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
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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