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Trivia
  • Was a Ford model as a child.
  • Beat out Christina Ricci for roles in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) and Little Women (1994).
  • Attended the Anne Rice’s Memnoch Ball in New Orleans in 1995.
  • One of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People of 1995.
  • Parents are separated. She lives with her mother Inez, and brother Christian in Southern California.
  • She is working on her own production company with her mother called “Wooden Spoon Productions”. The name symbolizes women and creativity. It was inspired by her grandmother, who used wooden spoons to keep her in line when she was a girl.
  • Graduated from Notre Dame High School, a private Catholic high school in Los Angeles, in May/June 2000.
  • Turned down the role of Angela in American Beauty (1999).
  • Went to the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, New Jersey up until the sixth grade, when she left to pursue her career in California.
  • Made her singing debut performing the song “Dream Of Me” from Get Over It (2001).
  • Nabbed the lead role of Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, in Spider-Man (2002) after Kate Hudson and Alicia Witt turned it down.
  • She performed her first screen kiss, at the tender age of 11, with Brad Pitt in the movie Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994).
  • Name is pronounced “Keer-sten” (not “Kur-sten”).
  • One of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People of 2002.
  • One of Teen People Magazine’s “25 Hottest Stars under 25” [2002]
  • She is Swedish and German.
  • Furthered her singing career with a song that appears durings the end credits to The Cat’s Meow (2001).
  • Voted the 2nd Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine September 2002.
  • Auditioned along with Kate Hudson to replace Sarah Polley for the role of Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000), she didn’t get the part but Cameron Crowe later said it was “very, very close”.
  • She and Jake Gyllenhaal have broken up after two years of dating (2004).
  • Her nickname is Kiki as when she was a child she could not pronounce Kirsten. She then provided the voice of Kiki in the English dubbing of the Miyazaki animated feature, Majo no takkyûbin (1989) (aka “Kiki’s Delivery Service”).
  • Her favourite store is Blue Bag.
  • Is a big fan of the British television show “Da Ali G Show” (2000).
  • She was offered the role of Chrissy in Now and Then (1995), but she turned it down as the role required her to gain weight.
  • Her favorite show is “Friends” (1994).
  • Her favourite movies are Annie Hall (1977) and Edward Scissorhands (1990).
  • Is a fan of the television show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000).
  • According to producer Mark Gordon, she visited her then boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal at the set of the film The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and that visit gained her an uncredited cameo appearance
  • Ranked #25 in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in the World” (2002).
  • Is a fan of the television show “The Office” (2001) and admits she is a huge fan of Ricky Gervais.
  • Like her Bring It On (2000) character “Torrance Shipman,” Kirsten was a cheerleader in high school.
  • She wore a red wig in Spider-Man 2 (2004).
  • She was called back to reshoot some scenes for Get Over It (2001) while filming the first Spider-Man (2002) movie, which explains why her character suddenly goes from blond to red in a few scenes.
  • Hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2001 along with Jimmy Fallon
  • Jake Gyllenhaal gave Kirsten a gray and white kitten for her birthday. She named the cat Sophie.
  • Takes Tap dancing lessons.
  • Was ranked #15 in E’s 50 cutest child stars all grown-up.(2005).
  • Her grandparents Hermann and Inge Dunst live in Hamburg.
  • Dyed her hair red for Spider-Man 3 (2007).
  • Dyed her hair brown for her role in Mona Lisa Smile (2003).
  • Lives in New York and Los Angeles. [2007]
  • Was originally cast as Clear Rivers in Final Destination (2000).
  • Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2008 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Spider-Man 3 (2007). She failed to receive a nomination however.
  • Has checked herself into the Cinque Lodge rehab facility in Utah, the same facility which Eva Mendes, Kellan Rhude and Lindsay Lohan checked into [February 8, 2008].
  • Was ranked #24 on Entertainment Weekly’s ’30 Under 30′ the actress list. (2008).?