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John / March 11th, 2022

I’ve added to the gallery another promotional still & two behind the scenes pics for ‘The Power of the Dog’.



John / March 6th, 2022

Here’s Kirsten & the main cast & crew at a Q&A event for ‘The Power of the Dog’ on February 26th.



John / February 22nd, 2022

Like her director, Jane Campion, Kirsten Dunst liked to take naps during filming breaks on The Power of the Dog. “I’ve become resentful of the morning, which is really bad for an actress, because we wake up so early for work,” Dunst says. “The older I get, the grumpier I am – so that nap at lunch is way more important. I’d rather shove food in my mouth while I’m getting my makeup or hair retouched than waste that time not napping.”

Words of wisdom, I came to realize near the end of our conversation over Zoom, from an actor who’s learned how she prefers to operate in this business. Dunst, 39, was already a consistently working actor before she turned 10 years old. As a child, she stole scenes from the likes of Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise (Interview With the Vampire); into adulthood, she served as the muse for one of the aughts’ most exciting breakout directors, Sofia Coppola, and won major awards for everything from art house cinema (Melancholia) to prestige TV (Fargo). Yet 2021 felt like the year her place in the industry crystallized, with her stunning supporting turn in Campion’s Western masterpiece. After decades of great work, The Power of the Dog has earned Dunst her first Oscar nomination.

Is napping what got her here? Surely not – but also, maybe, just a little bit. She brought to Power’s shoot about 50 feature-film credits’ worth of experience – of honing her craft, of navigating sets, of acting before a wide range of directors. “Because I grew up in this industry and had to learn about movies while I was making movies – and what I liked about performances and movies – I had to grow into myself as an actress,” she says. Campion, Dunst continues, creates a unique space for actors to do their best work. Dunst knew what she needed to do, and she had the freedom to do it. Naps included.

“She just says whatever she’s feeling and thinking,” Campion tells me of Dunst. “It’s really a blessing.”

Her performance in The Power of the Dog has snuck up on me each time I’ve watched the movie. The ’20s-set film concerns her character Rose’s arrival on the Burbank ranch in hilly Montana, run by her mild-mannered new husband, George (Jesse Plemons, Dunst’s real-life partner), and his mysteriously cruel brother, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch). Rose walks into more of a nightmare than a fairy tale – a kind of psychological thriller in which she can’t escape Phil’s web of rage. She’s recovering from tragedy too: She’s a widow, and her tight bond with son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) indicates they’ve been through hell and back. Dunst plays it all quietly on her face: hope, pain, grief, depression, and a subtle resilience through even Rose’s darkest moments.

These aren’t always the easiest modes to play. We meet Rose as capable and self-sufficient, running a busy restaurant and raising her oddball son, before she descends into alcoholism and withdraws from everyday life. Dunst carefully “mapped out” Rose’s decline in her portrayal, maintaining the character’s wit and agency throughout. “It was a really intense part to play emotionally,” she says. “It’s not a fun place to live inside of myself, but I’m also proud to be able to release that into Rose. The response to that has been really rewarding. It’s moved people.”

Campion recalls shooting the first scene where Rose takes a drink, at a dinner party gone mortifyingly awry. She directed Dunst to have a few sips earlier in the evening, but was challenged. “[Kirsten] said, ‘No, no, I really want Rose only to drink at the end, or everyone will think that she’s just a big drinker,’” the director tells me. “And she was absolutely right about it. We set it up that the drink was there, and then at the end, she guzzles it.” Watching the sequence, you get why Dunst insisted on that. It’s overbearing. You see a woman trapped, unable to cope; she chugs the cocktail fast and long enough to break your heart.

“It doesn’t feel like, ‘Oh, we’re movie acting,’” Dunst says of working with Campion. “It feels like it’s happening in real life rather than performative…she wants things to live and breathe and that’s some of my favorite acting.” Dunst also appreciated Campion’s bluntness. (“I don’t want to stand around and talk about things for hours.”) A crucial final-act scene finds Rose, drunkenly but also determinedly, undermining Phil, and she’s at her most emotional by the end of it. Dunst remembers finishing one take, still teary, and Campion suggesting, simply, “Okay, well now let’s try one, but more drunk.” Happily, Dunst took the note.

The Power of the Dog was Dunst’s first film credit in four years. She’s had two children with Plemons since 2017’s The Beguiled, but the slowdown also reflects a certain change in philosophy. When I relay to Dunst that, in the early 2000s, it was typical for her to appear in four films in a single year, she’s taken aback. “That’s a lot! Slow your roll, Kirsten,” she cracks to her younger self. “Now, one movie a year is plenty for me.”

But what was going on back then? “There’s definitely a mentality of, ‘You’re making money, you’re doing good, keep working,’” she says. “I was making sure everyone else was happy, and I didn’t really make it so much for myself. I didn’t know how to navigate that relationship between the director and me, where I didn’t feel like I was just trying to get it right for them rather than fully experiencing it for myself.” She takes a pause. “It was becoming not fun anymore.” For the 2010 romantic drama All Good Things, costarring Ryan Gosling, Dunst hunted for an acting teacher until she found the one best suited to her methods. She discovered a new way of doing what she loved, and started having fun again (and also, making movies less frequently).

The next year, Dunst starred in Melancholia, for which she won Cannes’s prestigious best-actress prize and seemingly graduated to a new phase of her career. (Campion says it’s the performance that made her want to cast Dunst in Power.) The Lars von Trier drama, which brilliantly explores depression on a world-ending scale, found Dunst at her most expressive and commanding. “It just felt so vulnerable and open and everyone was very collaborative,” she says. “It was a cozy set. I know that sounds weird, but it was!”

