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Is it just us or does it seem like Kristen Dunst has somehow managed to hit the perfect balance between superstar and human being (not that actors aren’t people, but you know…)? Kirsten has been out here starring in every genre of film—period, superhero, teen rom-com, thriller, historical, dystopian—and yet, she’s still under-the-radar enough to not be splashed all over the tabloids every week. To that we say, “Brava, Kirsten, but we still want to know everything about you.”

In celebration of Kirsten’s 37th birthday, we’re rounding up some of the little-known facts the actress has dropped about herself over the years. So, get to know that familiar face even better with the following little tidbits about Kirsten Dunst.

George Clooney taught her how to drive

Think about your driving instructor. Now think about George Clooney. We’re willing to bet the person who taught you how to drive wasn’t as cool as the person who taught Kirsten Dunst how to drive. Dunst had a six-episode arc on the medical drama ER back in 1996-97 and in between takes, Clooney would give the then-14-year-old driving lessons in a golf cart on set. We’re not jealous. Why would we be jealous?

Tom Cruise sends her a cake every Christmas

That’s right. Since the two appeared together in Interview with the Vampire, Cruise has sent Dunst a coconut cake every year for Christmas. And apparently it’s reeeally good.

“He gives me a cake every Christmas, we call it the ‘Cruise Cake’ at my house,” she said. “It’s just this coconut cake—it’s the best coconut cake I’ve ever had in my life… It’s like a major thing and we all devour it that night. We’re like ‘Mmm thank you, Tom, we love it!'”

One of her first gigs was on a “Babysitters Club” cover

We all know Kirsten was a child star, but did you know she was actually a baby star? Kirsten started her career as a model early and was on the cover of the second Babysitters Club book, “Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls.” Yep, that little blondie is Kirsten Dunst at her first modeling gig.

Babysitters Club #2: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls

She named her production company in honour of her grandmother

Back in 1999, when she was starting to move from just acting and modeling to having a more influential role in the production of film, Dunst started a production company with her mother and named it Wooden Spoon Productions. The name honours her grandmother who would always carry a wooden spoon with her to keep the Dunst kids in line. It also has more positive connotations though.

“it’s mixing and stirring and creating, and it’s very female. We want to have a power-house women’s film company,” she said in an interview at the time. “We’re going to hire women in high, high positions, make better scripts for girls.”

She has dual citizenship

Dunst’s father, Klaus Dunst, is of German descent and her paternal grandparents still live in Germany. In 2011, Kirsten applied for and got German citizenship while maintaining her status as an American. She told a German magazine at the time: “I’m now a real international lady, one who can film in Europe without a problem.”

Sofia Coppola lent her a prom dress

Driving lessons from Clooney, cakes from Cruise and now gowns from Coppola? Dunst has collaborated with Sofia Coppola on several projects and also calls her a friend. In 2000, when Dunst was prepping for her high school prom, Coppola let the young actress raid her closet for the occasion.

“I’m helping Kirsten with her prom dress,” Coppola said. “I have told her she can look through my closet and borrow anything she wants as it is such a big night.”

She’s the queen of the cameo

For such a busy actress, Kirsten makes a ton of cameos. She made brief appearances in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and The Day After Tomorrow (which starred then-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal). She also made a quick two-second appearance in the “USS Calister” Black Mirror episode which starred her now-fiancé, Jesse Plemons. Kirsten shared that she was hanging out with Plemons on set and asked the director, “Can I play?” The result was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment where she walks quickly into the frame, then ducks back out.

Kirsten Dunst Black Mirror

She gets political

Dunst doesn’t just share her own political views (she was very pro-Hillary in 2016 and a big Obama supporter before that), she uses her platform to spread awareness about the political system. In 2008, she directed and narrated a documentary about voter turnout in the United States. Entitled Why Tuesday, the film explores why Americans vote on Tuesdays, why the day isn’t a national holiday and why voter turnout is so low.

 

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She was a cheerleader in high school

Seems fitting, right? Turns out the Bring It On mean girl was actually a cheerleader in real life. Go figure.

Kirsten Dunst Bring It On

She’s a big proponent of #Caturday

Kirsten rescued her sweet kitty Tito—who she refers to as a dog-cat—from a life on the streets in 2014 and she’s been a reliable source of #Caturday content ever since. Please enjoy.

 

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Happy Caturday 🐈

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Happy #Caturday 🐈

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Tito pissed #caturday

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Happy birthday, Kirsten. Please keep the cat pics coming.