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John / June 23rd, 2016

Kirsten Dunst and Patrick Wilson were on opposite ends of the law in the second season of “Fargo.” But Noah Hawley’s acclaimed crime-thriller had a common effect on their careers, putting them back squarely in the mainstream.

Dunst’s repressed Minnesota housewife on “Fargo” hoarded beauty magazines, owned grand dreams that sometimes turned into weird visions and acted out in strange, often scary ways.

“She’s nuts,” Dunst says, laughing.

The versatile actress visited The Envelope recently for a video interview to talk about “Fargo” and her career, part of our series of Emmy season conversations. We so enjoyed the conversation that we asked her to stick around a bit. Here are excerpts from what Dunst said after the cameras were turned off.

We hadn’t seen you much before “Fargo.” Had you made a conscious decision to take something of a break?

I’m someone who waits. And my manager will be like, “You need to work! Look at this script!” But I can’t do it. I physically can’t do it. I think it’s because I’ve been working so long that I’m kind of at a normal person’s retirement age.

You’ve been acting for 30 years …

I started when I was 3 and I just turned 34. I should be a retiree! I’m tired! I’m not hustling. I’m happy to spend my summer off and then work with Sofia [Coppola] in the fall. Do I need to squeeze another project in there? No!

The projects you have made lately have been independent films …

… which don’t pay much. And no one sees. That was what was amazing about “Fargo.” My mom’s saying, “I went to Bloomingdale’s and everyone’s telling me how much they loved ‘Fargo.’” It’s been awhile since anyone has said anything to her.

No Lars von Trier fans in her circle?

[Laughs] I remember I went to that same Bloomingdale’s at the Fashion Square mall in the Valley and I was perusing the shoe section and one of the women came up to me, sweetly, but also curt too, saying, “I miss you in film.” And meanwhile I had done “Melancholia.” I had done films, just not the kind normal audiences would ever seek out and see. So doing “Fargo” was such a relief. People were actually seeing my work.

You spent six months filming “Fargo” in Calgary. Allison Tolman told me Bob Odenkirk was a great advance scout in the first season, finding the bookstore and the good restaurants …

Oh, I found the good restaurant. Model Milk. Such an odd name. We also found the casino. I won a lot of money! I love gambling, but I’m not bad with my money at all. I will take like $300, put it aside and only gamble with that. I’m very conservative. If I win, I walk away for sure. And I won over $1,000 in under two minutes playing slots.

No wonder you don’t need to work. You can fall back on gambling!

[Laughs] I’m not that big of a gambler! I gambled twice over the course of the past year.

It sounds like watching “Fargo” was something of a family activity with you and your mom and your brother.

My only wish is that my grandma could have seen it. She’s from Minnesota and she passed away before I did all this. That was the most heartbreaking thing for me watching it. My grandma would have gotten such a kick out of “Fargo.” We were very close. I was born on her birthday.

Did you incorporate her at all in your work on the show?

Oh, I used everything. A little dash of my grandmother. My dreams. Things that annoy me. People on set. I used everything possible to give my character an inner life that felt grounded. But it’s not like I felt my grandmother’s presence on set. I did have one blatant moment with her though … with a hummingbird. I was driving home from a friend’s house and this hummingbird was in the middle of the street and it wouldn’t move. And it forced me to stop my car. I drove home and told my mom what happened because that’s not in the nature of a hummingbird to do that. They’re always dashing around. And my mom realized that it was the day my grandma passed. So I think it was my grandma saying “hi.”

Glenn Whipp, latimes.com

I’ve added a gorgeous pic of Kirsten taken by Los Angeles Times photographer Kirk McKoy to the gallery.

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John / June 9th, 2016

Here’s the video of Kirsten in conversation with “Mr Robot” actor Rami Malek for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series.



John / May 27th, 2016

Earlier today Kirsten took part in a live interview on Facebook with Glenn Whipp from the Los Angeles Times. The interview focused on “Fargo Season 2” but they also briefly talked about Kirsten’s time in Cannes & her upcoming movie projects. You can watch the video here.

Thanks to condsadrishtayn for the link to the video.



John / May 18th, 2016

In March The Hollywood Reporter held a roundtable with actresses Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Julianna Margulies, Sarah Paulson, Kirsten Dunst, Regina King & Constance Zimmer. The May 27th issue of “The Hollwood Reporter” magazine will feature their discussion & photoshoots of all seven actresses.

You can read part of the discussion, see some of the beautiful photoshoot pics, & watch videos of the roundtable discussion at hollywoodreporter.com

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John / May 15th, 2016

Hi everyone. Apologies that most of the website has been offline since yesterday. I’m still not totally sure what happened but we’ve finally got it fixed. Anyway here’s a short video interview with Kirsten talking about being a member of the Palme d’Or Jury.

 



John / April 17th, 2016

On April 2nd Kirsten & “Mr Robot” actor Rami Malek filmed their segment for Season 4 of “Variety Studios Actors on Actors” series. This is a series of candid conversations between leading actors from this seasons most acclaimed television programs. The two episode series will air on PBS SoCal on June 12th & 19th at 7.00 pm (Kirsten & Rami’s conversation will feature in episode 2). The June 7th issue of Variety magazine will also feature the conversation. More details can be found here & here.

As you may know Kirsten & Rami are friends & they both attended Notre Dame High School (Rami graduated a year before Kirsten).

I’ve added some pics of Kirsten & Rami at the filming to the gallery.

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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.



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