Dunst was so innocent, she brought her mom along to chaperone their initial conversation. But Coppola, who tells stories from the perspectives of her heroines, immediately put Dunst at ease. But I just knew I was never doing that. These two women have fostered an unbreakable bond over the past two decades and four movies.
When it came to directing a love scene between Dunst and Farrell, Coppola wanted to make sure Dunst was comfortable. She kept it short, and both actors kept their clothes on.
They bantered nonstop, as they cracked each other up between shots. Just as the session was about to begin, Dunst noticed they were wearing nearly identical gold watches, and in a sweetly deferential gesture, she took hers off and handed it to an assistant. But she said her director was very understanding.
In the new version, Nicole Kidman portrays the headmistress a part originated by Geraldine Page. You go off into a bit of a trance with her movies. In her version, the heroines are not stereotypes, but fleshed out characters. And then I thought it would be interesting to tell the same premise from the point of view of the women characters. There are probably women who care too.
The women directors that I know are less box office oriented. Independent films only occasionally break out as must-see cultural events usually around Oscar season. So even though they were stuck, they could also bully the studio back.
Now you work for nothing on independent films, and you rely on the fashion industry to support your artistic endeavors. The entire cast bunked at a local Hampton Inn to cut costs.
Indeed, releasing an art-house movie at the height of summer has become a challenge, as the multiplexes are clogged with superhero extravaganzas. Coppola has tried to evolve and take on more mainstream fare. She gave me confidence in little things. On TV, she was so glamorous to me. There are no guns, car crashes, train wrecks, aliens, robots, special effects.
So many department heads were women. I woke up and they told me and I started crying. Dunst likes the marketing campaign: She liked fashion and drawing — sketching pictures of her visits to Disneyland for days on end. At 12, she cut her hair in an asymmetrical bob and plastered copies of Vogue on her bedroom walls.
She dabbled with art school and photography. The reviews were scathing. It was hurtful, some of it. Asked if there was any pay disparity, she says: So yes, I experienced that. I think that was a time when the romantic comedy was so big. We had a good time. Did she ever fall asleep?