Dakota Fanning was crowned Homecoming Queen at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood on Saturday.
Isn’t that sweet?
The child star of “I Am Sam” and “Man on Fire,” who now plays vampire killer Jane in the “Twilight” saga, is keeping it real by attending regular high school, cheerleading, and making homecoming court for the second year in a row, this time as queen.
Or, at least, that’s how the media is trying to spin it.
I don’t mean to be cynical. But put yourself in the place of the other girls in the running for Homecoming Queen at her school.
Do we seriously think Dakota’s acting career has no impact on her popularity in high school? That her repeat appearance on the court isn’t the teeniest bit a function of her celebrity?
Granted, it could go both ways. Some people might vote for her simply because she’s an actor. Others might vote against her. But I would guess, combined with the votes of her real friends, she would normally come out on top.
It is a lovely idea, though. The child actor, returning home, living a ‘normal’ life between movies. But the Internet and television and magazines are everywhere. Dakota can’t ever truly hide from her fame. And goodness knows the public can’t, even when we try.
So when the media itself tries to sell the fairy tale, it lands with an especially loud thud.