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Kirsten Dunst: “I’m very chill these days”

Kirsten Dunst, 30, is a lot more relaxed than she was in her earlier years, and jokes about her tortured younger days. She’s looking glamorous at the Cannes Film Festival promoting On The Road, in which she stars opposite Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart. Romantically, she is reportedly single. Her previous relationships include Jake Gyllenhaal, and musician Johnny Borrell of Razorlight. Dunst lives a low key lifestyle and lives on her own in New York.

Q: How is it coming back to Cannes after the success of Melancholia last year?

It’s nice because I’m part of the history now. I’m very grateful and it’s nice to come back and feel like you are really part of Cannes now.

Q: A member of the club.

Yeah, it feels cool. It’s a really an honour. I have always been drawn to this festival and the films that they show every year. And yeah, it’s a really nice feeling.

Q: And compared to what you had to do for Melancholia, that scene was much easier?

I don’t even have a sex scene…

Q: It was a piece of cake.

(laughs) Yeah, it was nothing. This was like, ‘oh, let’s have some fun.’

Q: I was just thinking, was there a sex scene?

Post.

Q: A post sex scene.

Yeah.

Q: As we can see from the movie, it’s kind of impossible to live with an artist. You are an artist yourself, what can you tell us about it?

I’m not an artist that indulges in like that aspect of ‘I have to be weird,’ or anything like that. I’m very normal.

Q: So if you are preparing a part, you are not unbearable?

No, no. I do drop off the radar when I’m making a movie, but the work that I do pre-movie is personal. I am not, like, ‘Don’t talk to me,’ or anything like that. (laughs)

Q: When do you take out your pen and write down things? Do you have a diary? Or do you feel the need to write things down?

I’ve gone through phases with that. When I was younger, I did more of that. I think when I was younger I was more tortured about stuff, (laughter) I’m very chill these days.

Q: You don’t have to do that anymore?

I do it with my scripts, but I don’t write. No, I don’t.

Q: What can you tell us about the comedy you mentioned?

The Bachelorette. It’s coming out I guess in August or September probably I think. It’s kind of like, The Hangover, but with girls. It’s fun. It’s Isla Fisher, me and Lizzy Caplan…

Q: A big disaster. Like Bridesmaids?

Basically. Well, obviously we are going to get compared, but it’s not like it at all. We are much darker. It’s not like, Bridesmaids. That was more of a broader comedy. This is more of a dark comedy, for sure. It kind of almost feels like a 90s movie.

Q: Do you ever meet somebody so selfish in your life as this man?

Yeah.

Q: Who?

I can’t say the name! (laughter) I’ve met two people that are as selfish as this man, yeah. Of course, yeah. I can’t say the names though. I mean, I work with a lot of personalities in this industry. (Laughs)

Q: But in your troubled youth, when you were writing down things, what were you writing about?

Lost love, poetry. I was like in Junior High aching for whoever I liked in high school. I mean, it was very dramatic.

Q: Did you write letters to them as well?

No, no. Definitely about them, but I did not have the guts to give them anything.

Q: It must have been easy.

No, I grew up as the actress in school. I never wanted to be singled out. I was afraid because as being an actress in school, you are an easy target, because you could be made fun of for movies or whatever it is. Like being on the school bus, when I was younger, I did a commercial where it was a baby that poops and pees in its diaper. It had brown liquid or yellow liquid, so they sang me the theme song on the bus. So, if you have an ego about it, you are not going to have friends, so you kind of have got to roll with the flow. I had really good friends in school and that I am still close with through Junior High and High School, all my friends are pretty much from school still.

Q: You just turned 30. How do you feel about it and how did you celebrate your birthday?

Well I now feel like people will listen to me more. (laughter)

Q: You can see it already here.

See? And also, I feel like, oh what did I do? I had a party. I had a DJ, I had a moon cut out with a star background, from like the 1920s kind of, where you can sit on the moon and get your picture taken. I did it at my mom’s house in the backyard. And we had a DJ, we had the moon thing, and then we went out to dinner on the day it was my birthday, and it was my grandma’s birthday too, so we celebrated together.

Q: You are a German citizen now?

I feel like it’s been like two years. Yes, my father is from Germany.

Q: Yeah, but why was it important for you?

You know, honestly, I feel that whenever you have a parent that is from another country, I think it’s great to have. It’s easy for travel, and even working in films in Europe it’s amazing to have, I was hired as a German for On the Road.

Q: Oh really? Are Germans cheaper than Americans?

When you get foreign financing you are only allowed a certain amount of Americans per movie. So, Viggo was hired as a Dane, (laughter) so I am as a German, Elizabeth Moss was hired as a Brit, yeah, I really think Garrett and oh, and Kristen, are maybe the only two Americans hired as American people.

Q: On a physical level, in this movie they used drugs, and had different kinds of sex just to feel something.

