Kirsten Dunst has opened up about her ‘weird’ onscreen kiss with Interview with a Vampire co-star, Brad Pitt, when she was just 11-years-old and he was 30.
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If you’ve not seen the flick, Interview with a Vampire centres on vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac (Pitt) telling the story of his eternal life to reporter Daniel Molloy (Christian Slater).
Dunst starred as Claudia - a young girl who was dying but was then given the ‘gift’ of everlasting life after Louis turned her into a vampire.
After she becomes a vampire, Louis becomes a mentor of sorts and Claudia goes on to become an educated and accomplished woman - on the inside, at least, outwardly, she’s still a child.
Being unable to age becomes a source of frustration for poor Claudia who is desperate to grow up.
In one scene, Claudia gives Louis a peck on the lips, something Dunst has admitted felt pretty strange at the time - particularly as she felt that the much-older star was like a ‘brother’ to her.
During an interview with Vanity Fair in 2021, Dunst, who is now 41, recalled having to bite an actor's neck who was sweating profusely, saying: “That was the worst thing I did, and also having obviously to kiss Brad Pitt at that point.
"I was a little girl and he was like a brother to me and it was very weird even though it was a peck. I was very not into it.”
Despite the weirdness of that scene, Dunst went on to say that she was otherwise happy with her time shooting the movie, revealing: "Other than that I was treated like a total princess on that set."
Dunst has previously opened up about the weirdness of the kiss, per Entertainment Tonight, with archive footage showing then 12-year-old Dunst revealing that she ‘hated it so much’.
Speaking at the time, Dunst said: “Brad was like my older brother on the set and it’s kinda like kissing your older brother. I don’t know. It was weird kissing an older guy. And I had to kiss him on the lips so it was gross.”
Dunst was widely praised for her role in the movie and was even nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.Featured Image Credit: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images/Francois Duhamel/Sygma via Getty Images