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Dakota Johnson is a woman on the brink of superstardom.
Which is why Vogueis giving the 25-year-old actress the coveted cover of their Feb. 2015 issue, in which the brunette beauty dishes on the feverishly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey film, out Feb. 13. Judging by the pre-sales alone, the movie adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling novel is already a huge hit -- it's now the fastest-selling R movie ever in the 15-year history of Fandango.
"It's just the most insane thing to be a part of," Dakota tells the magazine. "I've never experienced anything like this; I don't think anyone has. It's terrifying -- and it's exciting."
"I wanted to be involved because it's so different," she adds, "and it's an intense love story."
According to director Sam Taylor-Johnson, the shy, relatively unknown daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson was an easy choice for the role of the vulnerable Anastasia Steele.
"She blew us out of the water," Taylor-Johnson recalls to Vogue. "Dakota has the ability to play so fragile and vulnerable, but with this underlying strength that makes you feel she is going to triumph."
Her co-star Jamie Dornan couldn't agree more. Taylor-Johnson calls the two's chemistry "immediate."
"Dakota is very funny -- and humor on a film set goes a long way," Dornan says. "But she also had the ability to be a very strong dramatic actress. She'd be telling a joke one minute and breaking your heart on-screen the next -- so she was perfect."
But just don't expect Dakota to embrace the fame that comes with her huge breakthrough role.
"I think about my dwindling anonymity, and that's really scary because a very large part of me would be perfectly happy living on a ranch in Colorado and having babies and chickens and horses -- which I will do anyway," she shares.
And good news for book fans eagerly anticipating the film. Dakota's seen the final cut of the movie, and teases that she's "never seen anything like it."
"It looks beautiful," she says. "But it's confusing to the brain -- I still can't look at it objectively or wrap my head around it. The parts of the movie that are difficult to watch were even more difficult -- and emotionally taxing -- to shoot."