March 29, 2007 / 7:07 PM / 13 years ago

Actress Dunst hopes to play Debbie Harry

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With about 21 years of show business experience on her resume, actress Kirsten Dunst says sex scenes don’t faze her, and she’s hoping to play Blondie singer Debbie Harry in a new film.

Kirsten Dunst addresses the audience after being honored as the Female Star of the Year at ShoWest convention at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on March 15, 2007. With about 21 years of show business experience on her resume, actress Kirsten Dunst says sex scenes don't faze her, and she's hoping to play Blondie singer Debbie Harry in a new film. REUTERS/David Allio

Dunst, 24, began her career in commercials as a toddler and gained national attention at age 12 with her role as a ruined-girl-turned-ghoul in 1994’s “Interview With the Vampire.” She has since gone on to A-list status in Hollywood.

On the eve of reprising her role as Mary Jane Watson in this summer’s “Spider-Man 3” movie, Dunst spoke to The Hollywood Reporter:

Q: What did the $300 million budget for “Spider-Man 3” buy that $200 million couldn’t for “Spider-Man 2?”

A: “More famous people and better special effects. Now, we have two villains and Bryce Dallas Howard.”

Q: For a special-effects action franchise, “Spider-Man” has a philosophical angle about how the privileged should help others. Was that appealing to you?

A: “Honestly, from the first moment I read it, I thought it was so moving and so emotional. The fact that Sam Raimi was directing and had chosen Tobey Maguire, who had done 2000’s “Wonder Boys” and 1999’s “The Cider House Rules,” made it, to me, like an independent film. I auditioned and was so happy I got it.”

Q: Tobey Maguire has said this third movie is his last, but Sam Raimi has said he’s seriously considering four. Where do you weigh in?

A: “I weigh in with Sam. And Tobey would do it as well. If Sam and I were doing it? Yeah, of course. We’re definitely a team at this point.”

Q: What’s happening with your upcoming Paramount film about relief worker Marla Ruzicka, who advocated for Iraqi and Afghani victims?

A: “ (Marc E. Platt) is producing that, and I went in to talk with him about it. I just fell in love with her as a woman. To want to volunteer at 24 of your own accord? I don’t know anybody who would volunteer like that.”

Q: Is it true that you want to play Deborah Harry in a biopic of her band, Blondie?

A: “Yeah. I met with Debbie in Miami, and we both hit it off. We’re both Jersey girls, and she wants me to play her. It’s like the most amazing thing! I will work so hard, because she is the coolest woman of all time!”

Q: By age 19, you were in 20 films and doing your first sex scene as a high school temptress in 2001’s “Crazy/Beautiful.” What’s the most challenging sex scene you’ve ever done?

A: “Sex scenes don’t affect me in the way probably most Americans are affected by them. I grew up with a German father, and we were pretty free growing up as kids. So, sex in films and women’s breasts and things were never an issue for me.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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