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Kirsten Dunst Informs Us that Even Movie Stars Get 'the Boyfriend Layer' (Plus: Some Seriously Gorgeous Photos)


It may seem like movie stars exist on some gilded plane the rest of us can’t access, but occasionally, we’re amused to discover that they experience the same everyday woes the rest of us do. Take Kirsten Dunst, for example, who just posed for Net-a-Porter’s The Edit in some of the prettiest photos we’ve seen all year (so, not like our lives at all) while admitting that even she experiences the love-related weight gain that Lauren Conrad once coined “the boyfriend layer” (totally been there).

Kirsten Dunst the edit
Courtesy The Edit

“I’ve got a little bit more of a tummy now, so although I own about 20 pairs of jeans I’ll wear the same three for a year because the rest are from when I was skinnier,” she says in her interview. “I guess if I wasn’t comfortable and in a relationship I’d be thinner. When you’re with someone you eat so much more and you chill out a bit.”

Even better than her relatable confession? The fact that she’s not letting herself get worked up about it. “I don’t criticize myself more than is healthy, because there’s such a lot of that, isn’t there?” she says. “Whether it’s girls among themselves or gossip magazines, it’s all about women tearing apart other women. I don’t get why that’s so prevalent right now.”

Kirsten Dunst the edit
Courtesy The Edit

That same laid-back approach goes double for Dunst’s off-duty wardrobe. “Sometimes when I leave the house I’ll think, ‘Wait — what if you get photographed? You’re going to be bummed,’” she says. “But I just can’t be bothered to pick out an outfit …’I wore the exact same thing yesterday, because if it worked yesterday, it will work today, right?'”

And while you won’t catch her watching her movies (“I don’t like hearing my voice!”) you may find her indulging in another surprising viewing habit. “when I’m not watching The Bachelor on TV and eating English breakfasts, I’ll come here, eat a lot of bangers and mash and drink Guinness.” We told you that we had more in common with stars than meets the eye!

Do you get the boyfriend layer? How fun does Dunst sound?

–Alex Apatoff