Ellen: Kirsten Dunst’s Struggles With Depression & Break From Acting

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Kirsten Dunst Returns To Ellen

Kirsten Dunst visited Ellen for the first time since 2006 and it definitely seemed like Ellen had missed her.

“You haven’t been here in years!” Ellen said.

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Ellen: Kirsten Dunst’s Break From Acting

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Ellen asked Kirsten Dunst about her struggles with depression and her break from acting (Image Credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

Ellen said for a while she was confused as to why Kirsten hadn’t been on the show for so long, but she found out that Kirsten took time off from entertainment after filming Spiderman 2.

“I took a little bit of a break,” Kirsten said.

Kirsten said that she had been a popular actress for most of her life and she felt like she needed to get away from it for a little while.

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“I’d been acting so long that I needed to take a step back,” Kirsten said.

Indeed she had. Her first movie was Oedipus Wrecks, a short film by Woody Allen. She was only seven years old when she the film was released. She played her breakout role in Interview With A Vampire when she was only 12 years old.

Kirsten said that her break from acting helped her remember what she loved about it.

“It was good for me and it re-inspired what I do,” she said.

Ellen: Kirsten Dunst’s Struggles With Depression

When Ellen asked Kirsten Dunst if she was comfortable talking about her struggles with depression, Kirsten said she wasn’t particularly comfortable with it, but she indulged Ellen nevertheless.

Kirsten said the depression came from the demands of her career.

“It’s interesting. As an actress, you’re supposed to be sensitive and vulnerable,” Kirsten said. “But then you’re supposed to be super sociable. It’s a lot to ask a person. It’s not a normal thing.”

Kirsten that she now tries to moderate how much she puts herself in those types of situations.

“I avoid the red carpet as much as possible,” Kirsten said. “You have to do it to promote your movies but you won’t see me at an event just for the sake of going.”

She didn’t say whether it’s helped her depression, but Kirsten said she is now living with her mother, her grandmoter, and several aunts and cousins.

“Three generations of ladies and three cats,” Kirsten said. “So things are looking up for me.”

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