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It wasn't too long ago that Kirsten Dunst seemed headed down the Lindsay Lohan path: a former child-star partying herself out of a career. In 2008, Dunst, now 28, checked herself into the Cirque Lodge rehab center, saying she needed help to deal with depression. Now she's prepping for a comeback with her first feature film in two years, the dark relationship drama All Good Things with Ryan Gosling. And for the first time, she's speaking up about her weeks in rehab.
"My friends and family were put in a position where they had to defend me, and it was an awful time," Dunst recalls in the new issue of BlackBook.
The actress refuses to go into depth about her treatment, saying that she doesn't want the press to turn her struggle into salacious gossip material. "On a personal level, I would talk to anybody about it, but not on a public level," she says bluntly. But one thing that Dunst does want people to know is that she was never an out-of-control partier.
"When you’re a single girl in your twenties, yeah, you go out with your friends. And sometimes you drink too much," she says in her own defense. "I don’t know anybody else, with any type of job, who doesn’t do that."
Today Dunst is doing well, with a rock star boyfriend (Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel) and several high-profile movies lined up. And Dunst's struggles in her twenties turned out to have a silver lining: they helped her prepare for this challenging new role, in which she plays the same character over the course of an abusive ten-year marriage. She describes the role as "amazingly cathartic."
"(My character) Katie had been torn down, and I know what it’s like to lose yourself, to no longer know the difference between right and wrong," Dunst says. "I was ready to play something like that. I had been living life on the surface, emotionally, and I was feeling really vulnerable, so I was prepared to do anything at that point."
All Good Things arrives in theaters on Thursday.
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