Dakota Johnson: “Suspiria was truly a dream come true”

The actress talks us through some of her experiences on Luca Guadagnino’s remake

Dakota Johnson in Venice at Suspiria's photocall.

Luca Guadagnino has enjoyed much love at Venice over the years, with his most recent outing the well-received A Bigger Splash. That starred Dakota Johnson, who also stars in his latest feature, here in competition: a remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria. At the press conference, Dakota Johnson talked us through some of her experience of working on the film.

Dakota with Luca Guadagnino during the press conference

ME AND LUCA – “This was my second time working with Luca so I felt I had a foundation of ease and safety and we know each other very well at this point and I feel I safe to do anything when I am in his hands. Because the film was about things I loved and still love very much, dancers and witches and magic.”

Dakota Johnson in Suspiria (Photo: Alessio Bolzoni)

FEMALE POWER – “I grew up loving these things and being fascinated by groups of women and feeling they were magical and mysterious. To have this inside look with Luca, a person I love so much and that I love working with so much was perfect. Truly a dream come true project.”

Dakota Johnson on Suspiria’s red carpet

ANALYSIS – “First of all, I was not psychoanalysed and I hope I never will be. I find sometimes when I work on a project – and I don’t have any shame in this – I am a very porous person and I absorb a lot of people’s feelings. When you’re working sometimes with dark subject matter it can stay with you and to talk to somebody really nice when the project is over can be really nice and my therapist is a really nice woman.”

Dakota Johnson with Guadagnino and Tilda Swinton in Venice

ON SET – “The experience on Suspiria’s set was not traumatic. It was the most fun, the most exhilarating, the most joyful that it could be. It’s constant mischievous and play. It didn’t send me to a psych ward! I just have a lot of feelings.”

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