The rollout of Dakota Fanning 2.0 had been going so well (aside from one rapey speedbump): first, the 14-year-old actress made a series of glamorous appearances to support her new movie, The Secret Life of Bees, then she had even Oprah eating out of the palm of her hand with a few simple giggles and a glimpse of her attempt at a normal, cheerleading life. Was Fanning poised to be that rare child star who made the transition to serious actress with a minimum of fuss? Not so much! says Rowan Woods, the director of Fanning's upcoming film Winged Creatures, who just gave an interview branding the young star as a "diva" whose scenes he had to cut:
Woods said his high profile cast was a pleasure to work with except for teenage starlet Dakota Fanning, who could be a diva on the set. She initially refused to come out of her trailer on day one of shooting because her scene wasn't filmed first, and was "intensely jealous" of her young co-star Josh Hutcherson. "Everyone was on their best behaviour on this film because they have got a `really serious Australian director who is known for his ensemble work'," Woods laughed. "(Fanning) was the only one who was naughty." Woods said while he thinks Fanning is a fine actor, on this film she didn't hit the mark. "She is a gorgeous girl ... but she was the disaster," he said. "There was something about her presence that wasn't ringing true. "Most of our work was cutting her scenes and a lot of her scenes were cut."
Say it ain't so, Dakota! Has our little girl gone from shrieking about imminent alien arrival to screaming about a Starbucks half-caf that wasn't prepared properly? We've always admired Fanning's near-Method dedication to her craft, but if she's determined to plunge herself into the role of a demanding Hollywood diva, it might be time to send Dakota Fanning 2.0 back to the shop for repairs.