Kirsten Dunst credits mom for keeping her grounded

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2012, 15:16 PM IST

London: ‘Spiderman’ actress Kirsten Dunst has opened up about what her mother taught her, her unusual childhood and her idea of happiness. From a child star in films such as ‘Interview With The Vampire’, which also featured Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, the 29-year-old is now a veteran of 64 movies. Dunst was brought up by her mother, Inez, after her parents divorced when she was 13.

“My relationship with my mom is complicated. She’s wonderful but was like my best friend. I needed to do my own thing,” a leading daily has quoted her as saying.

“She never wanted to become a stage mom but she had to be there for me when I was a child. I needed her because I was filming when only a kid. She had a sense of realism and would say it was not a big deal if I was not hired for a part. In that way she kept my feet on the ground at a time I really needed I,” she stated.

The actress revealed how she faced the effects of fame as a kid.

“I was always a sensible, responsible kid who never had to be told to do their homework or come home early from parties. My life became like an open book, as I was growing up on screen and in public view. At school, I tried to be humble. I put my head down and did not want to be ‘different’. I tried to have as normal a life as possible but there were people stopping me in the street when I was 12 or 13 saying: ‘It’s the vampire chick,’” Dunst recalled.

Then she talked about her depression and how her mom supported through her hard phase. Dunst won much praise for her honesty last year after admitting that, in 2008, she secretly checked into a clinic to treat depression.

“I do everything in moderation. I have never come across cocaine on a film set. I have only tried pot once. I drink but don’t get plastered. I deal with my problems so I do not have vices which have become addictions. So I never had treatment for drugs or alcohol. Instead, I was treated for depression. I was not comfortable talking about it. That was a personal thing. I dealt with it. As an actress you are supposed to be sensitive and vulnerable. But then you are supposed to be super sociable and ‘on’ and be nice to everyone. It is not a normal thing. At the end of a film I felt like I had not much personality left for myself. I was so drained and did not have any energy to give. My mother was totally supportive. She understood. So I stopped working for a time and felt happy and rejuvenated. I don’t like watching my own films. I try to avoid them. I even get a headache at the premieres of the films I’m in. But I really can’t stand actors who pretend they are offended by the fame. If they sign for a potential blockbuster they’re going to get recognition. My idea of happiness is to have a partner with whom I want to spend the rest of my life — and to have babies with the person I love,” she added.

ANI