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Connie     March 02, 2011     0 Comments     Like Code

Kirsten Dunst says her biggest thrill in life is bottling her own spring water.

The ‘On the Road’ actress – who was once famed for her party girl lifestyle and went to rehab in 2008 – often goes on trips to various springs across Europe as she says it’s fun to do something that doesn’t involve alcohol or wild nights out.

She said: “I’m planning to drive through Switzerland and look for other springs; it’s fun to do something other than drink a bottle of wine, to find things that adults can do that are fun. My dad is German, so he’s all about bike rides and nature.”

Kirsten loves taking road trips because she doesn’t know where she’s going to end up.

She said: “I’ve been on a road trip with my dad through Germany before, and one with my girlfriends across the US. I would do that again. It’s fun to explore, and get lost and not know where you’re going to stay.”

However, the 28-year-old star is enjoying being settled at the moment and getting to spend time with her friends and family.

She added in an interview with WWD: “I was gone for so long working, I missed everybody, and so I’ve been living at my mom’s house all fall.”


Connie     February 24, 2011     0 Comments     Like Code

Connie     February 21, 2011     0 Comments     Like Code

In between the show hopping, trend watching and report writing this LFW, Grazia Daily always has time for some schleb schmoozing (just call it dedication to the fashwan cause). And that’s exactly what we were doing last night at the Mulberry mega-bash – one of the swankiest, and starriest, moments of the week. From the hustle and bustle of Bond Street, we stepped into a little patch of countryside idyll inside Claridge’s Hotel Ballroom, complete with toadstools, bird’s nests and hedgerows. And who should we spot amongst the foliage but Kirsten Dunst!

Kirsten has reappeared on our radar recently – starring in the Band of Outsiders campaign, sitting on the FROWs and bagging the Bulgari campaign – so you can understand our excitement when we found ourselves chatting to the Hollywood hipster over a bottle of organic cider. ‘I watched the Mulberry show this morning and thought everything was beautiful,’ she told us. So if Mulberry made The Kirsten bag, what would it look like? ‘It would be a small, across-the-body bag in navy blue. Or hot pink!’ she said. Emma Hill, over to you…

Indeed, Kiki looked every inch the Hollywood hipster wearing the Brit brand’s pleated Peggy dress from the Pre Fall collection, topped off with a ballerina bun and sultry smoky eyes. So can we expect to see the adorable 28-year-old bringing her A-list dazzle to more of London’s FROWs? ‘Sadly no, I’m flying to Milan tomorrow for Bulgari,’ she revealed, although not to shoot the campaign, because, she tells us, that’s already done and dusted. ‘And then I’m driving through Europe with my boyfriend’, who we can confirm is the very dishy Jason Boesel, aka: the drummer for indie rock band Rilo Kiley.

But before she left the woodland wonderland, and our fair city, Grazia Daily couldn’t resist asking Kirsten if she’s a Grazia fan. ‘Of course! I love Grazia!’ she trilled as we stifled our squeals of delight. ‘I was looking at Grazia Daily today actually where you wrote Leith Clark [who dresses her] is a superstylist!’ Aw, an A-list actress, a supercute style icon and a Grazia Daily reader? That Kiki D is too good to be true. So much so that this morning, we’re considering changing the name of our beloved site to Grazia Dunstly in honour of our new bestie. Stay tuned…


Connie     December 30, 2010     0 Comments     Like Code

New video have been added! ET Canada visited the set of Upside Down in Montreal and got us a little interview and view behind the scenes.

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Connie     December 12, 2010     0 Comments     Like Code
Child stars often crash and burn in Hollywood.

But not Kirsten Dunst. The 28-year-old actress, who started appearing in TV commercials when she was 3, is a survivor.

Her turn as Mary Jane in the Spider-Man movies made her an international star, and she is now gathering critical attention as an abused wife who may have been killed by her husband in All Good Things. Inspired by a true story, the film is playing in New York, opens in Los Angeles Friday and expands across the country at the end of the year. It also is available on Video On Demand.

This is Dunst’s first truly adult character performance, and she recognizes she has entered new territory.

“I think people will be surprised to see me in this role,” Dunst says in her West Hollywood hotel suite. “It was very demanding, but I knew I could enrich it.”

