Between traveling back and forth to be with her parents and going through several tutors and schools, it’s no surprise that Johnson hated school when she was younger. Academics aside, Johnson’s life of traveling around the world with her parents did not mix well with sitting all day behind a desk and led her to feel “like an alien” in the classroom.
Ready for the Spotlight
Johnson’s parents were not initially thrilled with her decision to follow in their footsteps into the acting world. In an interview with AnOther magazine, Johnson says, “At first my parents were like, ‘No way!’ But I think they knew they didn’t really have an option.” As Johnson discovered her love for theater and applied to Juilliard (she was rejected but happy about it), her parents came on board and supported her fully.
Johnson’s “big break moment” came in 2006 when she served as Miss Golden Globe. Miss or Mr. Golden Globe, or the Golden Globe Ambassador as the title is now called, assists in the Golden Globe ceremonies by handing out awards and leading the winners offstage. The position is almost always given to a child of a celebrity. In fact, Griffith was Miss Golden Globe in 1975. Johnson and Griffith are the only mother-daughter combo to have had the honor.
Some fans may have recognized Johnson before she put handcuffs on, in the sitcom Ben & Kate starring Nat Faxon, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, and Johnson. The show was about a single mom raising her daughter while living with her brother. Although the show developed a loyal fan base, it didn’t make it to season two.
Call of the Wild
Johnson is an outspoken animal rights activist who is particularly passionate about horses. In 2014, she donated almost $8,000 to Pantelleria Equestrian Center in Italy to save the lives of a group of horses. Her love and desire to protect animals are further traits she’s inherited from her grandmother, who started a big cats animal sanctuary called Shambala in California.
Johnson’s BFF may not have old family connections to Hollywood, but she does hail from rock royalty. Riley Keough is the granddaughter of the legendary King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. The daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, Keough has ventured into acting and modeling herself, notably as the star of the series The Girlfriend Experience, produced by Steven Soderbergh.