John / April 11th, 2016

Here are four radio interviews that Kirsten did during her whistle-stop UK promotional tour for “Midnight Special” on March 31st. First up is Kirsten being interviewed on the BBC “Radio 1 Breakfast Show” (Kirsten’s interview starts at 1 hour 35 minutes). Next is her interview on “Steve Wright in the Afternoon” on BBC Radio 2 (the interview was broadcast on the April 5th show). Kirsten was also interviewed by guest host Nemone on the “Lauren Laverne” show on BBC Radio 6 Music (Kirsten’s interview starts at 2 hours 8 minutes). Finally Kirsten was interviewed on the “Edith Bowman at Breakfast” show on Virgin Radio (the interview was broadcast on the April 6th show).

I’ve also added pics of Kirsten at all four radio shows to the gallery.

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John / April 1st, 2016

Kirsten was a guest on this mornings edition of “Lorraine” where she was interviewed by host Fiona Phillips (I believe the show was recorded yesterday). Here’s a video of most of the interview & you can watch the full version here.

 



John / March 18th, 2016

For the last of our interviews with the key players behind this weekend’s “Midnight Special ” we finish up with perhaps the film’s biggest star, who, though crucial, actually has one of its smaller roles. But Kirsten Dunst, who plays the mother of the supernaturally-gifted boy Alton, who is reunited with him on the run when he and his father Roy (Shannon) escape from the cult (called The Ranch) that they all used to belong to, has always pursued a strange kind of stardom. Her emergence as a Hollywood player (breaking out in “Interview with the Vampire,” starring in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” blockbuster series and more) never quite eclipsed her career as an indie sweetheart.

That parallel track really took off with Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides” and since then, Dunst has worked with a wide range of independent and arthouse talents, like Michel Gondry, Cameron Crowe, Walter Salles and Lars Von Trier. It seems a very filmmaker-led strategy, so when we met her at the Berlin International Film Festival after the premiere of “Midnight Special,” that’s where we started.

Your role in this film is not huge, as your character is simply not the main focus. So why did you take it — was it the lure of Jeff Nichols?

That’s exactly it. I will do anything with a good filmmaker. I really didn’t even need to read anything, it’s really all about the filmmaker to me. You want to feel like you’re working, with the director and the other actors involved, towards a common, creative, meaningful experience. Not every movie is like that and I knew that I would get that this time.

So sure, I was the lead in my last movie and I’m not the lead in this one, it’s like, who cares? As long as you are doing something you think is good it doesn’t matter.

So in general your decisions are based on who you get to work with, rather than the project itself?

Well, you know I worked with Leslye Headland [on “Bachelorette”] who was a first-time director… I do take risks too. But I like finding things that I feel I can help my life in a way. And I could never be an actress that does that same thing over and over again — I would be so bored. I would hate this job!

You didn’t find working on “Fargo” season 2 to be too repetitious or boring then?

No — that was hard work. You don’t get a lot of takes, two takes and move on. The way they cram the schedule, you really do a lot in one day. It doesn’t look like that when you watch it, but… seriously the amount of money and time that we had, it looks like we had so much more than was given. It’s really amazing to me. Yeah, it was hard work that show, and I talked a lot. I hate having so many lines!

So you must have been happy to play one of those stoic Jeff Nichols characters here…

Oh yes, but this came before “Fargo,” for me, like a year before.

Ah, of course. So your voice was rested.

Exactly! I love movies where I don’t have to talk. I’m great at silent acting.

But you know, I think this movie isn’t really about the performances. I mean, when you watch a great movie you don’t think “He was amazing!” “She was amazing!” You just watch it and you’re like, wow, “That was amazing,” and I think that’s this kind of movie.

I think that’s very true here, and part of it is that no one is playing the standard archetype of their role. Your character, Sarah, for example, is a very unusual, relatively unseen take on motherhood.

Oohh, I like that… an unusual take. You have a good perspective! Are you a mom? I’m not a mom either, but I like your whole depiction of this role.

It’s just that she can be quite hard-headed and unsentimental, and has been separated from her son for some time.

You know what’s interesting, though — I think she got thrown off The Ranch [the name of the cult Sarah, Roy and Alton previously belonged to], because she wouldn’t let her child be taken. I mean, they lie and say she “abandoned” him, but really the head guy kicked her out because he wanted to raise her son as his own son. [This meshes with what Nichols told us about a prologue scene he conceived of but never shot]. And she can’t call the cops or anything because the kid’s life would be ruined, he’d be a science experiment.

