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Dakota Johnson was Thinking About Sex When She Got the Fifty Shades Offer

Dakota Johnson was thinking about her neighbors having sex when she found out she landed the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey.

The 24-year-old actress had been recalling watching her neighbors' bedroom antics just before receiving a call informing her she would be playing Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel.

Dakota Johnson told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "The phone rang and I remember looking out of this apartment to an apartment across the street. And I was looking at all of these people in their windows. And I thought, 'How funny would it be if I were watching people having sex right now?'"

Dakota's character, the virginal Anastasia, is a college student who is seduced by sadomasochistic billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). Dakota claims she was speechless when she received the offer as she has worked hard for the coveted role.

She recalled: "They said, 'You got the offer!' and I couldn't speak. I was just so relieved. I was crying and crying. Water was literally squirting out of my eyes because I had been so stressed out, and there's this giant Doberman Pincher lying on the bed next to me. And he just slowly fell asleep. It was so special and [this dog] didn't give a f**k about me and what I was going through."

Dakota was announced to play Anastasia in September following months of speculation as to who would land the role, while Jamie was later confirmed as Christian as a replacement for Charlie Hunnam, who quit the project.

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