Dakota Fanning finds dating "horrific".

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning

The 22-year-old actress is currently single and she admits she doesn't like the idea of being in a relationship.

She told Town & Country magazine: "I find dates, in general, horrific. We have to sit there and ask these questions and pretend to eat a meal, and it just feels so stiff.

"The way I prefer to meet someone is through a friend because that means the person is most likely not a freak."

Meanwhile, the 'War of the Worlds' star recently revealed she used to get turned down for jobs because she was "different looking".

She said: "I was always able to decipher what mattered from what didn't. I would go on so many commercial auditions and I would hardly ever get them, because they would always pick the girl with the really long hair. I had short hair and was different looking. And I would say, 'You know, they probably just really wanted someone with brown hair, or longer hair.' And my mum would say, 'You're probably right.'"

And Dakota also praised her parents for keeping her grounded.

She added: "My parents, even before I started doing this, were the kind of parents who expected a certain behaviour and focus in life. Manners were important and so was respect for adults: that was taught to me from birth. And that became a sense of professionalism, as I started to understand the decorum of movie sets: have respect for the people who are trying to help you. When you're a kid, you are so impressionable. And you're soaking up the focus of the set."

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