January 04, 2012 22:32 IST
The teenage actress, who began her career when she was just six years old, has already experienced so much in her life, she is sometimes shocked when she remembers how young she still is.
She said: "I feel like I've lived a long time, but then I realise, 'Oh, I'm actually only 17."
Despite her phenomenal success, the actress went to a "completely normal high school" and has remained so down-to-earth, her friends forget about her stardom.
She told the new issue of Britain's Elle magazine: "My friends are like, 'Oh wow, I just forget that you do movies.' "
Dakota is currently single but insists she is not interested in casual relationships and thinks it is "nice" to be "courted" by guys.
She said: "I feel like people, a lot of girls, take things with guys very loosely, and I'm not like that. I mean, my parents have known each other since second grade and they've been married 22 years. I don't need to be courted but sometimes it's nice, a little bit of that."
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 star hates to think of herself as "famous" and insists she doesn't do anything outside of her career to attract attention.
She said: "I just want to be an actress. I don't really do anything attention-grabbing. Famous just sounds so pretentious. Who am I to call myself that word?"