Sofia Coppola met her muse Kirsten Dunst in 1998. The actress was just 16 at the time, & the 27-year-old daughter of Francis Ford Coppola was about to make her directorial debut with “The Virgin Suicides,” based on a novel that she loved. Dunst was so innocent, she brought her mom along to chaperone their initial conversation. “I was a little nervous,” she says. “It was my first adult role!”
So much of Hollywood is filtered through the male gaze. But Coppola, who tells stories from the perspectives of her heroines, immediately put Dunst at ease. “She was always a good influence on me as a young woman,” Dunst says, recalling a compliment that Coppola once paid her that she never forgot. “She said to me, ‘I love your teeth; don’t ever fix your teeth.’ I remember doing a ‘Spider-Man’ movie later, and one of the producers was like, ‘I need to take you to the dentist!’ They even fixed my teeth on the poster. But I just knew I was never doing that. Sofia is the chicest, coolest girl, and she thinks my teeth are great.” At the risk of sounding “a little corny,” Dunst adds, “She gave me confidence in little things that I wouldn’t necessarily have had.”
Coppola & Dunst are the rare female duo in an industry ruled by men and notable for director-actor teams like Marty & Leo, Spielberg & Hanks, Tarantino & Samuel L. Jackson. These two women have fostered an unbreakable bond over the past two decades and four movies. “I feel big-sisterly to her,” Coppola says, sipping a mint tea near her home in New York, where she raises her two kids.
Both spent their formative years on movie sets — one as a young actress (“Interview With the Vampire,” “Little Women,” “Jumanji”), the other as the observant daughter of a famous director. After 1999’s “Virgin Suicides,” they reteamed on Coppola’s 2006 period drama “Marie Antoinette.” Dunst even popped up seven years later in a cameo in “The Bling Ring,” as herself. And now the two are headed to Cannes with Coppola’s latest endeavor “The Beguiled,” a Southern gothic thriller that will premiere at the film festival later this month & debut in theaters June 23.
When Coppola first met with Dunst for “The Virgin Suicides,” she was drawn to a particular quality — a depth beneath her all-American-girl looks. For “Marie Antoinette,” which Coppola wrote with Dunst in mind, she liked that her actress could blend in with the 18th-century corsets and wigs. “She has a German background,” Dunst says. “She’s part of that world.”
Coppola decided to cast Dunst against type in “The Beguiled,” as a shy teacher at a girls’ school who befriends a wounded Civil War soldier (Colin Farrell) taking shelter there. “I like casting her in this because it’s so opposite her personality,” Coppola says. “This character is so oppressed and she’s not at all.”
All these years later, Coppola, 46, still feels protective of Dunst, 35. When it came to directing a love scene between Dunst & Farrell, Coppola wanted to make sure Dunst was comfortable. She kept it short, and both actors kept their clothes on. “Having that sex scene with Colin is so not Sofia’s style, even though it’s brief,” Dunst says. “She gets embarrassed for me, which is funny because she’s my director.”
The ease & respect the two share was evident at their Variety photo shoot at the Houdini Estate in Laurel Canyon. They bantered nonstop, as they cracked each other up between shots. Just as the session was about to begin, Dunst noticed they were wearing nearly identical gold watches, & in a sweetly deferential gesture, she took hers off & handed it to an assistant.
When Coppola suggested that Dunst lose some weight for her role in “Beguiled,” the actress pushed back. But she said her director was very understanding. “It’s so much harder when you’re 35 & hate working out,” Dunst says. She even used the shoot’s location—in rural Louisiana—as an excuse. “I’m eating fried chicken & McDonald’s before work. So I’m like, ‘We have no options! I’m sorry I can’t lose weight for this role.’”
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
The May 2016 issue of British InStyle magazine is on sale now. The magazine features a really interesting interview with Kirsten & a fabulous photoshoot of Kirsten photographed by Jenny Gage & Tom Betterton.
You can read part of the interview at Instyle.co.uk. To see the complete interview & feature pick up a copy of the magazine instore today. A digital edition is also available through Apple Newsstand.
Kirsten is on the cover of the May 2016 UK issue of InStyle magazine. The magazine features a fabulous photoshoot of Kirsten & an interesting interview with her. The magazine goes on sale on March 31st.
I’ve added the magazine cover to the gallery & you can see the rest of the photoshoot & read part of the interview here. (The article incorrectly says this is Kirstens debut InStyle UK cover, in fact she was also on the November 2006 cover).
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.
Kirsten is on the cover of the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of UK magazine “The Gentlewoman”. The magazine goes on sale on February 19th & I’ve added the magazine cover to the gallery. (Based on the cover photo it looks like the magazine will feature Kirsten’s photoshoot that was held in Los Angeles last month).
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.”
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).
Here’s a great video of Kirsten & Cervando’s photoshoot.
Entertainment Weekly have just published their annual “Reunions Issue”. It features new interviews & photoshoots with the main casts of the TV series “Felicity” & “Family Ties”, & the films “Misery”, *Muriel’s Wedding”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, & (last but definitely not least!) “Bring It On”.
The Bring It On reunion features Kirsten, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union, & Jesse Metcalfe.
Entertainment Weekly have also released a video of the Bring It On reunion & you can watch it here.
This morning “The Today Show” also had a feature with the Bring It On reunion cast & you can watch that here.