Kirsten Dunst: ‘I haven’t worked out once since I had my baby’

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Kirsten Dunst covers the latest issue of Porter-Edit Magazine to promote her new show, On Becoming a God in Central Florida. I’ve said this before, but it’s worth noting again: this is the happiest Kirsten has ever been. For years, she wanted to settle down and get married and have a baby. Garrett Hedlund didn’t want that. Jesse Plemons wanted that. While they’re not married yet, they’re a little family unit with their baby Ennis, and Kirsten is just…happy. Her recent interviews reflect that – she’s so chilled out and content, it’s really nice to see. You can read the full Porter Edit interview here. Some highlights:

She’s not vain about how she looks while she’s working: “I don’t really look in the mirror and see Kirsten when I’m working. I have to set a look for a part and just forget about it. I don’t care how I look.”

Back to work five month after giving birth to Ennis: “I cried to my mother-in-law in the second week [of the job]. It was the hardest job I’ve ever taken, right after five months off with a baby. I was so tired. I would bring home a tuna sandwich from the craft services table. I would take a bath, and then eat my sandwich in bed while I read the pages and learned lines for the next day.”

But it was a job she knew she needed to do: “I had read a lot of TV shows for women – and I just didn’t want to be crying every day. You know what I mean? I didn’t want to be doing something to a man, only reacting to a male character, or having a man do something to me. This woman is her own character. She is doing her own thing.”

Falling for Jesse Plemons: When they met, she “knew he was going to be a soulmate. He’s my favorite actor – the best I’ve ever worked with. I just knew he would be in my life forever. I didn’t know what capacity that would be at the time. When the show was over, I just missed him terribly. We didn’t get together until a year later. We were both smart enough that we were wondering if the connection was just because we were working together. But it was real.”

Still engaged, not married. “But we’re about as married as you can get. We have a kid together. My mom was like, ‘But when are you guys getting married?’ And I said, ‘Mom, I’m not going to get married when I’m pregnant. I want to have fun and have a drink. I mean, we’re paying for this wedding. I’m paying for the bar! I want to enjoy it.’ [My mom is] kind of old-school in that way. I thought I would have a hard time getting pregnant, but it was a surprise. If I hadn’t met Jesse, I would have frozen my eggs. [But] it feels like I lucked out.”

Whether she & Jesse would allow Ennis to be a child actor: “If you have a kid who’s very cute, I get why people do it. Do a Gap ad and you can make your college money. It’s the first time I kind of understand it. Ennis is so adorable, with two big dimples. He is such a happy baby, and I see why I might want that memento of him at this age, but we will probably just encourage him to do school plays.”

She’s not worried about her post-baby body: “The benefit of growing up with [celebrity], is that I have a very healthy perspective of being an actress. I haven’t worked out once since I had my baby. I’m not one of those people who says [affects a funny voice], ‘Ohhh I have to get my abs back.’ I feel like I’ve established myself as an actress. I have a healthy amount of vanity that hasn’t tipped into something really destructive. I want to find parts where I don’t have to be that person, and I have plenty of role models. Look at Patricia Arquette.”

She sold her old pre-baby clothes: “I want to look nice for how I look now. There was a time when I was like, ‘S***! I don’t fit into anything anymore.’ I just bought clothes in the size I am now. I don’t care. I sold all this stuff on The RealReal. And there was some really good stuff in there!”

[From Porter-Edit]

Apparently, she’s a producer on On Becoming too, and she had a big say in the casting choices. She recommended Alexander Skarsgard for one of the bigger roles, and that’s because they worked together on Melancholia, and she had adored him ever since. Nicole Kidman sort of said the same thing, that it was a complete joy to work with Skarsgard on Big Little Lies. I think Alex just enjoys working with women (some men don’t). As for the rest of it… she just sounds happy and fulfilled and like she can’t even believe how well everything turned out. She got pregnant as soon as she wanted to, she’s in love with her soulmate and they’re not stressing about the wedding, and she has a healthy, dimply baby.

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  1. annakarenina says:

    Her filmography is A-MA-ZING.

    I can’t think of anyone else who was so good and natural as a child actor, then managed to be a fantastic teenage actor, and ended up also an incredible adult actor. Usually people can be decent at one of those three. I think she’s just been around so long that we don’t appreciate how good she is.

    • lucy2 says:

      I often forget that she was a child actor too, and you’re right about her being good in both phases.

    • smcollins says:

      Jodie Foster is the only other actress that comes to mind who made the same kind of seamless transition from child to adult actor. I think it helps that even as a child she wasn’t acting in typical kid roles in typical kid movies. It’s not like she did a string of Disney movies and then suddenly switched gears. Her first big role was in Interview with the Vampire opposite Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt, it doesn’t get much farther from kiddie movies than that!

      • lucy2 says:

        Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence too, though Natalie took time off for college. Dakota Fanning too, seems to be coming back to acting after college. But it doesn’t seem too common.

