Written by Luciana | Posted on 12 September 2014| 0

Kirsten is on cover of online magazine The Edit, in a beautiful spread by David Bellemere. Check in our gallery digital scans, photoshoot and the behind-the-scenes video screencapture. Also below the video and interview.

The Escape Artist
Ever since starring in her first major movie aged 12, KIRSTEN DUNST has lived her life under Hollywood’s glare. But from bold film choices to refusing to get her teeth ‘fixed’, the actress has always played the fame game on her own terms, finds CELIA WALDEN

Earlier this year, Kirsten Dunst was wandering around Camden in north London when her boyfriend Garrett Hedlund suggested they go to the cinema to see her recent thriller, The Two Faces of January. “I just thought it was the worst idea I’d ever heard,” Dunst cringes. “I hate watching myself and I don’t like hearing my voice. I don’t mind watching some of my old movies – the other day I was at home and Little Women was on – because those often feel like home movies and I can get all nostalgic about them, but never current ones.”

This might sound like false modesty to anyone who hasn’t met the 32-year-old New Jersey-born actress. But among the smattering of surprises that the first ten minutes of our encounter brings – she’s on time, unmade-up and “still full of pizza from last night” – is the realization that Kirsten Dunst is really quite shy. For someone who made her first TV appearance in a cereal commercial as a three-year-old – and whose first on- screen kiss was at the age of 12 with none other than Brad Pitt in 1994’s Interview With The Vampire – it’s quite a feat to have emerged as unassuming as she is. Indeed, as we settle into our pub lunch in sunny Primrose Hill, a chic London suburb, it’s easy to forget that I’m chatting to one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood and a fashion muse to the likes of Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld. Which is the way Dunst likes it – and one of the reasons she spends so much time here. “I’m lucky,” she explains when I ask how many people recognized her on the way to our interview, “because if I need to, I feel like I can escape myself. So when I’m not watching The Bachelor on TV and eating English breakfasts, I’ll come here, eat a lot of bangers and mash,” she chuckles, “and drink Guinness.”

These lazy summer months in the UK (where Hedlund is currently filming Joe Wright’s Pan) are a welcome relief to Dunst, who has starred in eight films in the past four years, including Lars von Trier’s critically acclaimed Melancholia, On the Road, Bachelorette and The Two Faces of January. Dunst is one of the few Hollywood actresses consistently referred to in terms of her work, despite her film choices becoming less and less ‘safe’. “Which is good to hear,” she says through a mouthful of watermelon (all she has room for after last night’s pizza extravaganza), “although you forget that not everyone goes to see independent films. The other day this guy said to me: ‘Were you in the Spiderman movies?’ When I said yeah, he asked: ‘Do you make movies anymore?’ For most people, if you’re not in mainstream cinema, it’s like you’ve vanished.”

Most actresses would feel alarmed by such an encounter, but Dunst has never felt the need to bolster her career by publicizing herself or her relationships. Throughout her adult life, the paparazzi have been only too willing to do that for her. But if street snaps of Dunst with ex-boyfriends Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell or Hedlund – whom she met while filming On The Road in 2012 and has been discreetly dating since – tell us anything, it’s that this is a woman who lives, dresses and behaves according to her own desires. “Sometimes when I leave the house I’ll think, ‘Wait – what if you get photographed? You’re going to be bummed,’” she laughs. “But I just can’t be bothered to pick out an outfit. Look,” she says, gesturing at her denim shirt and navy shorts, “I wore the exact same thing yesterday, because if it worked yesterday, it will work today, right?”

Dunst does admit to a weakness for APC and Isabel Marant, and the recent purchase of a Kate Moss for Topshop fringed suede jacket that she’s only worn once “because I don’t want to dress like I’m in a rock band and it’s a delicate balance”. She insists that she had better style in her 20s and, although I see no evidence of it, that she’s gained a pound or three over the past two years. “I’ve got a little bit more of a tummy now, so although I own about 20 pairs of jeans, I’ll wear the same three for a year because the rest are from when I was skinnier,” she shrugs. “I guess if I wasn’t comfortable and in a relationship I’d be thinner. When you’re with someone, you eat so much more and you chill out a bit – but I don’t criticize myself more than is healthy, because there’s such a lot of that, isn’t there? Whether it’s girls among themselves or gossip magazines, it’s all about women tearing apart other women. I don’t get why that’s so prevalent right now.”

Despite growing up in one of the most superficial industries there is, Dunst has always refused to pander to its whimsies. As a teen, she was advised to have her teeth fixed, “because they stuck out a bit. They said it subtly,” she grins, “like, ‘I have a great dentist you may want to go and see.’” But when longtime friend Sofia Coppola – who directed her in The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette – told her not to, “I remember thinking, ‘Well, if she thinks that, then I won’t”. And, now that Dunst is in her thirties, she won’t be made to feel insecure about aging, either.

“If you’re going to be an actress who is lasting and still working when she’s older, you can’t have stuff done because you just look weird, and you certainly can’t be in period films. I’ve heard of men doing it too, and I get so distracted by it. I can’t even see their performance because I’m just thinking, ‘What did they do to their face?’ ‘Filling’ is definitely the worst thing people do; it makes everyone look puffy. No,” she continues, “the prettiest women to me are the ones who have let themselves age. Kristin Scott Thomas in Nowhere Boy looked absolutely gorgeous. So I feel like there is a way to age gracefully and maybe just do a peel now and again to maintain your looks but not change them. That said,” she whispers, leaning forward, “I really want to dye my hair white, white blond right now [she does, right before The EDIT’s shoot].” Really? Why? “Well,” she shrugs, momentarily at a loss, “what else am I going to do?”

Being able to leave that question open-ended is one of the things Dunst is most grateful for. “Because I started so young I feel like I can take time off now. If my career ended tomorrow I would be proud of the films that I’ve done. God,” she adds with a laugh, “that sounds so dramatic. But I don’t buy that stuff about things getting harder for actresses as they get older. Actually, I think it’s going to get easier. I mean, it’s the golden age of television and I’m only about five years away from doing a TV show, for sure. I’m not going to record an album or anything but I would definitely do a musical movie. Basically, I’m pretty much game for anything.”
The Two Faces of January is on general US release on Sept 28

Source: net-a-porter.com

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