Dunst, who turned 32 last month, is a bit of a Hollywood enigma.
She started acting in commercials as a child and scored a breakthrough role as Woody Allen’s daughter in “New York Stories.”
She made another indelible mark as a child actress at 12. She played a vampire with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in the iconic film, “Interview With a Vampire.”
And, she scored another standout role in 1999’s “The Virgin Suicides, a drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, whom she credits for developing her as an actress.
She believes glamor should be effortless and natural. She thinks actresses like Charlotte Rampling, Gena Rowlands, Anjelica Huston and Julianne Moore share that quality.
They are “women who have confidence in themselves, who do not seek to prove anything,” she tells the magazine. “It is a quality that is lost among young actresses.”
Her own career has been marked by big-budget productions, like three blockbuster “Spider-Man films” opposite Toby McGuire
Yet she’s never hesitated to take chances. One of her most notable challenges came in Lars Von Trier’s 2011 film “Melancholia,” in which she did several nude scenes.
The film barely created a ripple in the United States, and she was snubbed for an Oscar nomination. Yet she won the best actress award at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival, an anomaly that hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“I feel more appreciated, more special, France,” she tells the magazine, according to a rough translation.
“In the United States, if you are not in the latest superhero movie, people will forget. In France, it is different; people still speak to me a lot about my former roles in more underground stuff.”
Since then, she’s starred in films like 2012’s “On the Road,” with Kristen Stewart and sci-fi fantasy “Upside Down.”
She has a new film coming out this year, “The Two Faces of January,” a thriller by screenwriter Hossein Amini who makes his directing debut. She stars with Viggo Mortensen.
She returned to science fiction with her role in “Midnight Special,” written and directed by Jeff Nichols with Adam Driver and Michael Shannon. It’s currently in post production.
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