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What Dakota Johnson's latest role taught her about life

January 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Dakota Johnson's latest role in the poignant film "Our Friend" taught her life lessons she plans to carry with her.

(CNN)Dakota Johnson's latest role in the poignant film "Our Friend" taught her life lessons she plans to carry with her.

Johnson plays Nicole Teague in the film, based on a true story about a woman's arduous battle with cancer and the emotional toll it took on her family and friends.

Based off of an essay her husband, Matthew Teague [Casey Affleck] wrote in 2015 for Esquire Magazine, "Our Friend" is about how the couple's best friend, Dane [Jason Segel] dropped everything in his own life to care for them during their struggle.

"The thing that I pulled most from this film was how you show up for other people," Johnson told CNN in a recent interview.

In Nicole's case, you do everything that you can and then it's not going to save her life but it did save everyone else's life. "

"I cared more about the performance being authentic than being exactly like Nicole . . .

The part about playing someone who's dying, part of Nicole's journey is she becomes very aware of everything going on around her and really focuses on absorbing life, her husband and her children . . .

We were in a small town, we spent so much time together that you know it was easy to feel things, because we all really cared. "

Johnson says she realizes that the film's subject matter is "heavy" but says its message is one she hopes encourages viewers to step up for each other in times of challenge.

"It's a heavy subject but there's a lot of levity and that's life.

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