Plemons and Dunst met whereas capturing the second season of FX’s “Fargo,” in which they performed a married couple engaged in a felony cover-up. “I knew that she would be in my life for a long time,” he stated. Though they didn’t start courting till a 12 months and a half after the season had wrapped (and each had netted Emmy nominations), the connection was immediate: They usually stayed up late working traces with one another, a degree of dedication that had been drummed into them from a lifetime spent in the leisure trade.
“We laugh about the fact that we were two child actors,” Dunst stated, “and we both made it out OK.”
As a younger performer, Plemons would fly from his hometown Mart, Tex., to Los Angeles for auditions. He lacked the over-the-top, pixie-stick enthusiasm of his child-actor brethren, and he remembers a low-key studying for the Disney Channel that left the casting director “genuinely confused and almost worried,” he stated. But at 18, that Everyman earnestness landed Plemons a breakout function as Landry, the bookish buddy of the star quarterback, in the NBC soccer drama “Friday Night Lights.”
The present’s cinéma-vérité aesthetic performed to Plemons’s strengths: He may imbue any plotline with a documentarylike rawness, and the sequence leaned on him an increasing number of because it went on. Scenes weren’t rehearsed, and he was allowed to improvise at will, a course of that granted him complete immersion in his function. It was the right coaching floor, and it spoiled him, too: “I feel like I’m trying desperately to circle back to what it was like during ‘Friday Night Lights,’” he stated.
The low-rated present led to a lot higher-profile alternatives — Plemons would go on to play Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son in the Paul Thomas Anderson drama “The Master,” and seem in Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” and “The Post” — however as he bore down on them, that youthful sense of freedom was exhausting to recapture. “I went through a period of time where I was pretty hard on myself, where it was not as much fun as it should’ve been,” he stated. “I care so much and want to give everything that I have, that it just starts eating you up and becomes less enjoyable.”
In different phrases, it’s loads of work to make it appear to be no work in any respect. “He works so exhausting at what he does,” Dunst stated. “He takes everything very seriously and embeds himself very deeply.”