Kirsten Dunst is on the promotional trail for her upcoming movie with Ryan Gosling; a movie for which she’s topless in one scene, as she performs oral sex in a shower. Because leaks of her topless soley won’t sell tickets, Dunst is promoting the movie in a series of interviews. The most recent being with Blackbook magazine. For the issue, pictures and excerpts being below, Dunst talks about how difficult it was returning to movies after checking herself into Cirque Lodge, a rehab facility in Sundance, Utah, to deal with depression. The actress went to seek help for problems she insisted were not drug or alcohol related. Sure, sure. In any case, she’s using these dark experiences in her new roles; namely All Good Things, her first film since rehab, and the upcoming film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac’s book, On the Road. Oh, and shut your damn mouth, or she might punch you in your ‘b**ch’ face. Her words, pretty much.
- On how she deals with paparazzi intrusion: ‘I just don’t want to look bad in those pictures,’ she says. ‘Paparazzi don’t have as much interest in you when you’re not wearing big sunglasses and carrying a $5,000 bag. I have no interest in wearing a tracksuit every day like Madonna does, but I understand why she does it.’
- On her comeback: ‘Although it’s probably been dramatized, I knew All Good Things would change people’s perceptions of me,’ she says. ‘I was excited for people to see me in a different light and so, yeah, it was a bummer when I thought it wasn’t going to get released [when owing to financial troubles, the Weinstein Company temporarily shelved the film]. [Director, Oscar nominee Andrew Jarecki] was bummed, too, so he bought back the rights to his film and then sold them to Magnolia Pictures, who rescued All Good Things from post-production purgatory.’
- On acting being a sort of therapy for her: ‘I used to assume that I’d do this forever, and then there came a point in my life when I was like, ‘Why am I doing this at all?” she says. ‘With All Good Things, I realized that acting is what I’m meant to be doing, and not for the money or to make a hit, but because I love it. For the first time, acting became more about me than everybody else, and that was amazingly cathartic.’
- On making no apologies for her lifestyle: ‘When you’re a single girl in your twenties, yeah, you go out with your friends,’ she says. ‘And sometimes you drink too much. I don’t know anybody else, with any type of job, who doesn’t do that.’
- On how her friends and family reacted to her rehab stay: ‘My friends and family were put in a position where they had to defend me, and it was an awful time,’ she says.
- On whether she’d reach out to others in the same position, of being post-rehab: ‘On a personal level, I would talk to anybody about it, but not on a public level. If I do that, then the next person feels like they can ask me about it, and the person after that, until everyone then feels entitled to ask me about it, and that’s not coming from a good place.’
- On dealing with negative feedback, from some ‘b**ch’: Dunst was recently at Manhattan’s Jane hotel when a stranger walked past and whispered, ‘She’s so over.’ Dunst leans forward and, readying her claws, and recalls, ‘I was with my friend who was like, ‘What did you just say?’ I wasn’t sure if she was going to cry or punch that b**ch in the face.’