So she lives with the love of The Ranch too. Jeff and I discussed how Sarah was probably into drugs or something, and The Ranch saved her, plus she met Roy there. That’s why I think she keeps her hair in that braid, there’s a love/hate with The Ranch. Even her house on the outside, where there’s barely any furniture — it’s not like she’d really cared about it, it was bare minimum, she was living such a sad life.

But also, I’ve met people before who have had such heavy trauma in their life that there’s almost something a little bit… angelic about them. They’re so kind and appreciative of every moment they’re living and I feel like Sarah’s like that, she’s a little saintly, like a Mary. That’s how I depicted her.

So you saw the film as at least partially a religious allegory?

Well, Jeff will say the movie’s very anti-religion! And I’m like, but your major characters — you’ve got Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and you’ve got the disciple, how can you say that? I mean, even if you’re not religious, something seeped through there. But he doesn’t take it as that. And I guess it also shows how The Ranch, being a religion too, can manipulate people and brainwash them — it’s just various different perspectives. And I think it’s cool that it raises the questions of what else is out there and that we can’t be the only things around.

I suppose as the writer/director it’s his prerogative to interpret it differently. And you yourself are primed to make your directorial debut soon, isn’t that so?

Not very soon — I would think that it could get rolling end of this year or next year. Next year would be better, but you never know. I’ve finished writing it, and I think they’re gonna announce it soon.

I’ve read that it’s a kind of dark comedy?

Well, hmm. It’s like, I just like movies that are funny when they shouldn’t be. So there’s a little bit of that. It’s not a dark comedy, though there’s an element of that — if you knew the thing that I was adapting, you might be like wow, that is absolutely nothing like a dark comedy!

But you won’t tell us what it is!

I know, I know! I can’t. But they’re gonna announce it soon, I think. And I will say that I don’t want it to be just some “little indie.” I want it to be a… bigger movie.

Quite a few — maybe all — of the roles you’ve chosen over the years have a dark element to them. Is that what draws you to them?

You know, it’s funny because I don’t watch movies like that — the movies I watch are like, “Trainwreck” and “Straight Outta Compton.” But I like being in the darker movies — I guess I like expressing myself that way, but usually my entertainment is different. Though, wait, I’ve watched pretty much every movie this year, so actually that’s not true at all.

Oh you have? So what have been your standouts?

I like “Mustang” a lot. Obviously there’s a ‘Virgin Suicides’ influence there, but she did it in her own way, a really beautiful way, I loved that movie. And — I couldn’t get through it all, because it was making me physically ill — did you watch “Son of Saul”? Oh my God. I mean, I was so impressed by it, but then I was like I can’t do this right now, this is a little intense for me.

So what’s coming next for you?

Next I did a movie with my girlfriends who do a fashion line called Rodarte, that will come out this year [This is Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s “Woodshock,” co-starring Pilou Asbaek and Lorelei Linklater]. They showed a trailer for sales here, and it is going to be something special, I think.

And then I’m probably going to work with Sofia [Coppola] again this year. [This seems a tentative confirmation of a report we ran back in August of last year] So when people say there are actors who won’t work with female directors… hey there! Hello!

And you’re going to be one soon too.

Yeah, and there’s a lot of good female roles in that movie too…

“Midnight Special” opens today.

Jessica Kiang; The Playlist



John / March 9th, 2016

Todays edition of “Good Morning America” featured this pre-recorded interview with Kirsten.



John / March 8th, 2016

This morning AOL BUILD held a “Midnight Special” interview in New York. Kirsten, director Jeff Nichols, & co-stars Joel Edgerton & Jaeden Lieberher took part in the interview which you can watch here.



John / February 23rd, 2016

Kirsten is on the cover of the March 2016 issue of “C California Style” magazine. The magazine features a stunning photoshoot of Kirsten by photographer Alexei Hay & an interesting interview. I’ve added the magazine cover to the gallery & you can read the interview & see the rest of the photoshoot at magazinec.com.

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John / January 13th, 2016

Into The Gloss have posted a really interesting interview with makeup artist Pati Dubroff who talks about how she worked with Kirsten to create her fabulous Golden Globes look. There are some nice pics too.



John / December 11th, 2015

This morning Golden Globe nominees Kirsten Dunst & Patrick Wilson were interviewed about their roles in “Fargo” as part of the AOL BUILD Series. It’s a really good interview & You can watch the video here.



John / November 11th, 2015

To say that Kirsten Dunst and her longtime hairstylist, Cervando Maldonado, have a close relationship would be an understatement. The pair, who are featured in THR’s 2015 Beauty Issue, behave more like BFFs than a client/professional duo.

Cervando has such good energy — it’s chill with us,” says Dunst behind the scenes at their photo shoot, where they posed arm-in-arm and with a cuddly cat.