She speaks about The Power of the Dog in a similar way, crediting a level of behind-the-scenes trust and camaraderie that allows her to let go and reveal her best work. She considers the welcoming environments Coppola fostered too, having appeared in her movies across three different decades, from adolescence to adulthood. (“Always having Sofia to go back to was good for my confidence as a woman in this industry,” she says.) Put simply, Dunst has worked with many of Hollywood’s best, in terms of exploring dark, painful material on sets that were comfortable, forgiving, and encouraging.

Still, the roles aren’t always easy to shake off. “It’s not like I wanted to bring Rose home or live in Rose, but it does seep into your life until the movie is over, it does. It just – it has to,” Dunst says. Maybe more so here, given the weight of the material: “I questioned myself more and I was way more insecure. Like, ‘Did I get that right?’” Going to and from set with her “best friend” in Plemons, though, helped matters: “I had him to come home to, and he totally understood everything I was talking about.”

But now Power is over, and Dunst is an Oscar nominee – a thrilling moment for a veteran actor entering another new chapter. “It’s so rare to be in a good movie that everyone likes – that’s lightning in a bottle,” she says. “I know how special this time is.” As she looks ahead, she sounds as excited as an actor just getting their first big break. “It opens new doors for me,” she says with a smile. It’s a testament to Dunst’s singular talent that, despite so many iconic performances already to her name, there’s only room to grow.

David Canfield, Vanity Fair



John / February 20th, 2022

Here’s a video of Kirsten talking to director & screenwriter Alexander Payne about ‘The Power of the Dog’.



John / February 8th, 2022

Kirsten Dunst was in full mom mode when she learned about her first Oscar nomination for “The Power of the Dog.”

“I was watching the (announcement) livestream on my phone and I guess mine was behind, because my manager called me and was like, ‘You got nominated!’ ” Dunst told USA TODAY shortly after Tuesday’s nominations, where she is up for best supporting actress. “He was crying and I was crying. I was just in bed with my kids watching cartoons. I think they freaked out a little bit because they were like, ‘Why is Mommy crying?’ “

In a happy twist, Dunst’s fiancé Jesse Plemons, her “Power of the Dog” co-star, earned a surprise nod for best supporting actor, too.

When Plemons got nominated, “I screamed,” Dunst recalls. “It was like I could release my joy more with Jesse’s nomination than my own even, for some reason? I just can’t believe that we both got nominated together for the same movie. It sounds like an old-fashioned thing that wouldn’t happen now, you know what I mean? Like the Old Hollywood days of, ‘Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were nominated…” (Laughs.) It feels amazing to have that as a family and for our families. Everyone is so excited.”

“The Power of the Dog” leads this year’s Oscar nods with 12 including best picture and best director (Jane Campion), as well as additional acting noms for Benedict Cumberbatch, in best actor, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, in best supporting actor.

Plemons, 33, first worked with Dunst, 39, in FX anthology series “Fargo” in 2015 and the two started dating not long after. They now share two children: Ennis, 3, and James, 9 months.

Dunst and Plemons are currently in Austin, Texas, where he is shooting HBO Max series “Love & Death.” Plemons was on set when nominations were announced, although Dunst FaceTimed him when they got the news.

Although they have no set plans to celebrate, “maybe we can go out and get a drink or something, if he doesn’t have to work tomorrow,” Dunst says.

Despite critically acclaimed performances in “Melancholia,” “The Virgin Suicides” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” this marks the first Oscar nomination for Dunst, who was 11 years old when she co-starred with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994’s “Interview with the Vampire.”

“I’m proud of what I’ve done in my life and it just feels really nice to be acknowledged by the actors in the academy,” says Dunst, who also voted for Plemons. “This kind of thing doesn’t happen very often in someone’s career: to be a part of a movie that everyone gets behind. And then to have all of us be nominated, it’s just insane. It’s not normal.

“And the fact that we get to take this ride with Jane Campion,” who made Oscar history Tuesday as the first woman to be nominated twice for best director (after 1993’s “The Piano”). “To be by her side during this excitement has been one of the best parts for me.”

Of this year’s other nominees, Dunst says she’s most excited for Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age dramedy “Licorice Pizza,” which received nods for best picture, director and original screenplay.

“It was one of my favorite movies of the year,” Dunst says. “The opening Nina Simone song with (Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman) getting to know each other? That’s filmmaking to me. I so enjoyed myself watching that movie.”

Patrick Ryan, USA Today

Fantastic news. I was beginning to think that Kirsten would miss out on a nomination yet again. Really pleased that Jesse got nominated as well. You can see the full list of Oscar nominees here.



John / February 6th, 2022

I’ve added more promotional stills from ‘The Power of the Dog’ to the gallery.



John / January 24th, 2022

I’ve added to the gallery screencaps from the ‘Behind The Scenes’ featurette for The Power of the Dog.



John / January 20th, 2022

Here’s a short behind the scenes video for ‘The Power of the Dog’.



John / January 12th, 2022

Kirsten has been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role’ category for the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be held on Sunday 27th February at The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. You can view the full list of nominees here.



John / January 10th, 2022

There was no Golden Globe for Kirsten at last nights low-key awards ceremony. Ariana DeBose won the ‘Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture’ award for her role in ‘West Side Story’.

‘The Power of the Dog’ did win ‘Best Picture – Drama’, Jane Campion won ‘Best Director – Motion Picture’, & Kodi Smit-McPhee won ‘Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture’.



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