Kirsten Dunst Talks Taking a Stand for Female Directors, Sex Scenes and the Challenges of Working on 'Fargo'

"You don't read roles that are inspiring in that way," says Dunst of her 'Fargo' character. "Within one episode, I was just hooked."

A heavyweight in both talent and star power, Kirsten Dunst opened up to The Hollywood Reporter during the Drama Actress Emmy Roundtable on her motivation to create art “that moves people,” taking a stand for female directors and the challenges of working on the highly crafted TV drama Fargo.

Dunst said she was hooked after reading the first episode of Fargo, which soon became the most challenging work she had ever done. In addition to the rigors of shooting, the overwhelming amount of dialogue performed with a specific Minnesota accent added to the actress’s demands. “There were so many stops and starts to the way [my character] spoke, it was like learning the notes to a song,” she said.

When it comes to shooting sex scenes, even gratuitous ones, Dunst boldly confessed that she is “pretty much down for anything if the director’s good. That’s all I care about is the director. I will play any part if it’s with the right person."

She continued: “For me, whenever I choose something, I always try and be a part of something that could be great. Otherwise, what’s the point of doing all of this except for taking risks, moving people, putting something that actually can mean something out there.”

Dunst also encouraged her Roundtable co-stars to take a stand for female directors, saying, “I think it’s up to us as actresses to give the opportunity to first-time directors. You just got to find it, and then create it for yourself."

Dunst starred in the debut features of Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, and she also led Coppola's Marie Antoinette and stars in the upcoming The Beguiled), Lesley Headland (Bachelorette) and the Rodarte sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Woodshock). 

More roundtables featuring comedy actresses, comedy and drama actors and reality hosts and producers will roll out throughout June in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting June 26 on SundanceTV. And look for clips at starting May 16, with full episodes on after broadcast.