Kirsten Dunst: “I Sat in Bed, Watched Friday Night Lights and Ate” Cheese and Bread to Gain Weight for Fargo

Kirsten Dunst gained weight for Fargo
Kirsten Dunst opens up about having to gain weight for her role in Fargo -- read her quotes here FX


Kristen Dunst was 100 percent okay with having to gain weight for her role in FX’s Fargo. The usually slim actress revealed to Jimmy Kimmel on Monday, Oct. 12, that she pretty much just chilled and ate cheese and bread to pack on the pounds for her role as Midwestern beautician Peggy Blomquist.

“I gained weight for this role,” the 33-year-old actress, who also used Jane Iredale cosmetics on set, told Kimmel. “But really, I just sat in my bed, watched Friday Night Lights and, like, ate.”

Kirsten Dunst in Fargo
Kirsten Dunst in Fargo FX

“I was in Calgary,” she continued. “It was cold, so I ordered in a lot of pizza [and] grilled cheese. I just had different cheeses and breads together.”

She didn’t mind gaining the weight, or plugging Season 2 of the hit show, either.

“It’s nice to, like, promote something and not have to lie about it,” Dunst said of the anthology series, which is set in South Dakota and Minnesota in 1976 for this season. 

In August, Dunst revealed to Town & Country that another role, in the upcoming film Woodshock, required her to lose 10 pounds in two weeks. “I am a girl who loves to go out to eat — it’s one of my joys in life,” she told the magazine, before adding that she needed to shed fast because her character has to “look a little ill.”

Kirsten Dunst in 2011
Kirsten Dunst on holiday in Las Vegas in 2011. WH Photography / Splash News

Fargo airs on FX Mondays at 10 p.m.

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