John / October 15th, 2015

Here’s Kirsten’s appearance on “The Talk”.

John / October 14th, 2015

Here are two video clips of Kirsten on “The Late, Late Show With James Corden” last night. U.S based fans can watch the whole show here.


John / October 13th, 2015

Here are three video clips of Kirsten on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night. U.S based fans can watch the whole show here.

Finally a quick reminder that Kirsten will be a guest on “The Late, Late Show With James Corden” on CBS this evening at 12.35 am Eastern Time, & will also be appearing on daytime chat show “The Talk” on CBS tomorrow at 2.00 pm Eastern Time.

John / October 11th, 2015

Kirsten will be a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” tomorrow (October 12th). Also appearing on the show will be comedian Nathan Fielder & electronic music duo Purity Ring. The show airs on ABC at 11.35 pm Eastern Time.

John / October 10th, 2015

Kirsten will be a guest on daytime chat show “The Talk” on October 14th. The show airs on CBS at 2.00 pm Eastern Time.

John / October 7th, 2015

Kirsten will be a guest on “The Late, Late Show With James Corden” on October 13th. Also appearing on the show will be actor Jeff Daniels & supergroup Franz Ferdinand & Sparks. The show airs on CBS at 11.35 pm Central Time & 12.35 am Eastern Time.

John / October 5th, 2015

Kirsten Dunst is queuing for her lunch when I walk into the café she has chosen for our interview.

She is not queuing in that self-consciously starry way which would draw attention to herself, complete with oversized sunglasses and a haughty expression. Nor is she queuing with the faux nonchalance of an off-duty famous person who secretly wants to be recognised. Most celebrities probably wouldn’t be queuing at all.

I don’t immediately recognise Dunst amid the lunchtime rush. Her shoulders are hunched and she is fiddling nervously with her small leather handbag, an uncertain smile on her face. In the end she’s the one who waves me over. She shakes my hand and orders a chicken salad, then suggests we sit outside. Los Angeles is in the middle of a heat wave and Dunst is wearing a navy-blue long-sleeved shirt and jeans. She doesn’t seem to mind.

This is possibly the most low-key start to any interview with an actor I’ve experienced, I say.

“Really?” She sounds surprised. “There are a few of us.” She gives an impish grin, revealing the slight irregularity of her front teeth. The planes of her face change and you are given a glimpse, suddenly, of how the angularity of her features can work on screen. When the smile fades, her face shifts back.

“There are some of us who maintain, like, not having to put on a façade. You know what I mean?” The way she speaks is almost as if she is talking to herself, trying to work things out for her own benefit. “I think that, for a lot of people, they put on their ‘interview face’ – they come in all smiles and always have the perfect answer. Maybe they’re trying to protect themselves. I just think that I’ve never been able to not be myself – it would drive me crazy if I couldn’t be. So I just, you know…” she trails off. “I don’t know. That’s all.”

There is a guilelessness to Dunst, a sort of offbeat pensiveness that makes her an interesting presence, both on screen and off. A film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle once wrote that she “beautifully balances innocence and wantonness” and, at 33, she still has that curious ability to be both womanly and childlike. Perhaps this is because she started out as a child actor – she made her feature film debut at the age of six with a minor role in Oedipus Wrecks, Woody Allen’s segment of the 1989 anthology film New York Stories, but it was her appearance in Interview with the Vampire alongside Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise at the age of 11 that garnered her worldwide attention.

From there she has gone on to star in a dazzling variety of films – from the dreamy coming-of-age movie The Virgin Suicides (1999) and the guilty-pleasure cheerleading flick Bring It On (2000) to the big-budget glitz of the Spider-Man franchise (Dunst played Mary Jane Watson in the first three films directed by Sam Raimi) and the arthouse rigour of Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011).

She is about to appear on the small screen in the second series of Channel 4’s highly lauded Fargo, loosely based on the 1996 Coen Brothers film of the same name. Dunst’s character, Peggy, is a frustrated 70s small-town wife who dreams of being a celebrity hairdresser. The first series, which starred Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, scooped three Emmys and two Golden Globes.

“Doing a television show is much, much harder work than film, because you’re doing 10 pages a day. You don’t get that many takes,” she says. “And my character does not stop talking.”

She says her technique for learning lines is “doing it a bunch of times the night before, right before bed… and then you sleep and it’s like: ‘Oh my God, it’s all in my brain.’ It’s amazing!”

Dunst believes a lot of the most interesting work now comes from television rather than film. “People don’t go to the cinema unless it’s an event any more,” she says, picking at the edges of her chicken salad. “So the movie industry is in a weird place, for sure, and the creative people are blossoming on television.”

