Kirsten Dunst ‘repressed all her anger’ and it was killing her
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Motherhood has brought Kirsten Dunst newfound freedom. However, ten years ago, the actress was struggling with suppressed anger.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, the 39-year-old Spider-Man star looked back on her battle with depression in her 20s, which led her to seek help at a Utah rehabilitation center.
Dunst shared with the publication that many people around the age of 27 find that their mental state becomes unsustainable.
“I feel like I was angry,” she said, adding that she didn’t realize she was repressing so much anger. It wasn’t a deliberate action.
The actress highlighted the positive effects of medication on her recovery. “It’s hard to discuss something so personal, but it’s also essential to share,” she remarked.
Dunst encouraged others to seek help when needed, admitting that she was initially hesitant to take medication and lingered in her condition for too long.
Dunst has previously discussed her depression, including in a 2010 interview with New York. There, she addressed the negative reaction to Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and the loneliness she experienced living alone in Hollywood Hills.
“You grow up in an industry where pleasing others is common. It’s challenging to stand your ground and not be afraid to upset others,” she said at the time.
“I was internalizing a lot… I absorbed things from others in my personal life and had to keep giving due to my profession. It can wear you down.”
The actress told The Sunday Times that going through that period of her life led to personal growth and change.
Dunst and her partner Jesse Plemons welcomed their second child, James, this year, joining older brother Ennis, who was born in 2018.
Having her first child made her feel liberated, Dunst told The Sunday Times.
She believes that parenthood allows performers to take more risks and be more vulnerable, as they have less to lose.
According to her, fully exposing oneself is both courageous and beautiful.
Although the Power of the Dog actress generally keeps her private life with Plemons under wraps, she confirmed that they still plan to get married.
“I would marry him tomorrow. We desire a proper wedding; we just haven’t found the time,” she revealed.
“I want to enjoy my wedding and not foot the bill for everyone else’s celebration while I’m pregnant and wobbling down the aisle.”