      • Mo says:

        Jennifer Lawrence started at 16, so she really wasn’t a child actress. Natalie Portman was 12 when Leon was filmed, 13 when it came out, so she is borderline on child vs. teen start as an actress. She was definitely teen in everything after that. Dunst was doing commercials at 3, a Woody Allen film at 6, Tom Hanks daughter in Bonfire of the Vanities at 7. She was 11 when Interview with a Vampire filmed. This is really more of a child actress career.

    • manta says:

      Saoirse Ronan accomplished this I think. Fantastic in Atonement and great in everything I’ve seen her in since that. She’s younger than Dunst so it will be interesting to see where she is in her late 30′s but I can’t imagine her going away.
      And if I think of a male counter part, Joseph Gordon Levitt did a great transition. I mean, from the kid of 3rd rock to 10 things to one of my most traumatizing experience in a theater (Mysterious skin), the guy has range.

      • terra says:

        Agree about Saoirse Ronan, although her career hasn’t been quite as varied as Kirsten or Joseph. She wowed me in Atonement and continues to impress.

        JGL starred in one of my favorite little-known movies, Brick. So good. As mentioned above, he’s also played roles in pretty much every genre too, just as Kirsten has. Comedy (3rd Rock), romance (Ten Things), drama (too many to count).

  2. Em says:

    It’s nice to hear someone talking positively about having a child and gushing a bit. She seems like a well adjusted human, committee actress, and lovely mom.

  3. Ronaldinhio says:

    Glad she’s happy.
    I’m so happy to see another voice saying it is okay to do whatever makes you feel happy and able to be the woman and mom you want to be.
    So many of my friends were guilted into snapping back to work outs, sex, work and they were so unhappy. I was too overwhelmed to even think about choices but that left a dread in the pit of my stomach that I was a failure.
    I want to see and hear lots of variety that isn’t based on the male gaze

  4. Jb says:

    To be fair, shes always been a relatively thin woman (bring it on, crazy beautiful, virgin suicides etc) so I’m sure after baby, her body is naturally getting back to its (almost) original state. I hear it from a lot of other ladies who say their body naturally kicked back to their original body shape after baby especially those who were fit to begin with but again everyone’s different and pregnancy does different things to different bodies. Agreed she sounds happy and content with life…I never stanned Kiki but I’m really liking her as an actress and person. She seems chill and real

  5. BaronSamedi says:

    I have loved her since Interview with a Vampire and the new show is simply amazing. She has that Emmy on lock, everyone else in her category need not apply.

    And she’s saying all the right things about her post baby body and feelings. I just…either don’t believe her OR she simply has the luck of amazing genetics. She wears a pretty revealing outfit in the second episode and her body is KILLER. Sure he has a little bit more waist and more boob but she looks incredible. Good for her if she didn’t have to do anything for that but it can be just as demoralizing to hear someone this genetically blessed go on about how they DIDN’T have to work.

    I actually wish we could just hit pause on ALL discussions of bodies and how they look for a while. There’s no way everyone comes out of these discussions happy and aren’t we actually trying to take the focus off our bodies?

    • perplexed says:

      She’s probably worked out for most of her life (especially after that cheerleading movie). People who exercise a lot probably snap back faster. It’s probably just maintenance for her at this point.

  6. Savannah says:

    God I love her!!
    Good for her, she’s a wonderful role modell to girls and women out there!

  7. Kate says:

    Happy for her and I’m happy to click on this story vs the Hilary Duff story (which I’ll probably click on later when I need a break lol). Go Team IDC About Attaining A Certain Pre-Baby Weight!

  8. Nicegirl says:

    This all day long. Love me some Kiki!!! ❤️💕🤦‍♀️🥰🖖🏽

  9. tw says:

    this made me happy

  10. lucy2 says:

    I love everything she’s saying here. She’s happy, you can tell, and she’s not trying to be anything she’s not or prove anything to anyone else.
    I’ve only seen 2 episodes, but her new show is really good, and she’s fantastic in it, as she was in Fargo (I love that she and Jesse missed each other and didn’t get together until well after that filmed.)
    Also love that she suggested Alex, because he is really goofy and funny in this role. I think he’s just a decent guy who people really enjoy working with.

  11. Nicegirl says:

    Just an FYI, the first 2 episodes of her new show are available for free on YouTube. I think Showtime wants to get us hooked and I’m not 😡.

  12. Kate says:

    “I want to look nice for how I look now. There was a time when I was like, ‘S***! I don’t fit into anything anymore.’ I just bought clothes in the size I am now.”

    I hope to have this mentality one day.

    • Beyonce_PadThai says:

      I have a friend who keeps ALL her old clothes in hopes she’ll fit it into one day and have a full wardrobe. It drives me NUTS! She finally had to move and leave a lot of old clothes behind and it really upset her, she felt like she was giving up on her tiny body in the past. I felt like that closet of clothes she USED to fit into was just making her feel bad. Now she can buy clothes that she feels good in and enjoys wearing.

  13. Leah says:

    I recently went on a new job-wardrobe spree on TheRealReal after not shopping for clothes for a few years. If she wore a lot of Phillip Lim and Opening Ceremony, I may have lucked out and got her old clothes. Not likely, but I really recommend the site!

  14. Ms always ms says:

    Somehow I don’t think Patricia Arquette would find the reference to her here flattering…