Dakota Fanning recalls the best advice she got from Brittany Murphy: 'She was so wonderful'

Rasha Ali
USA TODAY

While working on "Uptown Girls" with late actress Brittany MurphyDakota Fanning recalled some words with that have stuck with the star to this day.

During an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" Wednesday, Fanning was asked about the best advice she had gotten from Murphy while co-starring in the 2003 comedy.

"She just taught me to always have fun, she was such a ray of light and had such a playful spirit, so I think just — she made every day special for me. She was so wonderful," Fanning said. 

Murphy died in December 2009 at 32 after collapsing at her Hollywood home. The Los Angeles coroner's office ruled the cause of "Clueless" actress' death  as pneumonia and anemia.

Cohen also asked Fanning about her favorite character on "Friends" and about her experience working on the show. Fanning, now 26, appeared in  the 2004 episode "The One With Princess Consuela" in the show's tenth and final season. She played Mackenzie, the daughter of a couple who lives in the home Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) were buying. 

Fanning said even though she'd worked with the likes of Denzel Washington and Robert De Niro, she was mostly in awe on the set. 

"Meeting all of them, I was like really starstruck," Fanning said. "These people were in my living room all the time on the show, so I felt like I knew them more so I was even more starstruck by meeting them all."

Speaking of Denzel and De Niro, Cohen also asked Fanning which actor had the most "warm and fuzzy paternal vibe" on set. (Tom Cruise was also in the mix.)

"All in their own way, I think Tom was — well Bob De Niro too, I had a birthday on both of those sets and they went above and beyond," Fanning said. "It was when Cold Stone Creamery was just sort of a thing and Tom and Steven Spielberg brought in the marble slab on set and had the people making the ice cream for my 11th birthday."

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