Dakota Fanning has been in the movie industry since she was just a child which means that she’s had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and learn a lot from them growing up. That being said, one of the A-listers she worked with is the late Brittany Murphy and now, Dakota Fanning is opening up about what she learned from her.
During a new interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the now-26-year-old Dakota Fanning recalled some of her early years in Hollywood, more specifically, working with Brittany Murphy and what she managed to learn from the beloved actress while on the set of Uptown Girls back in 2003.
As fans know, Murphy tragically passed away about six years later, in 2009, at the age of only 32.
‘She just taught me to have fun, always. She was a ray of light and she had such a playful spirit. She made every single day special for me. She was so wonderful,’ Fanning shared with the host.
Brittany Murphy was not the only star she praised during the interview, however, Dakota Fanning going on to also talk about Tom Cruise.
Apparently, while on set of their 2005 movie War of the Worlds, Tom Cruise helped celebrate her birthday!
‘It was when Cold Stone Creamery was just kind of a thing and Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg, they brought in that marble slab on set and had he people make the ice cream for my 11th birthday. It was really fun,’ the 26-year-old told Andy Cohen.
But what got her the most ‘starstruck’ of all was appearing on Friends!
Dakota Fanning had a guest role on the beloved ‘90s show and she admitted that ‘I was very starstruck. I had met a lot of people. I had worked with Robert De Niro and with Denzel Washington, but all these people [the Friends cast] were in my living room all the time on the show and I felt like I already knew them more, so I was even more starstruck by meeting them all.’