Featured in the newest issue of Town & Country, one thing is immediately clear about Kirsten Dunst: She's very tired.
Dunst has, after all, been working since she was 3 years old, so this seems fair.
"What people expect of an actor is totally ridiculous," Dunst says. "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."
Okay, but why is Kirsten Dunst so tired? First of all, she's not eating. Dunst is in the middle of losing 10 pounds to play a woman who "look[s] a little ill" in Woodshock, the directorial debut of Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters responsible for Rodarte.
To lose the weight, Dunst is having "extremely skimy" meals delievered to her home in preparation for the shoot.
Also, Dunst spent the weekend previous to the Town & Country interview "loading up on hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza" with her boyfriend, Garrett Hedlund. While eating junk food with a man who looks like Hedlund sounds delightful, keep in mind that consumption of simple carbs causes your body's blood sugar to spike, followed closely by a crash which can cause severe fatigue. Overeating can cause drowsiness as well.
Okay but just how tired is Kirsten Dunst?
I suggested a show of paintings by Mark Grotjahn, a rising local star, at Blum & Poe.
Dunst is unfamiliar with his work and is smitten. "Wow," she whispers. "These are beautiful. They remind me of peacock feathers." She steps up to a canvas. "Do you think he uses acrylics? Look how thick the paint is."
The density and layering of paint, I say, remind me of Lucian Freud. "He's my favorite artist!" she says, a moment later correcting herself. "Oh, no, I just got confused. My favorite is... What's his name?... Egon Schiele! I'm sorry—my brain is so tired."
Dunst recently finished filming the second season of FX's Fargo, in which she plays a smalltown beautician named Peggy. It's her first regular TV role.
"TV is a lot harder than film. A lot harder," she says. "When I got the part, my friend Lizzy [Caplan], who is on Masters of Sex, said, 'Be sure to get B12 shots to get you through the week.' I was like, 'Really? That sounds very dramatic, Lizzy.' By the third week I was all over the B12. It was one of the best roles I've ever played — the writing is spectacular — but by the end I was tapped out."
Alright guys, clear the set. We're gonna take 10 so Kirsten Dunst can get a nap. She seems exhausted.