The latest trailer for Fifty Shades Freed showed Anastasia Steele settling into her role as Mrs. Grey with a newfound confidence (that is, until she鈥檚 faced with an unhinged former boss). In real life, however, Dakota Johnson, the actress who plays Anastasia, doesn鈥檛 always feel so brave. In fact, she just revealed the 鈥渧ery scary鈥 part about starring in the franchise.

Chatting with Allure for their February 2018 鈥淣ew Naked鈥 issue, the 28-year-old explained, 鈥淔undamentally, I鈥檓 open and warm. At my core, I鈥檓 a bleeding heart. But when your life is exposed and when the movie that exposes your life is exposing your emotions and your body, it can be very scary.鈥

She added that becoming a household name hasn鈥檛 been easy, but said, 鈥淭hroughout this entire experience, I鈥檝e learned that I can expose my heart and my emotions and I can still protect myself. I can still be vulnerable and strong. It鈥檚 a constant ebb and flow and a battle and trying to figure out how to have those things coexist within me.鈥

It鈥檚 been a learning process, but it certainly sounds like Johnson feels it was worth the effort. As she told Allure, this is a role that truly resonated with her. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 know how to explain it in a way that doesn鈥檛 sound hokey, but when I鈥檓 on a project, I鈥檓 on it for a certain reason, and I鈥檓 involved with the people for a reason,鈥 she said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 always some sort of weird marriage to something that鈥檚 happening in my life, or the character has some connection to something that鈥檚 going on [in my life].鈥

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