Kirsten Dunst, who is gearing up for a big comeback with her upcoming film All Good Things, graces the cover of BlackBook’s December 2010/January 2011 issue.
In the accompanying interview, Dunst talks about her new film role and her struggle with depression.
“I know what it’s like to lose yourself, to no longer know the difference between right or wrong,” Dunst tells the magazine.
On checking into rehab in 2008 to deal with depression:
“My friends and family were put in a position where they had to defend me, and it was an awful time… 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 being a party girl:
“When you’re a single girl in your twenties, yeah, you go out with your friends … And sometimes you drink too much. I don’t know anybody else, with any type of job, who doesn’t do that.”
On her role in All Good Things, which also stars Ryan Gosling:
“Although it’s probably been dramatised, I knew All Good Things would change people’s perceptions of me. 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.”
On her All Good Things character Katie:
“Katie had been torn down, and I know what it’s like to lose yourself, to no longer know the difference between right and wrong. I was ready to play something like that. I had been living life on the surface, emotionally, and I was feeling really vulnerable, so I was prepared to do anything at that point.”
“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? 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.”
More snaps from Dunst’s shoot below: