Kirsten Dunst, a great actress shunned by awards

She is the first to have embodied Mary Jane on the screen, character and inseparable love for her Spiderman, in 2002. Kirsten Dunst’s career is marked by her various roles on the Hollywood scene.

Romantic comedies, animated films, series, the actress who turns 40 on April 30, 2022, has even started directing.

After 30 years of career, she was nominated for the first time for the Oscars, in 2022. Portrait.

Young and already surrounded by the older ones

Kirsten was born on April 30, 1982 in New Jersey, United States. Her parents are of German nationality and divorced in 1995. She has a younger brother, born in 1986.

She began her acting career at the age of 3.. His first sets are those of television commercials. From small commercials to a modeling agency (the Ford agency), Kirsten Dunst threw herself into film in 1989 in the film sketch New York Storiesby Woody Allen.

It was at the age of 12 that his talent was most noticed. She was selected from 5,000 candidates to play Claudia Interview with a vampire. “The kids at my school who had never acted before were auditioning too. And it was a worldwide search, you know? I knew it was going to be… a life-changing thing, ”she said. CBS News.

First big role in which the young Kirsten Dunst gives the reply to Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. She also gets a Golden Globes nomination for her role as a bloodthirsty little vampire. The actress was then 11 years old.

Young Kirsten then connects film projects with Hollywood’s biggest stars. She in particular she plays The four daughters of Dr. March (1995) opposite Susan Sarandon, in Jumanji (1995) with Robin Williams, or ink men of influence (1997) with Robert de Niro and Dustin Hoffman.

Then he tries his hand at dubbing and lends his voice in particular to the young Russian Anastasia Nikolaïevna, in the original version of the animated film. Anastasia.

Spider-man, the reference role

In 1999, he starred in Sofia Coppola’s first feature film, Virgins Suicide. His performance is, once again, unanimously acclaimed. You will still be shooting for the director The prey (2017) and for the film Maria Antoniettain 2006. A film for which he worked “every Monday” at the Palace of Versailles.

“We really had a lot of fun. But I’ve always felt overwhelmed because he’s such an intimidating character to play,” said the actress. Vanity Fair.

Kirsten Dunst also plays, in 2000, the captain of the cheerleders in the film, which became cult, American girls. A role she particularly likes.

What everyone has experienced, I acted on the screen and also experienced it in my life.

To the magazine Numberconfides: “I was the quintessential American teenager. Through films like Virgins Suicide Where American girls, it is as if I had lived through the adolescence of each one by proxy. What everyone has experienced, I have acted on the screen and also experienced it in my life. It’s nice to be one of those people that people grew up with. “

But it is his role in Spiderman which propelled his career. At 20, she played Mary Jane Watson alongside Tobey Maguire. A cult franchise of three films and a benchmark for superhero films.

After Spiderman, Kirsten Dunst is embarking on new projects. With Julia Roberts, she stood out in The smile of the Mona Lisa, embodying one of her students, in whom she instills the desire to surpass herself and the courage to lead the existence that she and the other students really want to live. All this in the 1950s.

Kirsten Dunst will also co-star with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in a heartbreaking love story Eternal light of the pure mind (2004).

From blockbusters to genre films

At his desk: films and collaborations that make you dream, but still no reward (Golden Globes or Oscar) for the actress. It will take 2011 for Kirsten Dunst to win a prize, that of female interpretation at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for Meloncholy by Lars Von Trier.

Considered by many to be the biggest hit of her career, she plays Justine, a chronically depressed woman about to get married as the planet Melancholia threatens to collide with Earth.

“It’s special to have a great time playing an over-depressed person,” recalls the actress Vanity Fair.

As for the Cannes Film Festival, he will be part of the jury for the Official Selection of the 69th ceremony, in 2016.

Kirsten is increasingly illustrated in busy films. In 2017 she starred in the biopic Shadow figures. The actress plays Vivian Michael, a NASA scientist. The story centers on the extraordinary fate of three African American scientists who allowed the United States to take the lead in conquering space, in a segregationist America.

In 2022 she was nominated for the first time at the Oscars. She is competing for the best female supporting role statuette thanks to her role in The power of the dog, by Jane Campion. But she doesn’t win.

The actress did not hesitate to navigate to new horizons. For example, she tries her hand at directing and directs two short films: Welcome (2007) and Bastard (2010).

The American also goes through the small screen. Kirsten Dunst starred in the second season of the series Fargo. As of 2017, his appearances and projects slow down.

Spinning isn’t always good for your mind. Emotionally, this work weighs heavily.

He made his big comeback in 2020 in the series About becoming a god in central Florida. For her role in this black comedy, which she produced with George Clooney, she was nominated for a Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series. She then she continues with The power of the dogstreaming on Netflix.

His battle with depression

In Number, the actress returns to this important work-life balance. “I’ve taken a lot of breaks, sometimes over the span of a year. I like to paint and draw for myself, take my time. It’s nice not to make too many films. Filming isn’t always good for the mind. emotional, this work is hard. And not just because you work 16 hours a day for several months! “

Long days of plateaus and pressures that need to be managed. In 2008, Kirsten Dunst remained in a specialized institutionthe Cirque Lodge treatment center in Utah, to treat her depression.

Despite the difficulty of “talking about personal matters”, she shared her experience because, in her own words, “it is important to talk about it”.

“Whatever happens in your brain, you can’t live that mentally anymore,” the actress told the Daily Mail. Sunday times. “I feel like I’m angry. You don’t know you’re repressing all that anger, it wasn’t a conscious thing, ”she continues, before advising“ to ask for help when you need it. ”.

Few commitments and two children

On the private side, Kirsten Dunst has shared her life with other actors in between. She had a brief romance with his co-star Spiderman Tobey Maguire. She also had a highly publicized relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal.

In 2010, on the set of On the road, meets Garrett Hedlund. A lightning. The two actors are even engaged, before their breakup in 2016.

He is an angel, but he is a hungry angel. And a heavy angel.

Since January 2017, she is engaged to actor Jesse Plemons, her partner in the series Fargo. The couple gave birth to their first child on May 3, 2018. A baby boy named Ennis.

Then, in May 2021, Kirsten Dunst gives birth to a second child, James. “He’s an angel, but he’s a hungry angel. And a heavy angel,” she jokes New York Times in September 2021.

During the first few months, her partner went to the cinema with Martin Scorsese, The killers of the flower moon. Kirsten Dunst therefore took great care of their newborn. A tiring situation but on which she manages to be ironic.

“I’m so tired, I haven’t spent a full night in four months. […] I too have developed an eye tic “, he begins before entrusting the journalist to the New York Times : “Yes, I’m in a very special state.”

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