Before They Were Stars: Elle Fanning as a Young Dakota Fanning in “I Am Sam”

Dakota Fanning’s younger sister, Elle Fanning, has built herself a solid acting career in recent years and could potentially surpass her sibling’s fame someday. However, it’s interesting to think that Elle made her screen debut playing a younger version of Dakota. Of course, Dakota Fanning’s breakthrough role was her acclaimed performance in I Am Sam, but there’s a very brief flashback sequence in the film which shows her character when she was just a toddler. At the age of 2 years and 8 months, Elle Fanning wound up entering the world of acting to play the younger version of her sister.

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