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Chris Martin helping Dakota Johnson log onto Zoom might be the cutest thing you see this Monday morning


By Sarah Finnan
24th Jan 2022
Chris Martin helping Dakota Johnson log onto Zoom might be the cutest thing you see this Monday morning

Who is your favourite celebrity couple and why is it Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson?

Almost two full years into a pandemic and Dakota Johnson still doesn’t quite have the whole Zoom thing nailed down. It doesn’t seem that understanding the technicalities of the video conferencing website was as pertinent to her job/social life as it was ours. I’ve lost count of just how many Friday night quizzes I suffered through all in the hopes of feeling *something*. I don’t need to tell you though; you were there, you get it. 

Dakota, on the other hand, is not quite so well-versed in the Zoom department and while we’re all getting ready to retire our webcams once and for all, she’s only just catching up. 

Busy promoting her new movie Cha Cha Real Smooth – which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week – Dakota had a bit of trouble logging onto the meeting and had to call in tech support for assistance… which conveniently arrived in the form of her boyfriend,  Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. 

Helping her get her camera and microphone working before joining the meeting, Chris obviously doesn’t realise that everyone else is actually already on the call waiting for Johnson. Popping up to a very enthusiastic “Hello. Welcome, welcome”, Martin jumps up as soon as he sees that they’re not alone and swiftly makes for the door – flashing a wide grin at the camera and shouting “peace” as he exits. And it may just be the cutest thing you see this Monday morning. 

Notoriously private about their relationship, the couple have been together for five years now, or “quite a while” as Johnson put it. They’ve managed to keep their love life out of the limelight for the most part though – successfully avoiding paparazzi photos and sidestepping intrusive interview questions like pros. In fact, this is probably the longest interaction we’ve seen of the two, aside from that video of Chris dedicating the song “My Universe” to Dakota at a Coldplay concert last year. Also adorable, just FYI. 

“We go out sometimes,” she told Elle Magazine for their cover story on her last year, “but we both work so much that it’s nice to be at home and be cosy and private. Most of the partying takes place inside my house.”

“I feel both 48 and 26,” Johnson laughed. “I’ve had a lot of life in my life. I had a lot of life really young, so I think I feel older.” Which seems to corroborate the staying in and being cosy story. “I’m like, it’s Friday! I should get slightly f*cked up,” she joked when asked about her plans for the night. “And sometimes I do! But I’ve been working so much that drinking tea and watching TV is appealing to me.” Don’t worry, you’re not alone; it’s appealing to us too, Dakota. 

Johnson has had an exceptionally busy few months though so it’s probably rare that she actually has the time to unwind and bingewatch her favourite Netflix shows. Moving straight from The Lost Daughter to Cha Cha Real Smooth, the latter has already garnered quite a positive reaction so far. Directed by Cooper Raiff, Johnson plays Domino, a woman whose autisic daughter forms an unlikely friendship with a recent college grad at a bar mitzvah party. 

Although not a mother herself, Johnson has plenty of women to draw inspiration from, including her best friend who helped shape the role. “My best friend is a mother of two kids who are my god babies, and she’s a big part of if I have to – if I play a mother in a film, it’s a lot of watching her be a mom and asking her questions about what it really looks like, deep on the inside,” Johnson said on Sunday during a virtual Q&A session after the film’s world premiere at Sundance.

“I also grew up with a lot of siblings. I mean, I’m not a mother yet, so I don’t have my own experience to draw from, but I did have a lot of siblings and I did raise a lot of them or take care of them,” Johnson added.