Kirsten Dunst opens up about her struggles with PTSD after Civil War shoot

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Kirsten Dunst has openly shared her challenges with post-traumatic stress disorder, which she faced following her involvement in the production of the film “Civil War.” During a candid conversation with Marie Claire, the esteemed actress disclosed that the intense action sequences in the film, which included combat and high-speed car chases, had a profound impact on her, unsettling her deeply.

Dunst, who has graced the screen in a variety of roles that showcase her versatility and depth as an actress, found herself particularly affected by the physically demanding and high-stress scenes in “Civil War.” The filming process, which required her to immerse herself amid staged violence and chaos, left an indelible mark on her psyche, leading to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I remember hearing them practice an explosion. We were in the hair and makeup trailer, which was very far away from set, and the whole trailer shook,” explained the 41-year-old. Dunst opened up that she suffered from PTSD “for good two weeks”.

“There’s so much gunfire, and then you look at the news and it’s a school shooting again,” remarked the Jumanji actress. Dunst recalled, “I remember coming home and eating lunch and I felt really empty.”

Reflecting on the movie, Dunst stated, “I think it’s a cautionary tale, a fable of what happens when people don’t communicate with each other and stop seeing each other as human beings.”

This condition is characterized by persistent mental and emotional stress as a result of experiencing or witnessing a significantly traumatic event. The revelation by Dunst sheds light on the often-overlooked mental health challenges that actors and actresses may face as a result of their work. Immersing oneself in a character and the world they inhabit, especially in films that deal with intense themes or action, can blur the lines between reality and performance, sometimes leading to lasting psychological effects.

“Civil War” promises to be a gripping film with its action-packed scenes and compelling narrative. The movie is eagerly anticipated and is set to make its debut in theaters on April 12. Dunst’s role in the film is much awaited by fans and critics alike, who are keen to see her portrayal in what promises to be a significant departure from her previous work.

As Dunst bravely shares her experience with post-traumatic stress disorder, it opens up a conversation about the importance of mental health support in the entertainment industry. It highlights the need for mechanisms to be put in place to support actors and crew members who might be affected by the content of the films they work on.

This conversation is crucial in ensuring that the well-being of those who bring stories to life on the screen is taken care of, allowing them to continue their craft without compromising their mental health. The entertainment industry, with its glamour and allure, often masks the hard work and emotional toll taken on those who work within it. Dunst’s openness about her struggles is a reminder of the human aspect behind the films we love and the importance of addressing and supporting mental health in all professional spheres, including the arts.

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