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Dakota Fanning: All Grown Up And Promising To Behave

10/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dakota Fanning, the precocious child actress who help her own against Sean Penn in "I Am Sam" and who has been a big screen fixture since the 2001 film. She turned 14 in February and is currently in Toronto promoting her upcoming film, "The Secret Life Of Bees" looking like a grown up (scroll for pictures of her over the weekend).

She told Foxnews she will behave, unlike other child-turned-adult stars.

Dakota Fanning made a pledge this weekend, to this reporter. It was consummated with a handshake in front of her mother, publicist, agent and pals.

She's agreed: from now to 'til she's 18, the star of "The Secret Life of Bees" isn't going to be holding up any 7-11s, having an unwanted teen pregnancy, or getting any tattoos or piercings.

Of course, this agreement was a light hearted one, made in jest before she went into do press rounds for "Bees." But she means it. "I swear I won't do any of those things!" Dakota declared.

She's a serious actress, folks, and she knows it. Her poise and comportment in "Bees" is such a revelation that she's likely to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress this year.

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