Dakota says she was a fan of the book Charlotte's Web long before she took the part. "There have been so many stages to me reading it," she says. "When I was little I had it read aloud to me. As I got older I read it myself and then when I found out I was going to do the movie, I read it again."
Playing Fern on the big screen is a special role for Dakota because not only is Charlotte's Web one of her mom's favorite books, Fern is also her mom's favorite character. "The last fair scene I have the little yellow dress and the red ribbons," Dakota says. "And my mom was crying when she saw it on me because she had read the book so many times and seen that in there and to have me in the actual dress was really special."