Kirsten Dunst may not have been the lovable vampire Claudia in “Interview With the Vampire” if it were not for her acting coach.

Dunst sat down with Rami Malek for Variety‘s and PBS’ fourth “Actors on Actors” series and revealed that her coach made her re-do her audition after a not-so-perfect performance.

Click here for more “Actors on Actors” video.

“I was with my coach,” she recalled. “He was outside of the room. He listened on the door to hear, like, what I was doing. And he knows I didn’t nail it. And I walked out, and he was like, ‘No, you go back in there.’ He’s like, ‘Apologize to the casting director.’ He’s like, ‘She didn’t do what she can do.'”

The entire interview can be watched when the two-part fourth-season premiere of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” airs June 12 and June 19 on PBS SoCal. Presented by Shopbop/East Dane, the episodes will also be available to stream on Variety.com.

More Actors On Actors: TV

  • Richard Madden Was Ready to Leave

    Richard Madden is Done Playing Romeo

    After being known only as Robb Stark for three seasons on “Game of Thrones,” Richard Madden was ready to move on and play characters who aren’t so idealistic and noble. “I’d like to explore things that are a bit not Romeo. I think I spent 10 years playing different versions of Romeo. From Robb Stark [...]

  • Richard Madden Amy Adams Actors on

    Actors on Actors: Amy Adams & Richard Madden (Full Video)

    Amy Adams and Richard Madden both explored dark places with their latest televisions shows “Sharp Objects” and “The Bodyguard,” respectively. In their conversation on Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” the two find common ground on approaching a character with traumatic baggage. They discuss the challenges of depicting intimacy on screen and the vulnerability that requires. Adams [...]

Most Popular

  • Noah Baumbach 'Marriage Story' Fight Scene:

    Noah Baumbach Revisits ‘Marriage Story’ Fight Scene

    Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” has been a critical hit and scored six Oscar nominations, but one intense fight scene has stuck out in particular. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson play a couple in the middle of brutal divorce battle, and everything comes to a head in one climactic argument in the end. They throw harsh words […]

  • Oscar Nominations 2020

    Oscars 2020: Snubs and Surprises

    The 2020 Academy Awards nominations are out, and with a multitude of snubs and surprises. From the all-woman director shut out to Jennifer Lopez’s “Hustlers” denial to “The Farewell’s” lack of acting, directing and writing snubs. Here’s our biggest snubs and surprises from the Oscars.

  • Cynthia Erivo Focus Features LA Premiere

    Cynthia Erivo on Writing/Singing Her Oscar-Nominated Song From ‘Harriet’

    In “Harriet,” Cynthia Erivo’s first starring role in a movie, she plays Harriet Tubman, the legendary abolitionist who rescued more than 70 people from slavery. But that wasn’t her only contribution to the film, the singer also wrote and performed the Oscar-nominated, civil rights song “Stand Up.” Go behind-the-scenes on the recording and writing of “Harriet’s” inspirational […]

Access exclusive content