Check­ing in with KIRSTEN DUNST

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Editors' Choice -

Satire has been a big part of Kirsten Dunst’s ca­reer, and it’s cer­tainly con­tin­u­ing to be a large com­po­nent of it now.

For al­most ev­ery “Spi­der-Man” or “Bring It On,” the ac­tress has had a “Drop Dead Gor­geous” or a “Fargo” that takes a par­tic­u­larly edgy view of so­ci­ety. Her pen­chant for off-cen­ter looks at life cur­rently is demon­strated by “On Be­com­ing a God in Central Florida,” which Showtime and (in Canada) Crave 1 are pre­sent­ing Sundays. Also among its ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers, Dunst stars as a venge­ful early-1990s woman who slyly tar­gets those be­hind a pyra­mid mar­ket­ing scheme that has cost her dearly, and not only fi­nan­cially.

“I like dark com­edy,” Dunst con­firms while seated in a gar­den set­ting at a ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, Calif. “I think there are real char­ac­ters in satire. It’s not fun play­ing the in­genue or that type of role. I like play­ing some­one more real, and ever since I was young, that’s come from play­ing satire.

“This was some­thing that I im­me­di­ately thought was very unique,” Dunst adds of her cur­rent show. “I hadn’t seen any­thing like it, and I knew I would be getting to do a lot of weird things in it. For me, the weirder, the bet­ter.”

Though Dunst al­lows that her sec­ond-sea­son role in FX’s “Fargo” may have clued more peo­ple into her taste for such parts, she main­tains, “I feel like I’ve al­ways tried to do movies and tele­vi­sion that are out­side the box a lit­tle bit. I just want to be a part of good, qual­ity projects ... and to me, this (se­ries) seems like an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing more unique.”

Birth­date: April 30, 1982 Birth­place: Point Pleas­ant, N.J. Cur­rent res­i­dence: Los An­ge­les Mar­i­tal sta­tus: En­gaged to her “Fargo” co-star Jesse Ple­mons; they have a year-old son

Other tele­vi­sion cred­its in­clude: “Fargo,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Devil’s Arith­metic,” “Fif­teen and Preg­nant,” “Tower of Ter­ror,” “The Outer Lim­its,” “ER,” “Touched by an An­gel,” “The Siege at Ruby Ridge,” “Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion,” “Sis­ters” Movie cred­its in­clude: “Wood­shock,” “The Be­guiled,” “Hid­den Fig­ures,” “Mid­night Spe­cial,” “The Bling Ring,” “On the Road,” “Bach­e­lorette,” “Melan­cho­lia,” “All Good Things,” “How to Lose Friends and Alien­ate Peo­ple,” “Spi­der-Man 3,” “Marie An­toinette,” “El­iz­a­beth­town,” “Wim­ble­don,” “Spi­der-Man 2,” “Eter­nal Sun­shine of the Spot­less Mind,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” “Spi­der-Man,” “The Cat’s Meow,” “Crazy/Beau­ti­ful,” “Get Over It,” “Bring It On,” “Dick,” “The Vir­gin Sui­cides,” “Drop Dead Gor­geous,” “Small Sol­diers,” “Wag the Dog,” “Ju­manji,” “Lit­tle Women,” “In­ter­view With the Vam­pire,” “Greedy,” “The Bon­fire of the Van­i­ties”

Fa­vorite movie: “‘Paris, Texas.’ I love that movie.”

Fa­vorite tele­vi­sion se­ries: “I love ‘Bas­kets.’ ”

Fa­vorite singer: “Prob­a­bly Joni Mitchell.”

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