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
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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.