Dakota Johnson Talks New Movie and Directing a Coldplay Video, Plus: Quarantine Depression

Dakota Johnson Talks New Movie and Directing a Coldplay Video, Plus: Quarantine Depression

Dakota Johnson has a new movie debuting during quarantine!

The actress is starring alongside Tracee Ellis Ross in the comedy “The High Note,” which will premiere on streaming platforms May 29.

Johnson opened up to “Extra’s” Cheslie Kryst about her role in the film, and what it was like co-directing a video for Coldplay. On a more serious note, she also discussed depression in quarantine.

Speaking about depression, Johnson said, “You are at home, you're not with your friends, you're not with your family, you are not able to do the things that make you feel worthwhile…You're kind of in this costume of depression… Right now, there's also immense pain and sadness ricocheting around the world constantly so it's hard to feel totally positive all day every day when the world is sad, it’s dangerous and it’s scary and it’s lonely.”

Johnson went on, “Meditation or going for a walk, being kind to your body… Those little things make a difference ultimately.”

Dakota shared what she’s been up to, saying, “I've been reading a lot and watching a lot of movies and working on production stuff, trying to be productive.”

Before the pandemic, Johnson co-directed the “Cry Cry Cry” music video for Coldplay, saying, “That experience was just pretty dreamy. I am so grateful I was given the opportunity… I was working with such incredible artists in every department… I felt extremely privileged to make that video.”

Now, she’s starring in “The High Note” as an assistant with musical aspirations working for a big-time singer played by Ross.

Johnson gushed over Tracee, saying, “She’s so smart and genuine and hysterical and has a really incredible work ethic, it’s a nice energy to be around on set.”

Explaining the evolution of her character, she continued, “Maggie starts as an assistant to a big time singer… Maggie is a really talented musician herself… She wants to write and produce music… She takes some big risks… She does a bit of lying along the way, and manipulating and messing up.”