Dunst pegged for TV

Kirsten Dunst joins the flood of movie stars head­ing for the small screen – and her char­ac­ter may be a so­ciopath, writes MICHELE MANELIS

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IT’S not that Kirsten Dunst has been on a self-im­posed ex­ile from Hol­ly­wood, it’s just she can af­ford to be choosy.

Pri­mar­ily known for roles in crit­i­cally ac­claimed dramas Eter­nal Sun­shine of the Spot­less Mind and Me­lan­cho­lia, and as Mary-Jane Wat­son in the Spi­der-Man tril­ogy, she says, “I’m very par­tic­u­lar about what I take on, so I’ll wait a year if I don’t like what scripts I’m read­ing”.

“But I did On The Road two years ago and I have Mid­night Spe­cial (co-star­ring Joel Edger­ton) out next year.”

Dunst, 33, tran­si­tions to the small screen as Peggy in sea­son two of com­edy-drama an­thol­ogy Fargo, in­spired by the 1996 Os­car-win­ning film of the same name.

“There’s a lot of en­ergy, it takes a lot to play some­one like Peggy be­cause she’s all over the place,” Dunst says.

With movie stars reg­u­larly pop­ping up on the small screen, Dunst didn’t hes­i­tate to fol­low in the path of Matthew McConaughey, Clive Owen and Meryl Streep.

“The lines be­tween TV and film have blurred,” she says.

“To me it was just about choos­ing a great project with­out even think­ing, ‘I am do­ing TV now’, or ‘I am do­ing film now’. It’s just about, ‘Is this a great role?’.”

Fargo’s sec­ond sea­son is a pre­quel set in 1979 and fea­tures a new cast which in­cludes Pa­trick Wil­son, Ted Dan­son, Jesse Ple­mons and Jean Smart.

Peggy Blomquist is a small-town, mid-western hair­dresser – who may or may not be a so­ciopath – and is go­ing through a voy­age of self-dis­cov­ery.

“Peggy is hav­ing a ma­jor per­sonal cri­sis. She re­ally doesn’t want to be stuck in this town but there’s also a part of her that finds it very com­fort­able,” Dunst says.

“She was raised there and un­der­stands that way of life. She’s putting every­thing on hold for Life­spring, this course she re­ally wants to do be­cause she thinks it will en­able her to have every­thing she wants in life.”

Dunst lives in Los An­ge­les and started her ca­reer at six, in a short film by Woody Allen, Oedi­pus Wrecks.

Her break­through role came at age 12 when she co-starred op­po­site Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in In­ter­view with the Vam­pire.

“I’ve been to a lot of pre­mieres in my life but that is still the big­gest one. It was just in­sane,” she says.

Dunst is rarely seen at red car­pet events and doesn’t fre­quent night­clubs, opt­ing for a low pro­file.

She spends her off-time with boyfriend of four years Gar­rett Hed­lund, with whom she co-starred in On the Road.

Dunst’s ro­man­tic his­tory in­cludes a re­la­tion­ship with Jake Gyl­len­haal from 2002 to 2004, as well as with Or­lando Bloom, in 2005, when they co-starred in El­iz­a­beth­town.

Char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally tightlipped about her per­sonal life, she in­sists it is “bor­ing”. But when asked about her hopes for the fu­ture, she con­sid­ers, “Well, I would like to have chil­dren one day”.

She smiles, adding play­fully, “Not now, but maybe in the next three or four years.”

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