Kirsten Dunst talks to Savoir Flair about losing the Golden Globe when she was just 11 years old, turning 30 next year, using movies as therapy, and why she makes a great Maid of Honor.
Having won the best actress award in Cannes, does that mean there’s a better chance of getting an Academy Award nomination?
That would be awesome. I would embrace that. Winning Cannes was pretty spectacular. I’m very grateful. If I were nominated for an Oscar, I would be even more grateful and honored; my family would be so happy and crying. It’d be great because my family really celebrates things!
Have you already chosen your dress for it?
No, I don’t want to jinx things… I’m not talking dress-wise but energy-wise, in terms of being nominated in general.
What do you recall the most when you were nominated for a Golden Globe for Interview With A Vampire when you were only 11 years old?
Well, I lost; I remember being a little kid and crying. I was a little girl, and everyone was like: “You’re going to win, you’re going to win.” I was like: “Oh, I didn’t win.” I remember we were sitting at a table with the cast of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and my Mom was saying, “Hide her face, hide her face.”
Did you cry later or right there, when they announced the winner?
Right there. Literally – they didn’t say my name and I’m crying.
Are you going to cry if you don’t win the Oscar?
No, I’m at an age where I can hold it together now.
You’re turning 30 in April. How did you spend your last birthday in your twenties?
I had such a fun party last year… It was my grandma’s 90th and we have the same birthday, so we threw a really nice party at my Mom’s house. My friends came and we had a band play, and so many people came up on stage and started singing. Not on stage exactly; we had a corner off in the backyard. That was such a fun party that I don’t really know what I would do this year.
Will it be a big change not being a twenty-something anymore?
I don’t know, hopefully not. It’s true that as you get older you feel better about yourself; not as worried about what other people think of you in general. You just get more comfortable in your skin. I welcome 30 because I still look really young (laughs).
"In all the movies that I do, I feel like I have to release some sides of myself. You bring those things out, inside of yourself, and it's fun to express those things. It's part of why I like what I do."
What is the difference between making an independent movie like Melancholia compared to a big production such as Spiderman?
On independent movies, the camera is moving, following you. We don’t even rehearse the scene, we just start shooting. It could be a scene in this room and if there’s not much light, you just figure everything out really. It doesn’t feel so planned at all. I guess this is the most unplanned movie that I’ve been on in terms of how we shoot.
What do you think about the Twilight movies compared with your own beginnings in Interview With A Vampire?
I think those movies are funny; I love them. They’re hilarious too. In the first one, there was a line like: “You’re like my own personal brand of heroin.” That’s a line. I’m like, “This is the best movie ever.”
And the new Spiderman?
I love Andrew Garfield, and I think Emma Stone is cute too. I think they’re going to be really cute in the movie, for sure. They look like they have good chemistry.
Would you have liked to appear in the new Spiderman movies, even in a small part?
I wanted to. I didn’t tell anybody, but I had an idea for Tobey and I to be just extras and who walked by in the background.
Being so close to the year 2012 and with the theme of your movie Melancholia, what would you really do if you knew the end of the world was coming?
My family and I would get together, probably, and eat a bunch of great food. We’d probably cook a great deal, and then drink some delicious champagne. I’d rather go out having had fun, and not stress about it, I guess.
Do you keep your character’s behavior when the camera is off or do you turn off the acting, too?
I was playing “Angry Birds” in my trailer. You have to self preserve. That’s part of it too. You don’t have to sit there and be depressed to play depressed. You actually should be in a good place to play depressed, I think. We moved pretty swiftly too, so there was definitely a momentum, but Lars has a great sense of humor. He’d yell out, “Stop acting.” Making a movie doesn’t have to be drudgery just because of the subject matter. There was a lot of lightness too.
Is there any reality behind the story of the movie?
No, I don’t think so. The director, Lars Von Trier, has always spoken openly about his depression, and there are scenes in this movie that are from what Lars went through. He didn’t talk much about his feelings. He talked about his depression, but he’s not an over-talker.
Is it true that in real life, you actually went to a clinic to treat your own depression?
Yeah I did, but it’s not something I wanted to talk about. It had to come out because other people were talking about it, but it’s not something I wanted to reveal myself.
Was this movie a kind of therapy for you?
Well yeah, at the end it definitely feels cathartic. It should. In all the movies that I do, I feel like I have to release some sides of myself. You bring those things out, inside of yourself, and it’s fun to express those things. It’s part of why I like what I do.
In the movie, your character doesn’t believe in marriage. Do you?
Definitely, I want to get married.
And do you picture a super wedding like the one in the movie?
No, and I would not wear a strapless dress. I’m actually in bridal mode now. My best friend is getting married, and I’m her Maid of Honor.
How good are you at programming a wedding… For someone else?
I’m a good Maid of Honor. I’m a good assistant. That’s why I don’t have an assistant myself, because I’m so on it, that no one else can be as on it as me. I’m a great Maid of Honor. I’ve already found a whole bunch of dresses online for her.
What do you think about the hollywood tradition of stars on the “Walk Of Fame”?
I think it’s nice. It’s part of the industry. It’s part of how we celebrate performances or people. Yeah, it would be really cool to have a star with my name on Hollywood Boulevard.
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