Dakota Johnson calls cancel culture a 'downer,' says she had 'incredible time' working with Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer

Dakota Johnson
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Dakota Johnson is opening up about cancel culture.

The 32-year-old actress talked to The Hollywood Reporter about working with now-canceled actors Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and Shia LaBeouf.

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The three Hollywood stars have all been hit with claims of abuse and sexual misconduct. They have denied all accusations.

"I never experienced that firsthand from any of those people," the “Fifty Shades” star explained.

She continued: "I had an incredible time working with them; I feel sad for the loss of great artists. I feel sad for people needing help and perhaps not getting it in time. I feel sad for anyone who was harmed or hurt."

"It's just really sad," Johnson added.

She explained that she believes “people can change.”

“I want to believe in the power of a human being to change and evolve and get help and help other people. I think there's definitely a major overcorrection happening. But I do believe that there's a way for the pendulum to find the middle,” she added.

However, she acknowledged that the entertainment industry needed a bit of a shake-up in light of the #metoo movement.

"The way that studios have been run up until now, and still now, is behind. It is such an antiquated mindset of what movies should be made, who should be in them, how much people should get paid, what equality and diversity look like. Sometimes the old school needs to be moved out for the new school to come in," she explained.

"But, yeah, cancel culture is such a f****** downer. I hate that term,” she concluded.

Johnson starred opposite Depp in 2015’s “Black Mass.” She appeared alongside LaBeouf and Hammer in 2019's “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and “Wounds,” respectively. She also starred in “The Social Network” with Hammer in 2010.

Depp was accused of verbal and physical abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard, LaBeouf was sued by ex FKA twigs for abuse and sexual battery, while a woman who allegedly had an intimate relationship with Hammer while he was married accused him of sexual and emotional abuse.

While the men have largely stepped out of the spotlight following the claims, Depp spoke out about cancel culture during an event last month.

"It's so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door," the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor said at the San Sebastian Film Festival, according to Deadline.

"It takes one sentence and there's no more ground, the carpet has been pulled. It's not just me that this has happened to, it's happened to a lot of people," he continued.

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