And Dunst, it seems, has come to peace with what celebrity and making movies mean. "I'm okay with it. I love what I do, and I know that I've been given this gift," she says. "But there was a time when I wasn't, of course. And if I didn't struggle with it, I probably wouldn't be a good actress at all. I used to feel like I had to be the best at what I did, but I realized I don't have to be the best. It's so freeing. I've never been this happy."
Schwartzman observes that Dunst is as adjusted as can be. "She doesn't have an assistant and some limo driving her around," he notes. "For a person as successful as she is and as famous as she is, she's pretty low-key. I just say, 'Hey, do you want to meet me at this restaurant?' and she just shows up."
Dunst's desire to drop it all "comes and goes. Of course it does," she says, adding that she'd like to try her hand at directing music videos. In an interview Dunst did with People magazine back in 1994, besides remarking how gross it was to kiss Brad Pitt while filming Interview With the Vampire, she told a reporter that her hopes were to have two children and a house overlooking Sunset Boulevard. She said, "I want to be an actress for practically all my life."
Hearing the aspirations of her former self, Dunst lets out a huge Muppet laugh.
"Practically?" She ruminates on the word a little. "Practically?" she asks again. "See, I was even smart back then."