Kirsten Dunst is a pure breed of talent, skill, beauty, hard work, intelligence, versatility, and eclecticism. She has not ceased to amaze her audience and has gained numerous fans across the globe by simply doing what she is best at. From her breakthrough role as Claudia in Interview with the Vampires to The Virgin Suicide, and Bring It On, down to the Spider-Man trilogy, the American actress continues to bring class, fun, depth, and mystery to the screens far beyond her sexual allure.
Whether she portrays the girl next door in Spider-Man or an unhappy bride with a debilitating melancholy in Melancholia, or an imperious 18th-century queen in Marie Antoinette, or a racist NASA administrator in Hidden Figures, her steely edge and wicked sense of humor are never lacking. While she may not have won an Academy Award for her numerous works, she has other notable accolades in recognition of her prowess and pure talent such as MTV Movie Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as Cannes Movie Awards.
Kirsten Dunst Bio
Kirsten Caroline Dunst was born on April 30, 1982, in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to Klaus Hermann Dunst, a German and New Jersey-born Inez Rupprecht, who has German and Swedish ancestry. She, therefore, holds German citizenship becoming naturalized in 2011. Her father was a medical service executive while her mother owned an art gallery and was a flight attendant. She has a younger sibling, Christian.
She lived with her family in Brick Township, New Jersey where she attended Ranney School until her folks’ separation in 1993 when she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and brother. While at the nation’s center of film and television industry, Dunst attended Laurel Hall School in North Hollywood and subsequently Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California where she graduated in 2000.
She started appearing on screen at the age of 3 as a child model that by the time she got to her teenage years, she found her rising fame difficult to deal with and at a time blamed her mother for pushing her into acting before she knew what she wanted. Nevertheless, with more years in the show business and having garnered enough experience, Kirsten retracted her blames saying that her mother has always had the best intentions summarizing her experience as one of the issues of life.
Kirsten made an early entry into the world of portrayal. She began modeling at the age of three and appeared in television commercials that by the time her breakthrough role came in 1994, she had over 100 commercials under her wings.
With better acquaintance to the screen, she debuted in a feature film in a minor role at age 6. It was in a third, Oedipus Wrecks, of Woody Allen’s anthology film, New York Series (1989). This was followed by her role as Tom Hanks character’s daughter in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) and in 1993, a guest appearance in an episode of the sci-fi drama Star Trek: The Next Generation.
After she relocated to Los Angeles, her career took on a new form with a slew of roles on her heels both in films and in televisions. She clinched her ticket to wide prominence in 1994 in her role as Claudia, a child vampire in Interview with the Vampire alongside Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
Though the film was released to mixed reviews, her performance met with rave reviews earning her her first Golden Globe nomination, the MTV Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and the Saturn Award for Best Young Actress. The same year, she was cast as one of the March’s daughters, Amy alongside Winona Ryder and Claire Danes in Little Women.
The prodigy with no plans of slowing down kept the camera rolling and fans wowing. She starred in a number of box-office success films over the next few years such as Jumanji (1995) and Small Soldiers (1998). Her other works in the ’90s include voice roles as Young Anastasia in the 1997 animated musical film Anastasia, the titular character Kiki in the Japanese animated fantasy film Kiki’s Delivery Service (1998).
Others are Wag the Dog (1997), Dick (1999), ER (1996-1997), Tower of Terror (1997), Fifteen and Pregnant (1998), The Devil’s Arithmetic (1999), and The Virgin Suicides (1999) which marked her segue to adult roles and a working relationship between her and director cum screenwriter Sofia Coppola who would cast her in lead roles in several films in the following years including Marie Antoinette (2006) and The Beguiled (2017).
