I felt so much when I was fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, I felt everything. I didn’t understand [myself], I was so happy yet so angry and sad. That was the point when I realized that I needed to tell stories and make characters come alive and I needed to make people cry, and make people angry, and make people happy, and make them laugh.
It’s a lot of getting into the character’s head, Ana’s headspace, kind of before she meets Christian. So it’s a lot of reading, which I love, but she’s an English major, so that’s kind of boring. - Dakota Johnson