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I have added to the gallery 800+ HD screen captures of Kirsten as Katie Marks in 2010 Andrew Jarecki’s drama “All Good Things”. Enjoy!
New cute pictures of Kirsten Dunst at a private screening of All Good Things yesterday.
Appearances from 2010 > All Good Things Private Screening
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.”
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.”
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.
Kirsten is out promoting All Good Things which means interviews, talkshows and you name it!
Here’s a list of some upcoming talkshows with Kirsten:
- December 3rd: The View, ABC
- December 10th: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBC
- December 14th: Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS
If there’s one word that’s probably never been used to describe a Kirsten Dunst movie, it’s “challenging.” Not that she hasn’t been in some entertaining films over the years. She was great as vampire jailbait in Interview With a Vampire, a cheerleader with strong opinions about racism in Bring It On, and an archduchess with a taste for 80s New Wave in Marie Antoinette. But even her finer cinematic moments have been less about Oscar buzz and more about Teen Choice Award buzz. Her most famous movie role, as Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man and its two blockbuster sequels, nabbed her an MTV Movie Award for best kiss in 2002, and even the least snarky of critics had to concede that it might be the top of the accolades mountain for her.
But everything you thought you knew about Kirsten Dunst might be about to change. After a two-year hiatus, the now 28-year-old Dunst is staging a comeback, and not of the signing-on-to-the-inevitable-Spider-Man-sequel variety. It started earlier this year, when she appeared in a bizarre art video for an exhibit at London’s Tate Modern, in which Dunst wore a blue wig and Sailor Moon costume and danced through Tokyo’s Akihabara shopping district to the tune of “I’m Turning Japanese,” for some reason. Opening nationwide tomorrow, she co-stars (alongside Ryan Gosling) in All Good Things, a feel-not-good romance and docu-drama, loosely based on the true story of New York real estate millionaire/drag queen Robert Durst and his disappearing wife. It’s the perfect film for anyone who loved Elizabethtown but wished it had more emotional abuse and uxoricide. Dunst has also been working on two new film projects—On the Road, adapted from the Jack Kerouac novel that inspired thousands of useless poetry M.F.A.s, and Melancholia, from filmmaker Lars von Trier, whose last movie featured Willem Dafoe ejaculating blood. It’s possible that Dunst is maturing as an artist, finally taking on roles that ask more of her than flashing her dimples and being adored by her male co-stars. Or maybe she’s going through a stage, like all young adults do, forging an identity by pretending to be interested in beat poetry and art-house films. Regardless of whether she succeeds, it’s admirable that she’s wandered so far outside her comfort zone. Even if her fanbase accepts her new “adult” direction, there isn’t a Teen Choice Award for best dysphoric topless scene.
When I called Dunst to talk about All Good Things, it was like talking to any of her movie characters. The meter of her voice, the inflections—it was all intimately familiar. The only difference between Dunst the actress and her on-screen persona(s) was that when she laughed, she actually said the word “Ha,” like she was reading stage directions.
Kirsten Dunst took umbrage at the cast of “Jersey Shore” for not being actual residents of the Garden State.
“None of those people are from New Jersey!” Dunst said last night during the premiere of her latest film “All Good Things” co-starring Ryan Gosling at the SVA Theater in Chelsea.
“I’m from New Jersey – they’re not from New Jersey!”
The blonde starlet said she has seen the show once. Her TV show preference? “Mad Men.” But the award-winning actress said she hardly tunes into the tube – she watches most of favorite shows on the Web.