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by alexis wilson

From Bring It On to Marie Antoinette, Kirsten Dunst looks back on some of her most memorable roles.

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Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Dunst got her breakout role in Neil Jordan’s adaptation of Anne Rice’s 1976 gothic novel:  "They treated me so sweetly. I was such a princess on that set. The darkness was always balanced out by fart jokes by Brad."

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The Virgin Suicides
(1999)

Dunst’s role in Sofia Coppola’s debut feature ignited a creative partnership: "To have that through a female gaze instead of a male gaze set me up for the rest of my career, being a young girl in this industry, to not want that approval from male directors."

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bring it on
(2000)

While it became one of the defining movies of the 2000s, Dunst worried she wouldn’t be taken seriously after Bring It On: "It's nice to enjoy these things, but your young self always judges you so hard."

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Marie Antoinette
(2006)

When Coppola asked Dunst to play the French queen, she knew she had to say “oui”: "Every time we work together again, it always feels like you're riding on her ocean. You always feel like you're on this very private Sofia ship, which is really beautiful."

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The Power of the Dog (2021)

Dunst fulfilled a longtime dream to work with The Piano director Jane Campion with the Netflix Western The Power of the Dog: "It wasn't like I needed [to play Rose] to purge part of myself. I wanted to work with Jane Campion. I would have played Phil!"

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