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Kirsten Dunst: 'It's a lot harder doing TV than movies'

Published 01/04/2016

Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst knows she has been lucky in the roles she has had during her career, but admits she has been given more work due to the friendships she has developed.

Kirsten Dunst found her role in Fargo the hardest of her career.

The 33-year-old actress made her name on the big screen in movies such as Interview with the Vampire, Bring It On, The Virgin Suicides and her latest offering, Midnight Special.

But last year (15), Kirsten tried her luck on the small screen, playing Peggy Blumquist in the second series of hit show Fargo. The role earned her a Golden Globe nomination and remains one of the proudest moments of her career.

However, Kirsten admits starring in a television series is an entirely different kettle of fish to shooting a movie.

"It’s a lot harder doing television. You have way more time on movies," she said during a chat on British television show Lorraine on Friday (01Apr16). "(On television) it’s just go, go go, and it’s not a lot of takes. It was the hardest role I think I’ve ever played to be honest. But also the most rewarding because you know, all said and done, people really enjoyed it and it’s so nice when you can be proud of something you’ve done. And I feel that way about Midnight Special too. I’m two for two right now, I’m feeling good."

Kirsten's work flow doesn't appear to have dipped at any point during her career. But she acknowledges that her friendship with director Sofia Coppola, among others, has contributed to her lengthy and varied back catalogue.

"I think the friendships I’ve developed have really led to the most work - you know, with Sofia Coppola and.. I think it’s about harnessing a community and then you can have more opportunities that way," she explained.

Kirsten's pivotal role was arguably in Interview with the Vampire, in which she starred alongside Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise when she was just 11. The experience of shooting a big blockbuster at such a young age was something that has stayed with Kirsten to this day.

"I have very fond memories of that," she smiled. "That was my first big movie ever and they treated me like a princess. I was treated like a little queen, it felt really good. I was 11 and we shot in Louisana, France and England - we shot everywhere and at the legendary Pinewood studios, and the sets were…

"It wasn’t as special effects heavy back then so when they lit things on fire, they lit them on fire - like a village they had built. They just don’t make movies like that anymore."

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