In a candid interview with L’Officiel, Dakota Johnson has shed light on the challenges plaguing the film industry, expressing her frustration at the lack of willingness to take creative risks. The actress-turned-producer has offered a raw insight into the hurdles faced by those striving to bring innovative projects to fruition.
Johnson's remarks underscore a growing sentiment within the industry, with her blunt assessment painting a stark picture of the current landscape. She lamented the reluctance of studios and streaming platforms to embrace originality, citing a pervasive atmosphere of apprehension that stifles creativity.
"It’s majorly disheartening," Johnson remarked, highlighting the industry's tendency to shy away from ventures deemed too unconventional. She criticised the prevailing mindset that sidelines the insights of creative minds, warning of dire consequences if this trend persists.
“I am discovering that it’s really fucking bleak in this industry,” she said, adding, “The people who run streaming platforms don’t trust creative people or artists to know what’s going to work, and that is just going to make us implode.”
“It’s really heartbreaking. It’s just fucking so hard. It’s so hard to get anything made. All of the stuff I’m interested in making is really different, and it’s unique and it’s very forward in whatever it is.”
The actress, who co-founded TeaTime Pictures in 2019, has been actively involved in producing projects that push boundaries. Her latest endeavour, a film centred on the theme of handling grief, promises to challenge conventional narratives and offer a fresh perspective.
Despite the industry's hurdles, Johnson remains undeterred in her pursuit of meaningful storytelling. Her upcoming role in Marvel's "Madame Web" marks a departure from traditional superhero fare, with the actress emphasising the relatability of her character's journey.
Madame Web follows the story of a psychically gifted paramedic who gains insight into the future, offering a nuanced portrayal of female strength and resilience. Set for release on Feb. 14, the film boasts a stellar cast including Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, and Tahar Rahim.