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There have been a lot of celebrity breakups lately, and Dakota Fanning is included in that mix. She recently split with her model boyfriend Jamie Strachan, and her feelings about being back on the dating scene are super relatable. In an issue of Town & Country, Fanning opened up about her disdain for first dates in particular.

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We second that! Makes total sense, Dakota. It’s hard to relax and be yourself on a first date when you’re trying to make a good impression, find out about the other person, and see if there’s any love connection.

Fanning maintains quite a private image, so it’s no wonder that she prefers to meet potential dates through trustworthy people she knows. It’s a vetting process, after all!

In the same interview, Fanning talks about this preconceived notion that she’s a ‘perfect child,’ because she’s been acting professionally (and successfully, might we add!) for more than half her life.

We love how Fanning is able to look at her situation in a practical sense; her authenticity and honesty about these tricky subjects is one of the reasons why we dig her so much.

Continue being yourself Dakota, and love (or maybe even just a nice first date!) will surely follow.