This Actress Says She Hasn’t Worked Out Since Giving Birth Over a Year Ago
Kirsten Dunst is currently starring in the new offbeat Showtime series On Becoming A God in Central Florida. The actress is no stranger to Hollywood, having starred in various films including the Spider-man trilogy between 2002 and 2007, Bring it On, Mona Lisa Smile, and Marie Antoinette.
Dunst is well aware of the pressure on actresses to fit a certain body type, though she has chosen not to cater to the industry’s unrealistic demands. In May 2018, she welcomed son Ennis Howard with fiancé Jesse Plemons, and recently revealed she has not worked out since giving birth.
Positive role models
With a long history in films, Dunst was very particular in her choices of projects. “I always went with what I wanted to do,” she says. “I wanted to be around girls my age, and work for people I trusted. I went to normal schools. My mom always came with me on location and brought the pasta maker and made me feel really comfortable,” she told Net-A-Porter’s digital magazine PorterEdit.
Dunst worked with director Sofia Coppola on the film Marie Antoinette, and received consistent positive affirmation from the director. “I had good influences growing up. I worked with Sofia when I was a teenager, and she said, ‘Don’t fix your teeth. People will tell you to fix them, but you’re beautiful. You don’t need to,’” Dunst said of Coppola. “Later, when I was working on Spider-Man, people were recommending a dentist. I would think, ‘Well, Sofia likes my teeth. She’s so natural, so chic and feminine, and she’s directing movies. If she thinks I’m pretty, I’m pretty.’”
Comfortable in her own skin
Though she gave birth to her son over a year ago, Dunst hasn’t seen the need to reinstate a workout routine. “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,” the actress revealed. “I’m not one of those people who says, ‘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.”
Not only did Dunst forego a rigorous exercise routine, but she chose to embrace her post-baby body rather than trying to change it. “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,” she said. “I don’t care. I sold all this stuff on The RealReal. And there was some really good stuff in there!”
Back to work
In the new Showtime series, Dunst plays single mom Krystal Stubbs, an Orlando-adjacent waterpark employee that becomes entangled in a pyramid scheme called Founders American Merchandise (FAM), and seeks to move up the ranks no matter what it takes. According to People, Dunst sought a challenge after having some time off with her son. “I basically went for the hardest thing that I could possibly do after having a baby,” she said.
Now that she had an infant at home, going back to work proved to be quite a daunting task. “I cried to my mother-in-law in the second week,” Dunst said. “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.”
It looks like her hard work paid off. Dunst is already receiving rave reviews for her role as Krystal, such as “Dunst’s performance is so magnetic that the show could’ve focused on her alone,” from Variety.
Viewers can watch On Becoming A God in Central Florida on Showtime!