a beautiful hike or watching movies, and I'd be like, "Let's f--ing watch movies, man."

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