Dunst has a private connection with the public that is just as direct as when he talks to someone in real life. When she’s in conversation, she’s sincere and frank, like the kind of friend who would tell you the truth if you were wearing something horrible. It’s been over a year and a half since she last performed, and she’s candid about the fascination of all that downtime: “There’s a part of me that thinks, ‘I’ve been doing this for a long time. When can I relax? ‘
On the other hand, there is not much time to relax when you are raising two young children. As we talked, Dunst’s oldest son, 3-year-old Ennis, walked into the backyard. “Hi Bubba,” Dunst said soothingly. “Oh no, are you angry?” Ennis pouted: he didn’t want to go to swimming class because the instructor had forced him to put his head under the water. Dunst turned to me, raising an eyebrow. “This is what happens when you do an interview at your home,” he said.
At Ennis’s age, Dunst — who was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to the daughter of a medical services executive and a cabin attendant — began modeling. At age 8, he had already appeared in The bonfire of the vanities and in a short film directed by Woody Allen. “It is clear that there was something old inside me that was a little more than the typical child actor in commercials,” he said.
At age 10, that old soul helped her land the role of a precocious bloodsucker in Interview with the vampireBut later, while she was living in the Oakwood Apartments in Los Angeles – an enclave of furnished units populated mostly by child actors and their parents who act as their agents – another girl confronted her by the pool and announced that According to her agent, she would be the next Kirsten Dunst.
I had the means to say, ‘This is crazy,’ ”Dunst said. And for the next several years, even while starring in high-end movies like Little women, Jumanji and Stolen victoriesDunst was determined to maintain a normal life, a normal school experience, and normal friends. “I always felt it was pathetic to be into yourself,” she said. “I probably underestimated myself more in high school because I didn’t want anyone to mess with me.”
But nothing in Hollywood is normal, and if you’ve been working there since you were a child, it’s bound to get into you in ways that can be difficult to unravel.
In his early twenties, when he finished three Spider ManDunst had begun to feel empty. Although he had found an important collaborator in Sofia Coppola, who explored the subversive aspects of Dunst’s blonde-naive image with The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette, the filming that really satisfied her were few and far between. Acting no longer brought him joy; Too often his life’s work had become a technical task with which he felt no real connection.