Why is that? “There are just too many movies being made, I think. So many of them get lost. Too many cooks in the kitchen – the studio’s editing it, the producers are editing it, the director’s editing, too. But everyone has their hand in it, so whose movie is it at the end of the day?” The result, Dunst says, is too much “homogenised” fare, where creativity is suffocated by money.

“People don’t need all the money they’re using. That’s the other thing: when you have too much time, too much money, the creative starts to slip away. It just does.”

If she sounds disillusioned, it’s because Dunst has been around the block. Although barely in her 30s, she has been in 44 full-length features – and that’s not counting the short films or the TV series or the animated movies to which she has lent her voice.

It was her Swedish mother Inez, a former Lufthansa flight attendant, who decided Dunst was “destined to be an actress”. Strangers would comment in grocery stores on Dunst’s happy, outgoing nature as a child, and her parents started putting her forward for television adverts.

The family (Dunst has a younger brother, Christian) lived in New Jersey. Her German father, Klaus, was a medical services executive, but her parents separated when Dunst was 11 and her mother moved to Los Angeles, where Dunst attended the private Notre Dame High School.

She had to grow up quickly. It was “nerve-wracking” starting a new school. The same year as the move to LA, Dunst was filming Interview With the Vampire and had to kiss Brad Pitt on the lips – it was fairly chaste, but did it feel uncomfortable?

“It wasn’t like I was making out with him. It was literally: push his face towards me and give him a peck on the lips. It was nothing. But yeah, of course, I was like: ‘Don’t make me do it!’”

She’s not surprised, looking back, that her parents’ marriage didn’t work out. Her mother is “like an Italian or a Jewish mother. Her house is loud and there’s tonnes of food”, whereas her father is “pretty German. I have from him such a strong work ethic. I see how hard he is on himself, you know what I mean?” Is that something she has inherited? “I think in the past I have been really hard on myself, but only for work and to do my best. The work ethic he gave me is good, but also it’s good to relax and be proud of what you’ve done.

“Whenever I’m exhausted, I’m like: ‘God, I’m so tired, Dad…’ And he’s like: ‘That’s good, that’s good!’ I’m like: ‘No, I’m tired. I want you to say: Aw, you should take a break.’”

Later she refers in passing to her treatment for depression at a Utah rehab centre in 2008. She chose to speak out about it at the time but now prefers not to cover old territory. She looks away as she touches on it, her eyes vague and cloudy.

These days Dunst is a homebody. She has a house in Burbank, Los Angeles, which she shares with her boyfriend of four years, the actor Garrett Hedlund, and their cats. She’s so open about her desire to get married and start a family that it’s almost regressive. “That’s what I want,” she says chirpily. “And I’m 33 – I’m not going to mess around, you know what I mean? So, yes. That’s the goal.”

When I ask what her worst attribute is, Dunst thinks for a moment and replies: “I don’t cook. And I feel like guys love it when girls cook for them.”

Yes, I say, but that’s why it’s good not to cook, so that you fuck the system.

“Fuck the system, but it’s also nice to be able to cook. That doesn’t sound very feminist of me, though… But that’s the only thing [Garrett] teases me about, that I can’t cook.” Her ex-boyfriends include Jake Gyllenhaal and Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, but “every time I’ve fallen immediately in lust or whatever it is, you think it’s love, but it has always ended badly. Always. It’s always when I’ve grown to love someone that it’s a real relationship. And not fantasyland.”

Hedlund is, she says, “a very good person. He’s just kind; a kind man.” She values kindness, goodness and stability and mentions, more than once, how it has been a rootedness in her friendships and family life that has enabled her to weather the notorious fickleness of the acting business. When someone suggested she fix her crooked teeth on the set of the first Spider-Man movie, Dunst had enough self- confidence to refuse.

“I was like: ‘No, my teeth are cool!’” she says. “The biggest fault for any actor is vanity, and I’ve never fallen prey to that. I don’t think about it. Sometimes I should, because I look at myself and I’m like: ‘Urgh, I gained a little weight’ or whatever. But I think about that after the fact. When I’m acting, I just don’t care.”

We start talking about whether the pressure to look a certain way is stronger for women than it is for men. Does she think the film industry is sexist? “God. These conversations are always so, like…” She pauses and I see her actively decide to say what she really feels. “I mean, yeah,” she concludes. She recalls that, when she was filming Spider-Man at the age of 18, the older men on set – including director Raimi – would call her “Girly-girl”.

