Kirsten Dunst on Growing Up in the “Industry” and How She Approaches Her Career

“I had to learn about cinema and discover my own voice, and I think that’s the only way you have longevity in your career.” – Kristen Dunst

Emmy Award-winning actress Kirsten Dunst has had an extremely varied career since she began acting as a young child, and thirty years later she continues to choose roles that demonstrate different aspects of her range and talent. Speaking candidly with Vogue about he role as lead actor and producer of the Showtime series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Dunst talks about her thoughtful approach to her career and how she chooses her roles.

When Dunst is asked about what draws her to the characters that interest her, she says, “I think it’s intuitive, and it comes down to your taste and your barometer of the stories you want to tell. Growing up in this industry, I had to learn about cinema and discover my own voice, and I think that’s the only way you have longevity in your career. There’s a sense of freedom post having a kid, too. I don’t know if other actresses have said this to you, but for me something inside just freed up, and you don’t care. I’ll do anything or go anywhere.”

Despite the fact that Dunst has been acting professionally for four decades, she still seeks out help. She explains, “I always work with someone—an acting lady. I hate to call her a coach, because she’s so much more than that.”

When it comes to her projects in her career, Dunst already looks back and envisions how she wants to reflect on her credits. She says, “I want to look back when I’m old and say I’m proud of the movies and television that I was a part of. For me, it’s trying to pick and choose wisely so I can keep doing this until I’m an old fart.”

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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