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?"