In "Hide and Seek," Dakota Fanning plays Emily Callaway, a young girl who starts playing with an imaginary friend named Charlie as a way of dealing with her mother's sudden death. Lots of kids have imaginary friends but Emily's new buddy's behavior takes a terrifying turn not usually associated with imaginary playmates. It's up to Emily's dad (De Niro) to figure out what's going on and who exactly is Charlie?
After finishing "Hide and Seek," Fanning began work on "War of the Worlds" and "Dreamer" with Kurt Russell, and has "Charlotte's Web" lined up as one of her next projects. And speaking of "War of the Worlds," if Spielberg's trying to keep what's happening on the set a closely guarded secret, he couldn't have selected a more close-mouthed young actress. Mention "War of the Worlds" and Fanning graciously sidesteps answering with anything other than the most generic of responses. Other than admitting they're filming it right now and that Tom Cruise is "so nice and amazing," Fanning smiled and giggled her way out of disclosing too much information.
INTERVIEW WITH DAKOTA FANNING ('Emily'):
You've worked with a lot of major stars. Whats it like to work with Robert De Niro?
Oh, its unbelievable. We just had so many wonderful times working with him. I just cant actually believe I did it.
Youve said that you learn a lot from every actor you work with. What did you pick up from De Niro?
Yes. Hes just such a focused actor and yet hes so giving to the other actors. I mean, hes one of the acting icons acting legends and its such an honor.
What do De Niro do that helped you as an actor?
When he acts, hes just so unbelievable. I think that really helps another actor.
You had to change up your looks for this role. Whatd you think about the darker hair color?
(Laughing) I did! Oh, I loved it. I loved wearing the wig. It was awesome.
Do you like thrillers? Is this the type of movie youd go see?
Definitely. You know, I hadnt really done a movie like this before so it was really exciting.
I understand you got scared while you were reading the script. Did someone read it with you in case it got too scary?
No. I read it and when I saw it, I was scared. I was like, I think Im going to go downstairs where everybody else is. But it was an awesome script and I wanted to do it immediately.
Did you ever get scared on the set?
I was scared when I saw it. I was like screaming. Elisabeth [Shue] and I saw it together and we were screaming together (laughing).
Youve also got Charlottes Web coming up. Will that be with live animals?
Yes, we are going to have [live animals]. And theres some wonderful voices that are doing the animals. [We start] at the end of March.