She established her status as a leading actress in the 2000 comedy teen film Bring It On as Torrance Shipman, the captain of a cheerleading squad. The movie was critically and commercially successful and was followed by five direct-to-video sequels though none of them contains any of the original cast members. In 2001, she starred in the comedy film Get Over It, the historical drama The Cat’s Meow as the actress, Marion Davies. She won the Best Actress Silver Ombú category award at the 2002 Mar del Plata International Film Festival for her performance as Marion.
Kirsten Dunst landed one of her best-known roles in 2002 in Sam Raimi’s trilogy Spider-Man (2002, 2004, 2007). She played Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) love interest, Mary Jane (M.J.) Watson. Added to her mega-successful work in the super-hero film franchise, Dunst has appeared in other off-beat films including Levity (2003), the negatively reviewed Mona Lisa Smile (2003), the sci-fi romantic comedy-drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) alongside Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey. Unlike the former, the film received very positive reviews.
She went on to land roles in such films as Wimbledon (2004), Elizabethtown (2005), the British Comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008), Melancholia (2011) for which she won the Best Actress Awards at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the U.S. National Society of Film Critics, Upside Down (2012), Barchalorette (2012), On the Road (2012), The Two Faces of January (2014).
In 2015, Dunst made a comeback to the small screen co-starring in the Season 2 of the FX series Fargo with Jesse Plemons which landed her a Golden Globe nomination. Her recent works include Midnight Special (2016), Hidden Figures (2016), Wood Shock (2017). Kirsten’s other credits include screenwriting and directorial works. She made her debut in the fields with the short film Bastard (2010) and would be venturing more into the area in the future. In addition, she co-owns a production company, Wooden Spoons Production with her mother.
Kirsten Dunst is also credited as a singer. She made her singing debut in 2001 in the film Get Over It whose role she took up for a chance to sing and eventually performed two songs therein. For the end credits of the film The Cat Meow (2001), she recorded the jazz song After You’ve Gone and has gone on to sing in other films including Spider-Man as well as appearing in music videos such as Beastie Boys’ Make Some Noise and R.E.M.’s We All Go Back to Where We Belong.
She is also given to charity. She designed a necklace to raise funds for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation as well as supports various cancer charities and children’s rehabilitation.
Kirsten Dunst’s Net Worth
The Melancholia actress is known to be versatile and phenomenal in portraying her characters thus has garnered worldwide prominence and critical acclamation, with commensurate earnings. She has also appeared in commercially successful movies such as the Spider-Man franchise which is the most financially successful film of her career to date grossing $822 million, $783 million, and $891 million worldwide for the trilogy respectively. That noted, Kirsten Dunst’s net worth is an estimated $25 million.
Kirsten Dunst’s Husband, Boyfriend
Kirsten Dunst is not married as yet but is already engaged to Jesse Plemons, her co-star in Fargo. The duo became parents on May 3, 2018, when their son, Ennis Howard Plemons was born. They met on the set of Fargo in 2016 and got engaged in early 2017.
Kirsten is a talented and highly successful actress and has been in a number of relationships in the past. The blokes she has dated include actor Jake Gyllenhaal (2002 to 2004), Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell in 2007, and her On the Road co-star Garrett Hedlund (2012 to 2016).
Other Facts About Kirsten Dunst You Must Know
Kirsten is 5′ 7″ (1.7 m) tall and goes by the nickname Kiki.
Following her role in Interview with the Vampire, she receives a coconut cake every Christmas from co-star Tom Cruise which has become known as “The Cruise Cake” in her household.
Her breakthrough role was in the film based on Anne Rice’s novel of the same name Interview with the Vampire and she appeared in Savage Garden’s music video I Knew I Loved You. The band got their name from one of the author’s vampire novels.
Naturally blonde, Kirsten has dyed her hair to fit into her roles a number of times. She dyed brown for her role in Mona Lisa Smile (2003) and red for Spider-Man 3 (2007).
The name of her production company was inspired by her grandmother’s wooden spoons which she used to keep her in check when she was a girl and symbolize women and creativity.
She was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1995 and in 2002.