Like Charlie Hunnam, Dakota Johnson Having "Tough" Time With Fifty Shades of Grey Fame, Source Says

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By Marc Malkin Oct 14, 2013 10:42 PMTags
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Charlie Hunnam may not be the only person uncomfortable with all the attention he's received because of Fifty Shades of Grey.

A source tells me Dakota Johnson is also feeling the pressure.

"Dakota is having a very hard time dealing with all the press," the source said. "When she first got the role, it was way too much for her."

The source said that Johnson went from being a virtual unknown to someone "everyone wants a piece of."

"It's been tough," the source said. A rep for Johnson declined to comment for this story.

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As we all know by now, Hunnam, 33, dropped out of playing Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of the sex-filled book just this past weekend.

"The filmmakers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey," Universal Pictures and Focus Features said in a joint statement obtained by E! News. (E! Online is a member of the NBCUniversal family.)

However, sources have since told E! News that the spotlight may be the real reason.

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"More than anything he hates attention and being in Fifty Shades of Grey would force him to do lots of media," one source said. "That's really not his thing. Charlie doesn't want to be massively famous. Plus, he hates conforming and being told what to do. This role would force him to have to be something he is not."

Hunnam told E! News in September, "It's a big responsibility."

Johnson is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. The 24-year-old actress had a small part in Social Network and most recently costarred on the Fox comedy series, Ben and Kate.

"My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades!!! Look out world!" Griffith tweeted when her daughter landed the role. "Here she comes!!! #proudmama."