Audiences expect lighthearted fare from Dunst, who over the course of her career has played everything from a cheerleader (Bring It On) and a presidential dog walker (Dick) to a ditsy French queen (Marie Antoinette). In All Good Things, she starts out as a naive teenager who gets involved with a wealthy, possibly mentally ill New York businessman (Ryan Gosling). Ten years later, she vanishes.

Dunst took the emotionally challenging role after spending time at the Cirque Lodge in Utah, where she received treatment for depression.

“Probably most people my age stop for a second and question what they want to do,” she says. “I feel like I’m meant to work in this industry, so I will continue to do that. But I’m different now. Why I do what I do is much different, and how I approach it is much different.”

She had been her harshest critic. “That’s not always the best way to be. You’re supposed to enjoy your life.”

Dunst offers a rueful smile, then adds: “I’m no longer in a rush to jump into something. I’m competitive, but not as much as I used to be.”

All Good Things director Andrew Jarecki wanted Dunst for his film because she seems so easy to relate to. “It’s very hard to find someone who feels like a real person,” he says. “In the Spider-Man trilogy, she’s who we care about. She has an incredible ability to humanize and soften the man she’s playing against.

“Kirsten is glamorous, but in reality she’s sort of a tomboy. She’s never tried to make her teeth perfect. She’s realistic about things,” he says. “She was working at a very early age, so she comes in with a kind of seriousness. In our film, she’s the one we care most about.”

All Good Things is roughly based on the story of Robert Durst, an heir of a wealthy New York real estate family. Durst was suspected of, but never tried for, the murder of his wife, Kathie, who disappeared in 1982.

“The film is pretty close to what happened,” Dunst says. “I met the family and Kathie’s brother and listened to them talk about her. Kathie was someone who would light up a room. She was also a very intelligent woman. She got into Albert Einstein Medical School.” She was completing her fourth year when she vanished.

Speculating on why Kathie didn’t leave her husband, Dunst says: “They were married for quite some time, and back then you didn’t up and leave someone. She couldn’t see her way out of it. She didn’t have a big group of friends, and she didn’t want to go back home. She couldn’t afford to go to medical school” without his financial help.

As far as her own relationships, Dunst has grown. “I’ve never had anyone hit me, but I’ve definitely had the boyfriend you shouldn’t be with. I’m over that phase, and I’m proud of myself that I ended it quickly. Now I’m into good people who are trustworthy.”

She is dating Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel.

After her stay in Utah, Dunst moved from Los Angeles, where she grew up, to New York. “I didn’t want to be available to always go to (business) meetings,” she says.

Since completing All Good Things, Dunst co-wrote and directed a six-minute mystery, Bastard, which screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. She shot director Lars van Trier’s upcoming science-fiction disaster film Melancholia. She also completed Upside Down, which she describes as a “Romeo and Juliet love story with a happy ending.” Jim Sturgess co-stars.

Dunst is about to start work on a film version of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road, co-starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. “It’s a guy’s story,” she admits, “but the women had wild times, too. Their roles are smaller, but it’s an epic and a good thing to be part of.”

Down the line, Dunst may play Debbie Harry in a film about Blondie’s iconic vocalist. “Debbie wanted to put if off for awhile,” Dunst says, “but in a year or two, she might want to do it again. I’d love to play her.”

After all, she can relate. “Music is a passion of mine. If I weren’t acting, maybe I’d have sung in a band or played an instrument.”


Connie     December 07, 2010     0 Comments     Like Code

It’s been two years since we’ve seen Kirsten Dunst on the big screen.

“I haven’t had a film come out in a while, but I feel like that’s a good thing,” says the actress who has been working since age 8 — and who, in 2008, spent about a month at Cirque Lodge treatment center for depression. “I needed to take a break. I moved to New York. I was living a normal life, and I think it’s important to keep that balance — otherwise, there’s no time for yourself and figuring things out in your 20s, like you do.”

Last week, she re-emerged in “All Good Things,” a haunting indie inspired by the bizarre true story of New York real estate heir Robert Durst, whose wife, Kathie, went missing in 1982 and was never found. Durst was the lead suspect in her murder.

For her raw performance as the sweet, lively Kathie — who goes from having a fairy-tale romance to realizing she is married to a monster — Dunst is receiving tons of buzz and praise.

“I’ve never been so vulnerable in a film before,” she says. “I feel like I showed myself the most.”