“I didn’t like that at all. I mean, I think they meant it as endearing, but at my age I took it as dismissive.” At the time she was too intimidated to speak up for herself. But recently she found herself working with the same first assistant director on another film. “I told him how much that upset me,” she says. “And he treated me completely differently on this movie and we got along really well. He’s a great guy.”

She puts down her fork and asks for the rest of her lunch to be boxed up so she can take it home. It’s probably a wise move. Like she says, she can’t cook. Besides, she’s done with being a girly-girl.

Elizabeth Day;

Fargo premieres in the U.S on FX on October 12th & in the UK on Channel 4 on October 19th.

John / August 17th, 2015

Kirsten is on the cover of the September 2015 issue of Gotham magazine which is on sale now.

The magazine features a great photoshoot by photographers René & Radka & Kirsten is interviewed by actress Julianne Moore.

Click on the pic below to see the photoshoot, read the interview & watch a behind the scenes video of the photoshoot.


John / October 8th, 2014

(Here’s my slightly ropey translation of part of Kirstens interview from the October 2014 Brazilian edition of Glamour magazine).

We went to the land of cinema for a chat with one of the main stars of this generation and found she’s even more amazing than she looks!

Kirsten Dunst, at first glance, seems to be one of those cool movie stars who was born under the spotlight. But we went to Hollywood to uncover what’s behind the pretty face who has won so many hipsters directors.

And oh, you know: she is more like any girl in her 30s than we thought. She puts her career first but is dying to have children – and shakes with excitement about the pregnancy of her friends. Gives special attention to her hair and hates her belly. Complains about the difference that the film industry has in relation to men and women, had a heavy depression, lives close to her mother. Despite the fact that at 32 years old, with a 30 year career already, and the first kiss of her life was with Brad Pitt at age 11, she is almost like a friend of our class, go!

Here are some highlights of our delightful interview for Glamour October, which is on newsstands now!

Glamour Brazil: You have maintained a very private life. You go to the grocery store, to the beach?

Kirsten Dunst: Yes, of course. It also has to do with how you behave. The older I get, the less I want attention on me. Unless it’s for professional reasons. In my personal life I can go unnoticed quite easily.

Glamour Brazil: There was a time when you thought, “My God! Look what I’ve achived (Kirsten is 32 years old with a 30 year career) I’m so proud of myself!”?

Kirsten Dunst: Um, I was pretty proud of my work on “Melancholia” (2011). I felt I had really done something new as an actress. There are few directors who write parts like that. Pedro Almodóvar, Lars von Trier [of “Melancholia”] …. Well, I can not think of anyone else who writes interesting female characters as well.

Glamour Brazil: How did you get the invitation to do “Melancholia”? Do you have to test for these things?

Kirsten Dunst: I got a call saying that Lars von Trier wanted me to do his film. It was incredible! I was filming in Montreal, we just talked on skype and rolled. And let me tell you … I’ve had to fight for characters with other actors. This time it was like … Wow, that easy! [laughs!]

Glamour Brazil: Have you had to fight for a role?

Kirsten Dunst: I had to audition for the last film in which I worked, Midnight Special, Jeff Nichols, scheduled to debut in 2015.

Glamour Brazil: Wow, an actress like you still does tests?

Kirsten Dunst: Sometimes. Believe me, I do not like it. Not fun. I hate it. But (as it was) made ​​by Jeff. Not something I normally do.

Glamour Brazil: Tell me something about the modu operandi of Hollywood that still surprises you?

Kirsten Dunst: It’s much easier to be a man in the industry. Because women undergoes many criticisms. They (men) just wear suits and all is right. Girls need to pay attention to the clothes, the hair, the look … Does she still look young? Did she gain weight when she became pregnant? We are so criticized. Nowadays it’s the same for young actors. Have a whole patrol on top… Pity! When you think about the actors of the 80s … They were the devil and nobody cared. And the 70s then? It was way cooler.

Glamour Brazil: If you had to draw a timeline of your life, what would be the most memorable moments?

Kirsten Dunst: Definitely when I moved to Los Angeles [the actress grew up in New Jersey]. I was about 10 years. My first major role was at aged 11 Getting Claudia in “Interview With the Vampire” (1994) was a great time! It was a huge role to get at that age, that changed my life forever. Well … and it was my first kiss. My first kiss was with Brad Pitt!

Glamour Brazil: Kirsten, you had depression and even spent time at a clinic in 2008 What advice would you give someone who is going through the same situation?