“This industry can create a lot of unneeded chaos, so it’s nice when you know somebody and they get you,” she added.

The stylist, who works in the Goddard-Bragg salon and also counts Naomi Watts and Rachel McAdams among his clients, mused, “We collaborate and work together — it’s about both of us coming together and creating something.”

In THR’s Beauty Issue, the ‘Fargo’ actress discusses the moment that made her hairstylist exclaim, “Let’s cut this shit off!” — which comes in at No. 15 on our list of Hollywood’s Top Beauty Moments of 2015.

Kirsten Dunst’s “It” haircut is No. 15 on THR’s list of Hollywood’s Top Beauty Moments of 2015.

When: Her summer cut has been making waves ever since she got it on Aug. 12.

Why It Matters: Last year’s pixies and long bobs morphed into wobs (wavy bobs) with Dunst’s being the gold standard: natural, sexy, modern.

Must-Have Product: Oribe Curl by Definition Creme

After months of contemplating a cut, the Fargo actress lopped off 10 inches of long blond hair, resulting in a chin-grazing bob that flaunts her natural wavy texture while showcasing the year’s “It” style: “I had bleached my hair the year before, and Cervando was like, ‘Let’s cut this shit off!’ ” Dunst tells THR.

The 33-year-old’s longtime hair stylist, Cervando Maldonado, who did the chop, says actresses are craving “a short cut that’s still casual, sexy and loose,” especially when it comes to wearing elaborate red-carpet gowns. Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway (both have grown-out pixies) as well as hairstylist Mark Townsend’s clients Rachel McAdams, Dakota Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen also are sporting the style.

“Kirsten’s so beautiful and can wear any style, but I like her with a bob — it suits her face very well,” says Maldonado. His key for “defining waves and getting pieciness” is Oribe Curl by Definition Creme: “It’s about a bob with Brigitte Bardot texture.”

Sam Reed; The Hollywood Reporter.

The above article is from the Novenber 20th “Beauty Issue” of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The issue also features a great photoshoot of Kirsten & Cervando Maldonado by photographer Brigitte Sire. I’ve added some fabulous pics from the photoshoot to the gallery (credit to Brigitte Sire & The Hollywood Reporter for use of them).

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Here’s a great video of Kirsten & Cervando’s photoshoot.

 



John / October 23rd, 2015

What’s going on with Jeff Nichols’ John Carpenter-esque “Midnight Special” you ask? Well, after being dated for November of this year, Warner Bros. pushed the film back to March 18, 2016. Some watercooler talk around The Playlist noted its the date this was all of one week ahead of the studio’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which doesn’t really give it much time to succeed or pick up an audience because WB will be 100% focused on their mega-franchise — easily their most important film of 2016.

However, we may have found an answer to WB’s release date reasoning for dropping “Midnight Special” in March. Kirsten Dunst, one of the co-stars in Nichols’ film, is currently promoting season two of “Fargo,” and she revealed on a recent Nerdist podcast that she will be in Austin, Texas with the film in March. The SXSW Film Festival runs from March 11-19, so if it makes its world premiere in Austin just a few days before its March 18th release, well, that makes perfect sense. SXSW is very indie/genre friendly, which is exactly what Nichols’ sci-fi-ish is. The director also lives in Austin, so it all just feels very much like a natural fit.

The official announcement won’t come until 2016, probably sometime in February after the buzz around Sundance has quieted. However, Dunst also said she’ll likely be in Park City, but for a completely different reason.

The actress revealed that she is currently co-writing a 1950s-set screenplay based on a book (of which she will not reveal the title) that she hopes to make her feature-length directorial debut. Dunst has already directed two shorts, one that starred Winona Ryder called “Welcome” from 2007, and “Bastard” in 2010. Dunst wouldn’t reveal details on the book but suggested it wasn’t a piece of fiction or traditional narrative she was adapting.

“It’s based on a book, but… it really could make it any way you [wanted],” she teased. “It’s the kind of book that — it could be so, so didactic and bad or you could really make a life of something [from it]. So you really need to make your own scenes up.”

“It’s a book that most women have read,” she continued. “I’m approaching it in a funny way. It’s going to be a dark comedy and I already have my actress — I’ve wanted to direct for a long time.” It sort of sounds like some kind of guide, manual or how-to book, but who knows really.

The “Fargo” actress says she’s still looking for financing, so she or her producers will likely go to Sundance to work on that. Dunst says the project is still in its “early days,” so in the meantime, we’ll just have to keep patient for “Midnight Special.”

Edward Davis, The Playlist



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