Kirsten Dunst’s battle with depression

Things started unraveling in 2006, when critics tore apart Marie Antoinette.

Kirsten Dunst knows what it’s like to hit bottom, said Josh Patner in Flare. “I think most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life,” says the 29-year-old actress. “And if they don’t, that’s weird.” Dunst speaks from experience: In 2008, she checked into a rehab center in Utah to be treated for crippling depression.

Things started unraveling in 2006 when critics tore apart Marie Antoinette, which starred Dunst as the French queen. “The movie was so personal to me, and it was like everyone was stomping on my heart.” More flops followed, as did a breakup with her boyfriend. But she found herself unable to talk about her pain. “And because of what I do for a living, I had to keep giving. It can dissolve you.” She also thought that suffering would make her a better actress. “I would hold on to insecurities, because I thought it would help me. You see in people’s eyes what they’ve been through.”

Dunst is more confident now, and no longer believes that misery is essential to her craft. “I know that I perform best when I’m happy, because you can access those [painful] things and be okay at the end of the day.”

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