WWD: How is it working with Sofia Coppola?
Kirsten Dunst: The thing about Sof, we don't sit there and talk about it until we are blue in the face. I understand her aesthetic and her. I think Sofia felt that what I had inside of me was what she wanted this character to be. She gave me freedom. She is a very intuitive woman, even though she is very private.
WWD: What did you do to channel Marie-Antoinette?
K.D.: For me it was very sensorial acting, very much about what this thing tastes like or what this bed feels like. Everything was supposed to be so new to her in the beginning. All her decadence and joy came out of not having that sweetness and satisfaction in her life, which stopped her from growing up. It was a very childlike reactionary thing. I was very aware of all my surroundings and how everything felt on me.
WWD: Did it help that you and Sofia are friends?
K.D.: When I watch movies that I'm in, I know when I'm being honest or not. Usually, that's what everyone responds to the most. But that doesn't always happen throughout a whole movie. Sofia wants me for the beauty and the ugliness, too. It's not about being the perfect lady or the girlfriend who does the right thing all the time. This is almost like watching a home video. All my feelings and how I was feeling about Paris and the movie, I can see that, which I had never experienced before.