Kirsten Dunst Covers Town & Country, Says Boyfriend Garrett Hedlund ''Feels Like Family to Me''

Star also says the exceptions for actors in Hollywood are "ridiculous"

By Alyssa Toomey Aug 06, 2015 8:02 PMTags
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At the age of 33, Kirsten Dunst has spent nearly all of her life working in Hollywood. 

"What people expect of an actor is totally ridiculous," the Spider-Man star muses in the latest issue of Town and Country magazine, looking absolutely stunning on the cover in a pale blue Prada empire waist top and a pink button-down shirt while seated on the beach. 

Those unrealistic expectations were eventually what led Durst to, as the magazine describes, her ''addiction to people pleasing" and she entered rehab in 2008 for depression. 

"It's unfair that an artist is expected to speak really well in public and have skin tough enough to withstand sometimes really hurtful criticism, but also, in order to do the job, be really sensitive and in touch with their feelings," the Melancholia star explains."So all you can do is be yourself – just be who the hell you are." 

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Seven years after voluntarily checking into treatment and taking a brief break from Tinsel Town, Durst is doing better than ever—she's set to star in the second season of Fargo and she's madly in love with boyfriend Garrett Hedlund

"We've been together for three and a half years, so, yes, it's going really well," she gushed of her actor beau, whom she met while filming On the Road in 2012. "We're the same age. We have similar backgrounds. He feels like family to me." 

While rumors of an engagement are constantly plaguing the adorable couple, Dunst seems to be placing her attention on her career for the time being and could not be more excited for her upcoming role in the FX series. 

"She is very much like me at my craziest, my mother at her craziest, my grandma at her craziest," she says of her character, Peggy Blomquist, who apparently speaks a mile a minute. "I could really combine the nutsiest parts of the women in my family. Some of the things [my grandma] would say, how she said them—I had a lot of that inside me already."

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Still, Dunst says the job was very hard work and admits she was exhausted when filming wrapped. 

"TV is a lot harder than film. A lot harder," she reveals. "When I got the part, my friend Lizzy [Caplan], who is on Masters of Sex, said, 'Be sure to get B12 shots to get you through the week.' I was like, 'Really? That sounds very dramatic, Lizzy.' By the third week I was all over the B12. It was one of the best roles I've ever played—the writing is spectacular—but by the end I was tapped out."

When it comes to Dunst's blockbuster roles, the actress is also asked if she has ever been "discouraged by the boys club mentality in Hollywood." 

"You know what? I felt that way when I was younger, particularly being on the Spider-Man sets, which was pretty much all guys," she admits, adding, "But the older I get, the less I feel that way. What I've found is that the cool guys now want to hang out with the cool girls."

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