Kirsten Dunst - The Child-Star Who Did Grow Up

Kirsten Dunst - The Child-Star Who Did Grow Up

Kirsten, whose birth name is Kirsten Caroline Dunst on was born to a medical executive father and an artist mother on April 30, 1982.

Her mother had signed her up with agencies such as ELITE and the Ford agency and had started modelling by the age of 3. Her first ad was that for 'dollies that wet themselves' appeared in around seventy ads. Her first real break came with an animation called 'Kiki's Delivery' where she lend her voice to the character of a young a witch. In her early teen years, she was known to have the skinny, blonde look with an adorable dentist-white smile. Her earliest career high-point came when she reportedly beat 5000 other candidates for the role of Claudia, the vampire child in 1994's 'Interview with the vampire' alongside Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise and bore the ire of thousands of aspiring young actresses when she kissed Brad Pitt on screen. In an interview about the kiss she said, "It was horrible and I hated it, Brad and Tom were like my big brothers on the set, so it was like kissing your big brother -- totally gross!" She also said,  "There's nothing sexual or sexy when you're that age", she said later. "So I was kissing Brad Pitt: so what? He had chapped lips. He was lovely and kind and sweet to me, but it was just yuk." It's interesting to note that both the roles of Claudia, a woman trapped inside a child's body and that of Amy in 'Little Women' were both competed for by Kirsten and Christina Ricci, eventually both went to Dunst. She also starred in memorable roles in 'Jumanji' and lend her voice to 'Anastasia' in the mid nineties.

Kirsten Dunst in 1985 as a child model at the age of three:

Kirsten in various early ads:

Kirsten as a cheerleader in grade 8 (1996) of Laurel Hall, see if you can recognize her: 

Kirsten in the movie 'Little Women'

A still from the movie 'Interview with a Vampire':

Still from the movie 'Bring it On' and Kirsten on cover of Maxim for promoting the movie:

About the cover shoot she said, "We were doing press for Bring It Onand they were like, 'You have to do a sexy magazine,' so I was kind of pressured into doing that. I was a little like, 'I don't want to,' then I was like, whatever. I wouldn't do it now—it's totally cheesy. Thanks for bringing it up! I'm sure it helped bring some dirty old men into the theaters, so I guess I did my job."

Here's Kirsten's first ad on 'Dolly' from 1989.

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