Dunst has come a long way since those early days working with Cruise, but why do we rarely hear about the award winner now? There seem to be several reasons as to why Kirsten Dunst stepped back from Hollywood.
The couple then sparked engagement rumors when Dunst was seen wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring in January 2017. By June 2017, Dunst was openly talking about her engagement to Plemons to People, saying she was "very happy" and "not in any rush" to plan their wedding.
In a May 2008 interview with E! News, she said, "I was struggling, and I had the opportunity to go somewhere and take care of myself. I was fortunate to have the resources to do it. My friends and family thought it was a good idea, too."
When asked about becoming engaged to the person who played her husband on Fargo, the actress opened up to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in June 2017, explaining, "We got together a year afterwards. We became really good friends first." She blushed when asked about how their relationship started and how Plemons proposed, but she admitted, "I was a little sick when he did it, which was funny. But that's good — in sickness and in health."
Discussing her changing attitude when it comes to her career, Dunst told The New York Times, "It's nice to get older because you just care less about what people think of you." She continued, "I don't have fear in my acting, and it's the most freeing thing. That kind of happened after my first kid: You have this attitude where you'll just lay all your chips on the table, because what's the point of not?" Having worked steadily for her entire life, Dunst has literally nothing to prove anymore, and her talent speaks for itself. While she's more than happy in her "bubble," Dunst was spotted filming a new Civil War movie in 2022, so she'll hopefully be back on our screens again very soon.
In an interview with The Guardian, Dunst explained that her mother, Inez, decided she was "destined to be an actress" because she was always a happy child. Her parents eventually started bringing her to auditions for television ads. It worked out because Dunst landed her first commercial at age 3 (via Chicago Tribune)!
Prior to welcoming her son, Dunst told Marie Claire UK in June 2017, "It's time to have babies and chill." The new mom had also admitted, "I wasn't one of those 'I need a baby!' people until my goddaughter was born." She explained, "I love her so much. That love is just like... you can't experience that unless you have a kid. I put her to bed last night and she woke up this morning and said to her mom, 'Where's Kiki?' I just love that love. That's what I want."
While promoting the series, she told Colbert, "I had a spray tan every Sunday for this role. ... I remember Monday morning my mother-in-law is texting me. She's like, 'I think Ennis has a little bit of this brown, reddish hair coming in right here!' I was like, 'Lisa, that's my spray tan!'"
Dunst opened up about her difficult experiences in Hollywood to Town & Country in 2015, saying, "What people expect of an actor is totally ridiculous." She explained, "It's unfair that an artist is expected to speak really well in public and have skin tough enough to withstand sometimes really hurtful criticism, but also, in order to do the job, be really sensitive and in touch with their feelings. So all you can do is be yourself — just be who the hell you are."
Her performance in Season 2 of Fargo earned her an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie in 2016.
On making the decision to join the cast of Fargo, Dunst told Variety in October 2015, "I wasn't sure if I was ready to do television, but since it was a miniseries I was all for it. I don't think I'm ready to be committed to a series, especially if it did OK and went for four years and I couldn't do whatever I want."
During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Dunst said, "They treated me like a little sister. I was very sweet. I was a very innocent 12-year-old. I was just doing my job, and they were very sweet to me." Dunst went on to explain that, at the time, she saw Pitt in the film A River Runs Through It, and she decided she was going to name her son after his character in the film: "His name was Tristan and I was like, 'I'm going to name my first son Tristan.' You know, little girl stuff," she told Colbert.
Dunst spoke to Vanity Fair about her relationship expectations in November 2015, saying, "I appreciate old-fashioned manners." She continued, "I want a guy to pay for dinner and open the door for me. I love the masculine; I've dated men who had more of a feminine side and it didn't work." Judging by the length of their relationship, it's safe to say Hedlund met Dunst's expectations.
The actress talked about the reboot in an interview with Marie Claire UK in 2017, saying, "We made the best ones, so who cares? I'm like, 'You make it all you want.' They're just milking that cow for money. It's so obvious. You know what I mean?"
The actress went on, "So, on Sundays I couldn't hold my kid." She added, "I would postpone it to the latest possible minute so that I could hold my baby before he went to bed ... I couldn't put him to bed on Sunday nights because I would just get spray tan all over him!"