Kirsten Dunst: I never talk about the reasons that led to depression, but I must say, seek help as soon as possible. Go straight to the focus of the problem and cut it in the bud.

Glamour Brazil: Do you want children?

Kirsten Dunst: Very much. Two of my best friends are pregnant. Incidentally, all around me is pregnant! But I’m very traditional, so I want to get married before having babies.

Glamour Brazil: And you want a wedding with garland type (the actress is dating actor Garrett Hedlund)?

Kirsten Dunst: I do not want a big party, I prefer a little. Because of who will pay for the party … I will [laughs!]

Glamour Brazil: What is your idea of ​​paradise?

Kirsten Dunst: Being on holiday! Let’s see … In Jamaica, Bali, Brazil … are places I’ve always wanted to visit.

Glamour Brazil: Come to Brazil!

Kirsten Dunst: I need to know the island Walter [Walter Salles, who directed her in “On the Road” (2011) and has an island in Angra dos Reis] says that his family has an island paradise. He invited me to go!

(The magazine also features a lovely photoshoot of Kirsten by the Riker Brothers. I’ll get the magazine scanned as soon as I can get hold of it but in the meantime I’ve added part of the photoshoot to the gallery).


John / October 4th, 2014

There are some perks of the job Kirsten Dunst enjoys more than others, and hanging out in hotels is one of them.

“I love hotel living I am not going to lie,” she says over the phone from New York where she is doing press for The Two Faces of January, a new film based on a Patricia Highsmith novel that co-stars Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac.

“You don’t need to leave. You can do everything here. There’s a gym downstairs. It’s cosy. I can order in, and to me, there is nothing more luxurious or nice than ordering something and someone bringing it up to you.” She laughs. “I’ve even had times where I have stayed in hotels in Los Angeles just to have a vacation, or a staycation, just for two nights. You know, I can hang by the pool and order a club sandwich. And my job, since most of it is reading, I’m always happy to coop up.”

As someone who’s been acting since she was an infant — she racked up her first credit at the age of one — Dunst could look at performance as an integral part of her being, but the 32-year old says the world looks a lot different, and a lot broader, when you get older.

“I love what I do and I feel I am in a steady place right now. I think I am pretty steady. I’m there. You know? I am not the new person, but I don’t feel like I have done it all, either. I also find a lot of the opportunities that have come my way are the result of the relationships I have made, and am making, which makes everything more of a community to me,” she says.

“That’s a new feeling for me. And I feel the opportunities are exciting, so I guess I feel confident in my career but I don’t feel settled in any way.”

And how could she? Dunst is flying all over the map in terms of material, from parts in Portlandia and Anchorman 2, to Midnight Special, the new film from Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) that also stars Michael Shannon, Adam Driver and Joel Edgerton.

“You have to take chances. But I have to say, since the Spider-Man movies finished, and I just use that as a landmark, I have to say all my choices movie-wise, I’ve had a good experience on every one of them,” she says. “And more and more, it’s not so much about the role but about the people you are working with, and their talent and their commitment to the cause. Like if I don’t feel everyone is working hard to make the very best movie we can, then I’m not going to enjoy it, and if I’m not enjoying the experience, I probably won’t be any good in it.”

Fortunately, Dunst says she’s fallen in with an amazing group of friends, from the likes of Sofia Coppola to her recent turn with Mortensen and Isaac.

“This is the kind of movie where I wasn’t, like, I have to play Collette. I just loved the story and wanted to be part of telling the story. I’d wanted to work with Viggo as well. And there was an intelligent writer, and Working Title were producing, and everything about the movie was classy.”

Dunst says you have to figure out where you want to align yourself creatively, and stick to your guns.

“I made my own choices as a child actor as well, but I have more of an education in film now so my choices are different, but I have always done what I wanted to do. It’s true. Not that I got to do every movie I wanted to do. But I know what I want,” she says.

“Like recently I was asked if I wanted to do a movie in Canada in the winter time in the forest, and it was like, um, no.” Dunst laughs. “I can’t just do a movie to do a movie anymore.”

There has to be some mental meat, some deeper challenge, to make it meaningful.

“Acting can be very cathartic. I get to work out so many of my feelings and a lot of people don’t get to. I think it is very healthy in some ways. It’s almost like doing therapy. You have to access parts of yourself to figure things out, and because I do a lot of preparation by myself, by the time I step on set I feel like a racehorse ready to go.”

But you have to be careful, she says.

“I remember after doing Melancholia everyone wanted me to play all these sad girls and I just wanted to do something funny. So I did Bachelorette. I’d never played a bitch before.”

Katherine Monk,

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