We go on location with the star of The Secret Life of Bees, and discover her secrets for finding Southern comfort away from home.

By Rachael Ray Every Day
November 01, 2005
Dakota Fanning

6:30 a.m. We have a long drive in the morning, so my mom and I pick up breakfast on the way to the set. We usually stop by Chick-fil-A for a chicken biscuit, which is a breaded patty served on a buttermilk biscuit. Once at work, I drink a glass of ruby red grapefruit juice from the catering truck.

9:00 a.m. Shooting starts right away, but if I'm not in a scene, I'll go to school on set. I'm in 10th grade now, and I've been with the same teacher for eight years. Whenever I'm not in a film, I go to a regular high school near my home in Los Angeles.

12:00 p.m. My favorite days are when we shoot a scene with soul food because we get to eat it for lunch. We use a restaurant called Two Fat Ladies Over a Simmering Pot. They make fried chicken, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese. I'm from Georgia, so I love that stuff.

2 p.m. My co-star Queen Latifah and I play beekeepers, so we attend beekeeping school. I work with the bees and learn to take their honey frames out. It's so neat! I even have to wear head-to-toe covering. These classes help me look more comfortable in the film.

4:30 p.m. Our craft-services person makes me boiled peanuts for an afternoon snack. It's a treat because they're impossible to find in L.A. She also serves Cheerwine, which isn't real wine, of course, but is more like a Southern cherry soda.

7:00 p.m. We're filming in Wilmington, North Carolina, so after we wrap, my mom and I like to try different restaurants in town. When I'm home, my grandmother makes dinner. I love when she cooks her tacos -- she makes the filling and I make the sauce. I feel like a chef!

9:00 p.m. If it's not late, we stop at an ice cream parlor for dessert. They have delicious frozen treats, but we're chocolate people, so my mom and I go for the homemade fudge. I'm a night owl, but when I'm shooting I know it's important to get a good night's rest. I try to get to bed at a decent hour.