Kirsten Dunst says her cheerleader character from Bring It On is the role that best reflects her real personality

By Michael Miller
Updated August 19, 2015 07:50 PM
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Of all her diverse roles over the years, Kirsten Dunst says she most identifies with everyone’s favorite cheer-tator from Bring It On.

Julianne Moore put the question to the Fargo actress in a new interview for Gotham magazine, asking her friend, “What movie role was the closest to your own character?”

“When I was 16 and did Bring It On. I was that girl,” Dunst, 33, said of character Torrance Shipman. “It was like me being in high school as myself. It wasn’t a stretch at all. I was a cheerleader, my best friend was a cheerleader. I wasn’t in competitions, but I watched them on TV.”

Dunst was still very young when the high school comedy hit theaters in 2000, but by that time she was already an accomplished actress.

She made her film debut at age 6, when she was cast in Woody Allen’s short film Oedipus Wrecks, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actress just three years later for Interview with the Vampire. But Dunst tells Moore that her mom was careful not to let her succumb to the dangers of child stardom.

“The influence of how I was raised was the best career advice, because being a child actress can really be unhealthy for your psyche,” she said. “But my mom always sent me to normal school, so I never missed out on the prom or field trips or any of that stuff.”

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Dunst added that she’s looking forward to her role in the second season of Fargo, in which she’ll play a wannabe “celebrity hairdresser” from Minnesota. She also revealed that she’s trying her hand at directing, but was tight-lipped about the details of the project.

“We’re in the rewrite phase [of the script], and we have an actress,” she told Moore. “It’s almost all together, but I can’t fully talk about it yet.”