Dakota Fanning didn't expect to keep getting Tom Cruise birthday gifts

Dakota Fanning didn't expect to still be getting annual birthday gifts from Tom Cruise.

The 30-year-old actress worked with the 'Mission: Impossible' star on 2005 movie 'War of the Worlds', and while she recently revealed he bought her her first cell phone when she turned 11, she's confirmed he remembers her special day every year and told her he enjoys "checking in" with his former on-screen daughter.

Dakota told 'Entertainment Tonight': "He always sends me something every year. He gave me my first cellphone when I was 11 years old. That was my first gift from him and he's remembered it every year since then.

"I always am like, 'Maybe when I'm 18 [he will stop]?' Like that would be a normal place, you know what I mean? Or, like, 21 or whatever.

"And then he said a few years ago that he likes sort of that moment of checking in like once a year.

"It's so thoughtful, and I really appreciate it."

The 'Ocean's 8' star celebrated her milestone 30th birthday in February and feels like she's entering a new chapter.

She said: "I'm so grateful for all the opportunities that I have now at the moment and that I've had in the past.

"[I want to focus on] just being super present and enjoying it and not ever getting kind of too far ahead of myself."

Dakota can next be seen in 'The Watchers' and enjoyed the experience of working with first-time director Ishana Night Shyamalan.

She said: "She's such a wonderful person. Her spirit is so open and kind and she is really good at collaborating and loves collaborating and being with a group of people.

"So it was a very playful, collaborative environment.

"I think that's such an important quality as a director, to be kind of adaptable and [to take] in something from everybody around you on set," she added. "She definitely had her own vision and was super clear about what she wanted to do, but also it was [collaborative]."