And that intimate experience seems to have reaffirmed her love for acting. She’s even back in the studio. Next up, she’ll star in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia,” followed by Juan Diego Solanas’ “Upside Down” and Walter Salles’ “On the Road,” based on Jack Kerouac’s classic.

“I’m so stoked to have these great projects,” says Dunst. Only, this time around, the 28-year-old Hollywood veteran is doing it on her own terms. “I’m willing to wait until something I’m really gung-ho for. Hey, if it takes six months to find the next film, I’ll wait. I’m not just going to do a movie to do a movie.”

Why the break?

“I needed some perspective on [Hollywood], and I needed to move,” says Dunst. “It gets overwhelming. Everyday, paparazzi are parked outside my mom’s house. They follow us, and they don’t even use the pictures they’re so boring. But they still follow me. So I needed to just do my own thing.”

What kind of research did you do for the role?

“[Director] Andrew [Jarecki] put together a documentary of interviews with all the people that were willing to talk to him, neighbors, etc. so that really helped us get a feel for what it was like — but it was so haunting in the beginning, to hear about the songs she listened to when she was going through a hard time.”

Did you talk to her family?

“I talked to her brother and went to dinner at their house, and I talked to who would have been her niece as well. I didn’t want [to portray Kathie] as a victim, because she was a really smart woman. I wanted her choices to come out of a need for survival even though it was a difficult situation.”

What do you believe really happened?

“Well first of all, it’s a fact that [Robert Durst] chopped up a body and got off on self-defense, which I don’t know how anyone could get off on self-defense when you’ve chopped up a body and thrown it in [the] water. In terms of Kathie’s disappearance, why wouldn’t the family be looking for their daughter-in-law? Why would he tell his father, ‘now it’s time to get every cop in New York, let’s find her.’ They had all the money in the world, and that was his wife. Of course that’s what would have happened if he didn’t kill her.”


Connie     December 05, 2010     0 Comments     Like Code

Kirsten Dunst has literally grown up in front of the camera; from her debut in Oedipus Wrecks directed by Woody Allen in 1989 to playing Claudia in Interview with the Vampire in 1994 with her appearance in Little Women, Kirsten finally marked her place in Hollywood with the Spider-Man movies.

The actor is now back at work in All Good Things opposite Ryan Gosling. The film opens in the United States on Friday and has been inspired by the notorious 1982 missing person’s case in New York city centering around the wealthy Durst family.

Dunst spoke to Reuters about the film, her co-star Gosling, and the new Spider-Man reboot.

Kathie Durst’s body was never found and no one was charged with a crime. Do you think Robert Durst murdered her?

I think he did because why would the Durst family not help find their daughter-in-law? With all the money and power they had, they could have had every cop searching for her and instead they did nothing.

Do you have any memorable days on the set?

I’d say the scene where Ryan takes me by the hair and pulls me out of the house. The next day Ryan sent me flowers because he felt bad for having to pull my hair.

It is the first movie you shot after being treated for depression in 2008. Was there a reason to choose this film?

I agreed to do this movie two or three years before we shot it. But whatever energy was moving through me at the time made this the perfect film to do. It felt liberating because of the people I met during the period, I changed the way I approach acting and films – the way I work personally before I even start filming. But in this film, I took a new interest in the process.

You started working professionally when you were three-years-old. You’re 28 now. How is acting different today as an adult?

When you’re younger, your reality is different. Everything is fun. You’re doing it more for other people. Now it’s for me, so that’s what has changed.

Is acting easier when you’re young because kids are generally considered to be more open and receptive?

Maybe it is easier. Your intuition is more vulnerable then. When you get older, people expect you to be vulnerable but also tough. That makes no sense – that as an actor you’re supposed to be emotional (on-screen) but then have a thick skin about things (off-screen). I think actors are more sensitive — you take in a lot more. So you have to balance out what you decide to take in and what you don’t.

How do you feel about the new reboot starring Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy?

I really like Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield a lot. I think they’ll be great. It’s just sad that there wasn’t a proper ending (for the trilogy). We didn’t know when we shot the third one that it would be the last. I wish we would have known. Maybe we would have cherished that time a bit more, knowing it would be the last one for all of us.

You directed two short films. Will you continue?

I will direct a film one day. I just need to find a project I really want to do. Right now the focus is on acting. I’ve worked for so long that I can afford to take breaks and wait for something special. Everything is at the perfect pace it should be at right now.