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Kirsten Dunst

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IN MANY WAYS, SHE’S JUST A LITTLE GIRL. SHE adores Barbie, sleeps with her baby blanket and recently butchered her golden bangs because “I didn’t know you had to grow them out,” she says. “I thought if you cut them, they’d go away.” Yet at 13, petite and graceful, with nary a blemish on her china-doll face, Kirsten Dunst already gives glorious hints of the woman to be. “I’m just normal,” insists the Burbank, Calif., seventh grader, who stole Brad Pitt‘s long-dead heart in Interview with the Vampire, then laid claim to Christian Bale’s Little Women kiss. “None of the boys at school even like me.” Bigger people aren’t so blind. “There’s something deep happening in Kirsten’s eyes, a special quality all the really big stars have,” says Little Women director Gillian Armstrong. Kirsten’s parents—Inez, an artist, and German-born Klaus, a medical-services executive—hope their baby will keep megastardom at bay. “She’s young for her age, and I’m glad,” says Inez. Young, perhaps—but wise. “I’d like to grow up and be beautiful,” Kirsten says. “I know it doesn’t matter…but it doesn’t hurt.”