Kirsten visited this week (Jan 5) the James Corden show, as part of the Hidden Figures promotional tour. She joined on stage with Zoe Saldana and Jamie Foxx, and the official Late Late Show youtube channel has posted a few excerpts of her interview.
LA Times’ The Envelope did a series of video interviews with some Emmy contenders, and they have the video published on their website. They also published additional talking on their website, which you can read below.
We hadn’t seen you much before “Fargo.” Had you made a conscious decision to take something of a break?
I’m someone who waits. And my manager will be like, “You need to work! Look at this script!” But I can’t do it. I physically can’t do it. I think it’s because I’ve been working so long that I’m kind of at a normal person’s retirement age.
You’ve been acting for 30 years …
I started when I was 3 and I just turned 34. I should be a retiree! I’m tired! I’m not hustling. I’m happy to spend my summer off and then work with Sofia [Coppola] in the fall. Do I need to squeeze another project in there? No!
The projects you have made lately have been independent films …
… which don’t pay much. And no one sees. That was what was amazing about “Fargo.” My mom’s saying, “I went to Bloomingdale’s and everyone’s telling me how much they loved ‘Fargo.’” It’s been awhile since anyone has said anything to her.
No Lars von Trier fans in her circle?
[Laughs] I remember I went to that same Bloomingdale’s at the Fashion Square mall in the Valley and I was perusing the shoe section and one of the women came up to me, sweetly, but also curt too, saying, “I miss you in film.” And meanwhile I had done “Melancholia.” I had done films, just not the kind normal audiences would ever seek out and see. So doing “Fargo” was such a relief. People were actually seeing my work.
You spent six months filming “Fargo” in Calgary. Allison Tolman told me Bob Odenkirk was a great advance scout in the first season, finding the bookstore and the good restaurants …
Oh, I found the good restaurant. Model Milk. Such an odd name. We also found the casino. I won a lot of money! I love gambling, but I’m not bad with my money at all. I will take like $300, put it aside and only gamble with that. I’m very conservative. If I win, I walk away for sure. And I won over $1,000 in under two minutes playing slots.
No wonder you don’t need to work. You can fall back on gambling!
[Laughs] I’m not that big of a gambler! I gambled twice over the course of the past year.
It sounds like watching “Fargo” was something of a family activity with you and your mom and your brother.
My only wish is that my grandma could have seen it. She’s from Minnesota and she passed away before I did all this. That was the most heartbreaking thing for me watching it. My grandma would have gotten such a kick out of “Fargo.” We were very close. I was born on her birthday.
Did you incorporate her at all in your work on the show?
Oh, I used everything. A little dash of my grandmother. My dreams. Things that annoy me. People on set. I used everything possible to give my character an inner life that felt grounded. But it’s not like I felt my grandmother’s presence on set. I did have one blatant moment with her though … with a hummingbird. I was driving home from a friend’s house and this hummingbird was in the middle of the street and it wouldn’t move. And it forced me to stop my car. I drove home and told my mom what happened because that’s not in the nature of a hummingbird to do that. They’re always dashing around. And my mom realized that it was the day my grandma passed. So I think it was my grandma saying “hi.”
Check some portraits she took during the interview added in our gallery.
While in London to promote “Midnight Special”, Kirsten visited the ITV show Lorraine. Watch her interview below and check some promotional images in our gallery.
As we posted before, Kirsten was guest at BBC’s The Graham Norton Show to promote Midnight Special. The episode aired last night in the UK and other guest were actress Jessica Chastain, actor Chris Hemsworth, actor Stephen Mangan and artist/actor Raleigh Ritchie.
We have added the HD screencaptures in our gallery, and our partner site Jessica Chastain Network has the interview added in their website.
Variety and PBS SoCal have announced the line-up for the fourth installment of their awards season series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” Available to stream on Variety.com, the new “Actors on Actors” season will feature one-on-one discussions between this year’s Emmy contenders.
This year’s conversations, which will be printed in the June 7 issue of Variety, will include Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Bobby Cannavale (“Vinyl”), Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Scream Queens”), Kirsten Dunst (“Fargo”), Jay Duplass (“Transparent”), Billy Eichner (“Difficult People”), Sam Heughan (“Outlander”), Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”), Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”), Lady Gaga (“American Horror Story”), Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue”), Rob Lowe (“Grinder”), Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”), Aaron Paul (“The Path”), Sarah Paulson (“American Crime Story”), Krysten Ritter (“Jessica Jones”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”), Patrick Stewart (“Blunt Talk”), John Travolta (“American Crime Story”), Courtney B. Vance (“American Crime Story”) and Kerry Washington (“Confirmation”).
PBS SoCal will premiere the segment in two episodes, one on June 12 and the other on June 19.
EW has published a great interview with Kirsten, in order of the last Fargo episode.
This is the first time you’ve done a TV series — how was it different from acting in films?
When I was little I’d done ER and some pilots, but nothing like this. It was hard for me, because you’d have different directors, whereas in a movie you just have one man in command and that’s it. So that was interesting. At one point I worked with three different directors in one day, which I had to get used to.
What drew you to Peggy’s character? Did you get to read her entire arc before signing on?
I actually only got two scripts before I took the part, but just from the description, I knew that whatever Peggy’s trajectory was going to be, she was going to be really fun to play. I did try and ask Noah [Hawley, EP] to tell me what happens to her, and he didn’t tell me the whole truth. He wanted there to be an element of mystery for me.
Any fave Peggy lines?
I feel like everyone likes the flying saucer line a lot, but I love when Dodd is watching Jesse and I in bed, and I make Jesse put that thing over his head because he’s watching us.
Read the full interview at EW.com
What’s going on with Jeff Nichols’ John Carpenter-esque “Midnight Special” you ask? Well, after being dated for November of this year, Warner Bros. pushed the film back to March 18, 2016. In a recent Nerdist podcast Kirsten revealed she will be in Austin, Texas with the film in March. The SXSW Film Festival runs from March 11-19, so it probably will makes its world premiere in Austin just a few days before its March 18th release.
The official announcement won’t come until 2016, probably sometime in February after the buzz around Sundance has quieted. However, Dunst also said she’ll likely be in Park City, but for a completely different reason. She revealed that is currently co-writing a 1950s-set screenplay based on a book (of which she will not reveal the title) that she hopes to make her feature-length directorial debut. Dunst has already directed two shorts, one that starred Winona Ryder called “Welcome” from 2007, and “Bastard” in 2010. Dunst wouldn’t reveal details on the book but suggested it wasn’t a piece of fiction or traditional narrative she was adapting. The project it still in early days and she will be in Sundance looking for financing. Listen the podcast: