Kirsten Dunst has revealed that she lives in New York because she loves the anonymity of the city.
The 29-year-old Spider-Man actress said that she opted for the Big Apple over Los Angeles because it enables her to lead a more private life.
“I love LA. I lived in the San Fernando Valley for a long time. I’m going back there for four months soon for the holidays to be with my family,” she told Time Out Chicago. “[But] you do live more anonymously in New York. People don’t care that you’re an actor. The photographers there stay far away when they take your picture.
“They know I don’t like it, so they usually just leave me alone. I just didn’t want to live in a house by myself in L.A. I did that when I was younger and I didn’t have… like, if you don’t have a guy around to help you with things.”
Melancholia begins with a wedding and ends with a funeral. Actually, the new film from Danish provocateur Lars von Trier ends with the apocalypse – a funeral for everyone, as a vast planet rears up on the near horizon, lighting up the lawn and setting the birds chattering. Watching the movie at this year’s Cannes film festival, Kirsten Dunst was surprised to find herself giggling, as if this was some sort of happy ending. “That’s one thing you can say for the end of the world,” she says. “It solves a lot of problems.”
We’re drinking coffee in the basement of a London hotel, with embroidered snowflakes on the wallpaper and an Indian summer raging outside. The actor is attired as though for a night on the town – sheer black dress, jingling silver bracelet – even though it’s mid-morning and she has yet to eat breakfast. She confesses that she keeps staring at the snowflakes, her eyes glazing over, her mind zoning out. At lunchtime, she is due to board a flight home to New York, after which she has a clean slate for the rest of the year. You get the impression she can’t wait to put 2011 behind her.
Certainly, Melancholia has been a torrid passage for its 29-year-old star: a typical Von Trier rollercoaster that places soaring triumph cheek-by-jowl with low-comedy disaster. On the upside is Dunst’s performance, a role that is worlds away from the studio fluff that has taken too much of her recent energies. She plays Justine, the brilliant, dark-eyed manic-depressive heroine, who stumbles through the worst wedding ceremony this side of Festen and then belatedly comes into her own as judgment day looms. It’s a devastating performance, and one that won her a deserved best actress prize at Cannes.
For a moment there, it seemed like Kirsten Dunst might have found her career floundering in the wake of the Sam Raimi‘s “Spider-Man” trilogy, but not only has the actress found her footing, her upcoming roster of films would be the envy of any thesp in Hollywood. There is no better indication than “Melancholia” that Dunst is moving in a new direction. While opinion may be split on Lars Von Trier‘s film, there is no denying that Dunst’s turn in the lead role is easily the best performance of her career, and those on the Croisette thought so too as she walked home with the Best Actress prize this spring. And unlike the events in the film, the future for Dunst after “Melancholia” is looking very bright with a number of promising projects on the horizon.
With “Melancholia” making its way to the New York Film Festival this week, we caught up with Dunst and she was happy to share some of her thoughts on the movies she has coming up, which range from raunchy comedy to heady, sci-fi romance.
After spending some months contemplating the end of the world with Lars Von Trier, “Bachelorette” is likely a nice change of pace. Written by Leslye Headland (”Terriers”)—who will also be directing—the story follows three best friends who are invited to be bridesmaids at the wedding of a girl they called “Pigface” in high school. Dunst plays the bombshell wittier third of the trio of gals in a film she described as a “naughty movie.” With Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher also on board, and backed by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay‘s Gary Sanchez production shingle, this seems poised to be a winner. But Dunst notes, “They’re changing the title.”
And while Dunst will also appear in Walter Salles’ forthcoming “On The Road,” the one we’re most curious about is the futuristic “Upside Down.” Directed by Juan Solanas, the film follows Adam (Jim Sturgess) a seemingly ordinary guy who is holding on to the memory of Eve, a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent place with its own gravity. Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love but when he catches a glimpse of grown-up Eve on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back.
Describing it as “kinda like a sci-fi, romance thing, weird, but cool.” Dunst goes on to say, “It’s kind of like for kids and adults, it’s really beautiful. The director Juan Solanas won best short at Cannes [for “The Man Without a Head”] and he has his own style of animating things that’s really special.”
Asked if there is animation in the film, Dunst made an interesting comparison. “No, but it’s the way the special effects are done, it looks more like a painting than real,” she explained. “Kind of like an accessible ‘Brazil,’ that’s how I describe it.”
Of course, she’s referring to Terry Gilliam‘s legendary 1985 film whose distinctive noir/retro-future look made it stand apart from anything else at the time. But we would agree with Dunst that it’s not exactly a mainstream film—if “Upside Down” brings its own similarly styled aesthetic within some broader sci-fi trappings, we’ll still be very curious to see the results. The first looks at the film thus have been undoubtedly intriguing.
But with no release date just yet, we’ll have to wait and see when it lands. Until then, you can catch “Melancholia” at NYFF or when it hits VOD this Friday. But if you’re holding out for the big screen experience, it opens in limited release starting November 11th.
Movie star Kirsten Dunst has German roots and now she’s got the passport to prove it. Dunst told the German newspaper the BZ that recently became a German citizen.
“Now I’m a real international lady,” the newspaper quoted her as saying, “who can do films in Europe without any trouble at all.”
Dunst’s father is German and her mother is Swedish, according to BZ.
Dunst was speaking to journalists in London for the premier of her new film “Melancholia.” After filming the Lars von Trier movie, she said she traveled around Germany. She said she visits relatives in Hamburg often, but is especially fond of Berlin.
“I’d rather buy an apartment in Berlin,” she said. “It’s just a younger city and right now so much is going on in Berlin.”
Dunst can speak German, but only “kid’s German,” she said. She hopes that will change, however. “It would be greatest thing to be able to be able to act in a German film.”
Kirsten Dunst has revealed she would like to play Marlene Dietrich on the big screen.
The Melancholia actress has German roots, thanks to her father Claus, and would love to do the screen icon justice.
“I would love to play Marlene Dietrich in a movie. My dad is from Germany so I feel that would be a really cool and interesting person to play,” she said.
“But who knows? I don’t know if there are any projects or if anybody is doing anything, but I would like to,” she added.
Kirsten has a wide variety of roles on her CV, having starred in the Spider-Man films, Bring It On and Wimbledon. Her next big-screen outing is in Upside Down opposite Jim Sturgess and the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel On The Road.
“As an actress, I’m not someone who is scared of doing things that are out of the box,” she explained.
“I feel like I wouldn’t be doing Melancholia if I had any limitations within myself or to go to any places. For me, my favourite actresses are like Charlotte Rampling, people who have always stepped out of the box, from the restraints of being a certain type of woman or story, and I always liked those stories the best.”
:: Melancholia is in cinemas now.
The actress, 29, was spotted in the back of a black car as it was held momentarily by a number of police officers.
The driver and the passengers wound down the windows to find out what was going on.
A police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The officers were assisting with security at the event and were helping the vehicle on it’s way.’
Dunst had just left the red carpet bash for her new film Melancholia at the Curzon in Mayfair.
The film is directed by Lars Von Trier and Dunst raved about working with him: ‘I would have done anything with Lars. I adore working with him. There’s no one who’s communicated emotion so simply and effectively to me than Lars. And he’s funny and a joy to be around.’
‘We get along really well. Mostly the people around him, producers, costume designers are all female so it was a very nurturing set to be on. So I felt very free to be vulnerable in that environment.’
She added: ‘He doesn’t like to talk much and I appreciate that. I like people who know to put a certain chemistry of people and let them go. So to me the environment he creates really makes the film.’
John Hurt, who plays Kirsten’s father in the film, also attended the premiere but her other co-stars Alexander Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland were not present.