Kirsten Dunst Is Not Just Another Cool Hollywood Girl
(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).