Everything you need to know about Dakota Johnson’s famous family

When Dakota Johnson stepped out onto the famed Saturday Night Live studio stage there were familiar voices among the chorus of cheers.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star returned for the second time to host the US sketch show, delivering a monologue that poked fun at herself – both as an adult and a child.

“I have a new movie coming out, it’s called Madame Web. It’s in the Marvel Universe and also stars Sydney Sweeney so it’s kind of like if AI generated your boyfriend’s perfect movie,” the actress joked.

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Dakota Johnson delivering her monologue on SNL in January 2024.

“I’ve been doing a lot of press of it, and I’m just not good at talking to journalists. I think the big problem is that I say stuff and then they write it down and it’s really unfair because most of the time I’m joking.”

She quipped that not taking interviews seriously was something that started for her at an early age. She then showed a video of herself as a seven-year-old on the red carpet with her father, US actor Don Johnson, in the 1990s.

In the clip, the younger Johnson can be seen rolling her eyes as her father speaks.

When the camera cut back to the 34-year-old actress, she hilariously mimicked the eye-roll while laughing. Among those in the audience joining in the chuckle was likely other members of Johnson’s famous family.

Who are Dakota Johnson’s parents?

Dakota Johnson and dad Don Johnson attend the How To Be Single New York premiere in 2016.

Dakota Johnson is the daughter of film and TV stars Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson.

Griffith, who has retired from acting, was a model and It girl in the 80s and 90s. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1998 film Working Girl.

Don is best known for his role as Sonny Crockett in the 80s Miami Vice series.

Griffith and Don first met in 1972 on the set of the film The Harrad Experiment. She was 14 at the time and he was 22.

“We were in the stairwell of this Anheuser-Busch Estate waiting for a setup,” Griffiths recounted to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We started chitchatting. I thought he was the most beautiful person I’d ever seen.”

Griffith’s mother, Hollywood icon Tippi Hedren, was also starring in the film and expressed “sheer panic” when her daughter fell for an older man.

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Dakota Johnson and Melanie Griffith.

“How do you handle that? There was a very strong attachment between the two of them,” she said.

Griffith and Don married in 1976 when the Body Double star was 18. The couple separated after six months.

They went their separate ways before reconnecting and then remarrying in 1989. That same year they welcomed daughter Dakota.

The couple would split five years later.

Who is Dakota Johnson’s grandmother?

US actress Tippi Hedren in a scene from the 1963 film The Birds.

Dakota is the granddaughter of Hollywood icon Tippi Hedren.

The retired model and film star made her film debut in the now cult classic The Birds by acclaimed director and screenwriter Alfred Hitchcock.

Hedren, real name Nathalie Kay, has appeared in more than 80 film and TV projects across her career.

Outside of film, Hedren is known for her animal rights activism through her Roar Foundation and the animal sanctuary, Shambala Preserve.

She famously shared her home in the 1970s with her family and a 180kg lion named Neil.

Dakota Johnson, Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Stella Banderas attend the 22nd Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards on October 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Who are Dakota Johnson’s siblings?

Dakota has six siblings from her parents respective marriages.

Jesse, her eldest brother, was born in 1982 to Don and actor Patti D’Arbanville.

Alexander was born in 1985 and is Dakota’s brother from her mother’s eight year relationship to actor Steven Bauer.

Dakota has a younger sister Stella from her mother’s 19-year marriage to Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. Stella was born in 1996.

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She also has another sister, Atherton ‘Grace’ and two brothers, Jasper and Deacon from her father’s relationship with wife Kelley Phleger.

How is Dakota Johnson related to Antonio Banderas?

Dakota is not technically related to the Spanish actor and director.

Banderas is the The High Note star’s step-father from his 19-year marriage to her mother. Despite her mother and Banderas separating, they continue to share a bond.

“My stepfather Antonio Banderas burst into our lives,” Dakota said while presenting him with the Hollywood Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Awards in 2019.

“He was so vibrant and so fun and so funny, and his English was abstract.

“We found it absolutely amazing. He loved my mother and my siblings and I so fiercely, and so big and so loud, that it would change all of our lives forever.

“Antonio taught me about true passion and discipline.”

Is Dakota Johnson close to her family?

Yes, by all accounts Dakota and her family remain close.

Her father Don has posted photos of himself and his children sharing family time together while Griffith and Banderas were in the audience for Dakota’s SNL hosting gig.

Dakota also calls Banderas, Paponio – a combination of Papi and Antonio.

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50 Shades of Grey (2015)

Did Dakota Johnson’s parents watch Fifty Shades of Grey?

The short answer, no.

In a 2018 interview with People, Don said he hadn’t seen the 2015 film and didn’t plan to.

“I would never see that,” he said.

“I wouldn’t see that even if she wasn’t in it. It’s not my kind of thing. As a father, there are certain images that you don’t need in your head.”

A few years earlier in 2015, Griffiths was asked about the film on the 2015 Oscars’ red carpet and she replied she wouldn’t watch it because she thought “it would be strange”.

Split image of Coldplay singer Chris Martin and US actress Dakota Johnson.

Who is Dakota Johnson’s husband?

Dakota has never been married and she does not have any children.

She has been in long-term relationships with musician Noah Gersh and actor Jordan Masteron.

She has been in a relationship with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin since 2017.