Actress Kirsten Dunst is one of the few performers who was able to transition successfully from child star to adult star. She recently won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her role in Lars Von Trier‘s movie Melancholia. And in this month’s issue of Flare magazine, Dunst talks about her own melancholia.
Dunst, who spent time in a rehab facility to cope with her depression, says that she drew from those experiences to play her award-winning role. “I think that most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life,” she said in the interview. “And if they don’t, I think that’s weird.” She added that she hoped that sharing her own story would help eliminate some of the stigma associated with depression and mental illness.
I’m glad that Dunst has decided to speak openly about her depression, but I would caution her against saying that people who have not coped with depression are ‘weird.’ Rather than stigmatizing another group of individuals, she would be better served by simply focusing on the message that people with depression are not weird. It’s admirable that she sought treatment and wants to be open about her experiences, but she doesn’t need to call other people weird in order to get her point across. If anything, it weakens her argument. Let’s all agree with Dunst’s assertion that it’s wrong to make jokes about people coping with depression, but skip the criticism of the people who don’t.