Kirsten Dunst On Entering Rehab for Depression: ‘I Feel Like I Was Angry’

Kirsten Dunst is opening up about going to rehab a decade ago for battling depression.

“I feel like most people around 27, the s–t hits the fan,” Kirsten shared in a recent interview. “Whatever is working in your brain, you can’t live like that any more mentally. I feel like I was angry.”

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In a newly published interview with The Sunday Times, Dunst, 39, recalled how she dealt with depression in her 20s and how she sought out treatment at a Utah rehab.

“You don’t know that you are repressing all this anger, it wasn’t a conscious thing.” The star also advocated for meds in her interview, encouraging those who feel like they need help, to get it.

“It’s hard to talk about such a personal thing, but it is important to share too,” Dunst said. “All I’ll say is that medication is a great thing and can really help you come out of something. I was afraid to take something and so I sat in it for too long. I would recommend getting help when you need it.”

In a previous interview with New York in 2010, Kirsten touched on the criticism of Sofia Coppola‘s Marie Antoinette, in which Dunst had a starring role, as well as the isolation she faced living alone in the Hollywood Hills. 

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“You grow up in a business where there’s a lot of people-pleasing. It’s hard to be firm in your own ground and not be afraid to rock the boat,” she told the magazine at the time. “I was swallowing a lot of stuff…In my relationships and personal life I absorbed things from other people, and then because of what I do for a living, I had to keep giving. It can dissolve you.” 

“You become a different person,” the star more recently told The Sunday Times. “You grow up.”

Dunst gave birth to her second son, James, with partner Jesse Plemons this year. The two also share, Ennis, who Dunst gave birth to in 2018. 

“I remember feeling really free after having my [first] son,” she revealed to the outlet. “I think as a performer you put yourself out there more [after having a child]. You put yourself on the line because you have nothing to lose. It doesn’t really matter. And to show everything of yourself is a brave thing and a beautiful thing.”

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