Kirsten Dunst enjoys being satirical in ‘Central Florida’

Actress continues her comedic bent in Showtime series

Kirsten Dunst

Satire has been a big part of Kirsten Dunst’s career, and it’s certainly continuing to be a large component of it now.

For almost every “Spider-Man” or “Bring It On,” the actress has had a “Drop Dead Gorgeous” or a “Fargo” that takes a particularly edgy view of society. Her penchant for off-center looks at life currently is demonstrated by “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” which Showtime and (in Canada) Crave 1 are presenting Sundays. Also among its executive producers, Dunst stars as a vengeful early-1990s woman who slyly targets those behind a pyramid marketing scheme that has cost her dearly, and not only financially.

“I like dark comedy,” Dunst confirms while seated in a garden setting at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. “I think there are real characters in satire. It’s not fun playing the ingenue or that type of role. I like playing someone more real, and ever since I was young, that’s come from playing satire.

“This was something that I immediately thought was very unique,” Dunst adds of her current show. “I hadn’t seen anything like it, and I knew I would be getting to do a lot of weird things in it. For me, the weirder, the better.”

Though Dunst allows that her second-season role in FX’s “Fargo” may have clued more people into her taste for such parts, she maintains, “I feel like I’ve always tried to do movies and television that are outside the box a little bit. I just want to be a part of good, quality projects … and to me, this (series) seems like an opportunity to do something more unique.”

Birthdate: April 30, 1982

Birthplace: Point Pleasant, N.J.

Current residence: Los Angeles

Marital status: Engaged to her “Fargo” co-star Jesse Plemons; they have a year-old son

Other television credits include: “Fargo,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” “Fifteen and Pregnant,” “Tower of Terror,” “The Outer Limits,” “ER,” “Touched by an Angel,” “The Siege at Ruby Ridge,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Sisters”

Movie credits include: “Woodshock,” “The Beguiled,” “Hidden Figures,” “Midnight Special,” “The Bling Ring,” “On the Road,” “Bachelorette,” “Melancholia,” “All Good Things,” “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” “Spider-Man 3,” “Marie Antoinette,” “Elizabethtown,” “Wimbledon,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” “Spider-Man,” “The Cat’s Meow,” “Crazy/Beautiful,” “Get Over It,” “Bring It On,” “Dick,” “The Virgin Suicides,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “Small Soldiers,” “Wag the Dog,” “Jumanji,” “Little Women,” “Interview With the Vampire,” “Greedy,” “The Bonfire of the Vanities”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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