Dakota Johnson's '50 Shades of Grey' Salary Was Surprisingly Low

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Dakota Johnson gave her everything in 50 Shades of Grey but apparently, she was underpaid.

The 32-year-old actress played Anastasia Steele, a college senior who gets caught up in a dangerous BDSM affair with young magnate Christian Grey.

The story is based on the erotic books written by E. L. James. While the movie adaptation was hated by critics, receiving a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was still a hit at the box office.

Scroll down to see how much Dakota Johson was paid for the movie.

Dakota Johnson's Low Pay

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The actress was only 24 years old when she did the movie back in 2015.

While the movie gave her the breakout role that catapulted her into stardom, Dakota wasn't really new to the industry. She had her first acting role when she was 10 in movie Crazy in Alabama.

According to reports, both Dakota Johnson and co-star Jamie Dornan were paid only $250,000 for the first film. This is surprisingly low, considering the movie earned over $560 million worldwide at the box office.

Renegotiated Contracts

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Seeing the wide gap between their salaries and the film's profits, the co-stars renegotiated their contracts.

They demanded a huge increase for the subsequent films. The actors were paid around $1 million each and also took home some share in the profits of the films.

The success of the franchise has made stars of both Johnson and Dornan. However, being attached to the sexy films also came with challenges.

Shaking Off Mr. Grey

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Jamie Dornan admitted in a GQ interview that until now, he's still trying to shake off being Christian Grey.

“Whether A Private War, Anthropoid, or Belfast or whatever comes next, the line in the press is always, ‘It’s the best thing he’s done since Fifty Shades.’ As if I am still needing to prove myself; I am still paying penance for that choice to get me back to where I was beforehand. Look, I get it, and, to be honest with you, it spurs me on. It lights a fire in me. If that means people saying, ‘Oh, actually he’s not that bad,’ well, so be it.”

Proud Of 50 Shades

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Meanwhile, Dakota has once said that she was proud of 50 Shades of Grey and isn't ashamed of the role she played.

"I'm proud of Fifty Shades of Grey," Johnson told Vogue UK.

"I don't need to distance myself from that. The more work I do, the more the general public sees the different things I can do. Do I think it opened doors? Yeah. More people know my name."