Lynn Hirschberg: You started acting when you were 4. Did you go to a regular high school?
Kirsten Dunst: Yes. I even went to the prom. I actually borrowed a dress from Sofia Coppola—a beautiful John Galliano burgundy dress that she had worn to the Golden Globes. I was a very lucky girl.
That was before Spider-Man. In Spider-Man, you and Tobey Maguire had an iconic kiss.
Compared to how romantic it looked, it was very unromantic—there was rain running down Tobey’s nose, and he could barely breathe. It really wasn’t fun.
You kissed Brad Pitt in Interview With the Vampire when you were 11 years old. What was that audition like?
The director, Neil Jordan, asked my mother if I was okay. He thought that I was a disturbed child—he found it upsetting that I could cry so easily, but I needed to cry in the audition, so I just kept sobbing. I’d been auditioning for the role over and over, and it was like, God, just give me the role already—I’ll cry, I’ll scream, I’ll do anything!
Hair by Ward at Bryan Bantry Agency NYC; makeup by Aaron de Mey at Art Partner.