Kirsten Dunst is ride-or-die for the San Fernando Valley: ‘I don’t leave the Valley’

Jessica Simpson shows off her style as she leaves the Bowery Hotel

Kirsten Dunst covers the September issue of Nylon. It’s a really lovely shoot with mostly bad and/or trendy clothes, but again, Kiki looks really pretty. She’s currently promoting Woodshock, a film directed by Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Kirsten is starring in Rodarte’s latest ad campaign, and this film is basically like one long ad – I mean, not really, but yes, it is. Kirsten has had long ties to Rodarte, and to the Mulleavys and most of the Nylon profile is about their friendship and shooting the film, which is about a woman who goes on a really bad drug trip in Northern California. With fabulous clothes, I’m assuming. Some highlights from Nylon:

She cries when her friends do well: “Their shows always make me cry because they’re two of my best friends. It’s like watching your baby walk. I’m like, ‘Aw, my friends, look what they did!’ And I’m always crying. I’m just that way. I cry a lot and I love my friends and I’m so proud of what they do.”

On her emotional connections as an actress: “I’m not a tortured soul in general. I try to look at the positives of things.” But she did think that playing a deeply depressed bride whose wedding day coincided with a planet hitting Earth in Melancholia was great fun: “I would drive to work and be like, ‘I’m so lucky! I’m in a Lars Von Trier film!’”

She lives in the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, but not Calabasas: “I started sixth grade in the Valley. We lived in Hollywood and I’d audition. And then we went to the Oakwood apartments [a complex populated by many young Hollywood hopefuls, and home to the Child Actor Program] like everyone else.” Now she lives in the Toluca Lake neighborhood, which is prized for its cozy small-town feel and close proximity to studios. “I don’t leave the Valley. To me, West Hollywood is like another state.”

Jesse Plemons lived close-by before they even got together: “Before we got together, he lived so close to me. We went to the same grocery stores, but we’d never see each other.” Originally from Texas, Plemons is bringing Dunst to his home state the following weekend, and they plan to float on a river in inner tubes.

Good roles for women are scarce, and most of the roles go to younger women: “You’re almost better off being older,” she says, since Hollywood doesn’t know what to do with actresses in their mid-30s, who are past the point of “the young girl who’s just, like, beautiful and things are happening to her.” Dunst cares more about being in good projects than starring in not-good ones. “A lot of the choices I make are director-driven,” she says. “I’d rather do a tiny little whatever in a good film.”

[From Nylon]

I know this is weird, but I love the section of the interview where she talks about her love of the San Fernando Valley. Very few movie stars or major celebrities are like that – they usually live in the “cool places” in LA County, like West Hollywood, Malibu, Beverly Hills or Topanga. To live in the Valley as a celebrity is to be somewhat uncool, or to admit that you want a more humble and normal/family/suburban existence. I kind of love that Kiki is ride-or-die for the Valley.

Also: the way she describes the roles for younger actresses… “the young girl who’s just, like, beautiful and things are happening to her.” That’s so true. Those are the roles for so many 20-something actresses.

Jessica Simpson shows off her style as she leaves the Bowery Hotel

Photos courtesy of Thomas Whiteside for Nylon.

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  1. kimbers says:

    Always loved her! She’s interesting to listen to, seems to know what she wants, and how she wants to live. She isn’t doing papwalks or stinking of desperation like other actresses.

  2. Millenial says:

    I’ve sort of had a girl crush on her since I listed to her on the Nerdist podcast. She seemed like a relatively well-adjusted former child star. And her vibe was pretty positive, but not annoyingly so.

  3. teacakes says:

    I love her so much, she’s a fantastic actress and easily one of the coolest people in Hollywood.

    Also her instagram is gold. I know she says she keeps it to help with getting jobs, but the fact that she openly admits that makes her even cooler – it was the easiest thing to hit follow on ♡♡♡

  4. Eva says:

    Always loved Kiki and looooove that she’s with Landry now.

  5. OTHER RENEE says:

    She’s a wonderful actress and always speaks well in interviews. As for the S.F. Valley, I lived there for nearly a decade and hated it! Left after the earthquake with no regrets.

  6. JEM says:

    I may need to start stalking her now! We live so close to her!

  7. phatypopo says:

    I’m ride or die for studio city. The valley is great!

  8. Coraline says:

    Kaiser, is that the same polka dress Nicole Kidman wore to an event? It looks awfully like it, the ruffle collar, the buttons.

  9. anon says:

    Yeah. i feel like those that live in the valley love it and those of us who don’t will never choose to go there. Theres noting in the valley you can’t find somewhere else.

  10. bella says:

    Always have loved her and her fashion style, but I do not like Rodarte. I find their clothes to be too fussy and over-designed.