Dakota Fanning Says She’d Choose Having Kids Over Her Career If Forced To Pick: ‘Probably More Important To Me’

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Famous actress Dakota Fanning said if she had to choose between her career and having children, she’d pick motherhood.

The 30-year-old “Ripley” star said she has been careful throughout her career to always leave enough space for herself to be able to pursue motherhood.

“Being an actor is a huge part of my identity. I don’t really know who I am without it. But I also have a desire to set up my life and career so that I always have a choice,” Fanning said in a recent interview with Porter. “Having kids is probably more important to me than anything, even being an actor. If somebody said I had to choose, I would choose having kids.”

Dakota Fanning attends Emmy For Your Consideration Red Carpet Event For TNT’s “The Alienist” – Red Carpet at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on May 23, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images

Fanning went on to describe to Porter the emotional connection she feels when thinking about starting a family of her own one day.

Despite seeing great success in her Hollywood career, that is a stronger force than her love for acting.

“I’m one of those people who has always felt that pull,” she told the outlet.

Dakota Fanning attends the Marc Jacobs Runway 2024 Show at the Park Avenue Armory on February 02, 2024 in New York City. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs

Actress Dakota Fanning of ‘The Last Of Robin Hood’ poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Fanning isn’t sure when she is going to be able to start a family, or what demands will be on her career at that time, she told Porter. The famous actress admitted she’s not even sure how much she will want to work, when she embarks on motherhood.

The actress told the outlet she is throwing herself into every opportunity now, to prepare for the possibility of stepping away in the future.

Actress Dakota Fanning attends the “Night Moves” premiere at Sunshine Landmark on May 20, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Actress Dakota Fanning attends the Valentino show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

“I’m trying to push myself to keep saying yes to things that make me uncomfortable, to keep going to places for long periods of time that maybe I’m scared to do because — God willing — one day, it won’t be as easy,” she said, according to Porter.(RELATED: Lily Allen Says Her Children Ruined Her Career)

Fanning is best known for her roles in her roles in “Uptown Girls” and “The Twilight Saga.”