Right. I mean, watching that movie, everyone is smoking and…. (laughter) oh my God. But I think for my part it was very different, it was the complete opposite of what was happening in the film, so I don’t have that experience to share because I was a little bit more conservative.

Q: In real life, did you have these experiences, physical things? I’m not talking about drugs, I’m talking about experiencing things.

I’ve taken many road trips, many road trips. To be honest, I still don’t understand what those Benzos do in the film, I don’t get it at all. I still don’t get it. I’m sure it was explained it to me at some point, but I still don’t get it. They are like sipping, they are popping.

Q: You can drink it as tea…

I am so confused. It confuses me so much in that movie, I don’t understand, I don’t get it.

Q: It seems you are part of a new generation of actors in American cinema who don’t want to be a big star, but the motivation is to be a good actress and look for good parts.

Me, or just other people?

Q: Like, Kristen Stewart for example. Do you see the difference between you and the older generation?

I think everyone has different career paths and wants what they want out of their career and I think the people that I look up to of previous generations or career choices that people have made. That definitely helped me gage where I want to go with my career and do and what I think I’m capable of.

Q: Who are they?

I would say Julianne Moore, Rachel Weisz, like women that I can tell that they are also good people. They seem like just good, normal, chill people. I think there’s a certain amount of celebrity that’s great where you can still go to the grocery store, do your thing, but once you start getting into a zone of like you are gated behind steel walls and you have the chef and the assistant and the bodyguard and all that, I would never want that life. You take all the fun out of normal, everyday living.

Q: How has fame affected your life? You talked in the past about not going through a very happy time in your life because you felt the pressure?

You know, what I went through is, like maybe one day when I’m an old lady I will say why, but like it’s not really……. everyone has their thoughts of why I’m sure, but it’s not really a subject matter that I care to talk about with the public.

Q: But it’s a decision you have to make. You were just talking about the life behind walls…

Well also, I can’t afford that life. (laughter) I can’t afford that lifestyle, no way. (laughter) I can’t. Independent film? And also if you help support your family.

Q: Yeah, but as soon as you become recognized and famous people think you have to have certain things?

I think that when you are in your 20s, I did have my house very young, but then I realized like I shouldn’t have gone that way. I always had friends stay over though and stuff, but it’s a lot to be 25, and own a house. I did that, because I thought that’s what I was supposed to because I had some money to do it but in reality I would have been happier sharing an apartment with a friend. That’s the natural progression of what you are going through. So I think it’s important to strike that balance of just going with what naturally feels right to you and the age that you are, and not trying to like live a certain way because that’s what other people do and just go do your own path with that stuff.

Q: You spoke about road trips, can you speak about adventure or something nice?

I went all over America, and with some girlfriends and I actually really liked Oxford, Mississippi, they have a really cute town there and now I’m blanking on the writer that’s from there, but yeah, I love going on little adventures.

Q: Did you do any road trips in Germany as well?

I did with my dad yeah, we went to castles and medieval cities, and through the Black Forest, so we did all that kind of stuff.

Q: And are you still in touch with Lars (Von Trier)?

Yeah, I was actually going to text him, because I think he feels bad. (laughter)

Q: He needs some support.

I think he’s really disappointed because, you can’t say that, and also, he’s not….I have to be careful with my words, but he is not that person. People that know him know that, but what he did was very wrong, and he’s still I think emotionally paying for that, and I think it really upset him. He’s really upset by what he did.

Q: You are not in your 20s anymore, is there something that you have on your agenda now for the next century?

Now that I’m a 30 year old, what’s happening? Well…

Q: Kids? (laughs)

Yeah, kids.

Q: Do you think about it?

I don’t think about it like, ‘I want to have a baby!’ But I think in three years I could have a kid. Three years.

Q: One thing that we learn from the movie is that artists together as a couple, doesn’t work. It’s too exhausting.

It depends what type of people they are in their hearts. Like, you have to have a good perspective about the whole thing.

Q: But is it easier when you are with someone who knows what you are doing? And who has the same lifestyle?

I think that it can work for some people, and not for others. It depends on the person.

Q: Thinking about your upcoming movie, The Bachelorette, being out with the girls the night before the wedding. Have you done that?

I’m experiencing all this for the first time. I’m a maid of honour to my best friend this summer and we are going to Mexico for our vacation, our bachelorette party.

Q: You know everything now not to do?

Well our crew is mellow, like the last thing we want to do is (laughter), I would rather have a margarita on the beach. In Mexico, we are staying in a nice hotel. (laughter)

Q: What do you really share with Kerouac and the book?

To be honest, this was a book to me that I read because I liked a boy that liked this book. It’s more of a boy book. I was way more into Pride and Prejudice and like Sylvia Plath books, and girl poetry, it was a boy book. And I’m more of a Salinger girl too.

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