Kirsten Dunst, one of Hollywood’s youngest long-time starlets, stuns in Prada on the cover of Town & Country’s September Fall Fashion Guide issue. Dunst, at just 33, has been in the biz for three decades, and opened up to Mary Kaye Schilling about her life as a child actor, what it’s like for a girl working in the Hollywood ‘boys club,’ Rodarte, and filming season 2 of FX’s Fargo.
On the expectations of actors: “What people expect of an actor is totally ridiculous. It’s unfair that an artist is expected to speak really well in public and have skin tough enough to withstand sometimes really hurtful criticism, but also, in order to do the job, be really sensitive and in touch with their feelings. So all you can do is be yourself – just be who the hell you are.”
On how she used to be discouraged by the boys club mentality in Hollywood: “You know what? I felt that way when I was younger, particularly being on the Spider-Man sets, which was pretty much all guys. But the older I get, the less I feel that way. What I’ve found is that the cool guys now want to hang out with the cool girls.”
On her boyfriend, actor Garrett Hedlund: “We’ve been together for three and a half years, so, yes, it’s going really well. We’re the same age. We have similar backgrounds. He feels like family to me.”
On her character in FX’s Fargo, Peggy Blomquist, the mile-a-minute talking beautician, and the women in her family: “She is very much like me at my craziest, my mother at her craziest, my grandma at her craziest. I could really combine the nutsiest parts of the women in my family. Some of the things [my grandma] would say, how she said them—I had a lot of that inside me already.”
The feature, shot by Cedric Buchet, captured Dunst in her natural beauty wearing Altuzarra, La Perla, Nina Ricci, Marc Jacobs, and Gabriella Kiss. For the full interview, click HERE.