Kirsten Dunst thinks the world expects too much from actors.
“What people expect of an actor is totally ridiculous,” Dunst says in the September issue of Town Country magazine. “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.”
In 2008, the then 27-year-old actress voluntarily checked into Utah’s Cirque Lodge for depression after years in the Hollywood limelight. After leaving rehab, she moved back to New York and took indie roles. Now, she is the lead in the Mulleavy sisters’ “Woodshock” — which required her to lose 10 pounds and give up lunching at her favorite French bistro, Petit Trois — and just wrapped filming the second season of FX’s “Fargo.”
“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.”
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