She was given a nod by The Screen Actors Guild for “The Power of The Dog,” which many critics considered one of last year’s best films.
Dunst grew up in Brick Township, where she began acting at the age of 3. Her long resume includes roles as Spider-Man’s girlfriend and one of the cheers on “Bring it On”, but star has also worked for some of the world’s greatest filmmakers, including Jane Campion, who directed “The Power of The Dog.”
Dunst delved into her past to create a compelling portrait of her future Oscar-winner, and she stars opposite her real-life partner, Jesse Plemons.
“We don’t need to work on any chemistry together,” she said. “It’s just natural there.”
They played a newlywed couple in Montana in 1925.
“It’s a very subtle, old-fashioned start, but there’s a loneliness they both see in each other,” she said.
Rose is a widow, she and her son Pete go to live with George (Plemons) and his brother, who tortured her.
“She’s just trying to get through it, and she’s not using her voice,” sad Dunst. “She didn’t speak for herself.”
Dunst recalls her youth to bring life to her character.
“Yes, living in a place where you don’t have the sense of self to stand up for yourself,” she said.
Dunst said she spent too much of her youth trying to please others but changed her approach as she got older and more experienced.
“Don’t make your performance about others or pleasing others,” she says. “But rather you know how to do it for yourself and make it a catalytic experience for yourself.”
That powerful emotional release gives her such strength.
“For me, it’s about using whatever I feel like to bring it to life when you’re watching,” she says.
The result was Oscars for Benedict Cumberbatch as his stern and tough brother-in-law, Code Smit-McPhee as her son, and for Dunst himself.
“I have worked really hard in this industry and have had such a long career,” she said. “For the recognition and for things to sort out in the positive direction it is now, I can really enjoy it.”
Looking back at Dunst’s work, it’s hard to believe she still hasn’t received an Oscar nomination. She is an artist who is able to communicate without words just by using the changing expressions on her face.
She also received my personal award as the most accessible and realistic star of the moment.
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