Kirsten Dunst says there is still a lot of work to be done for gender equality in Hollywood.
Dunst, 35, and Sofia Coppola, the director of her new movie “The Beguiled”, sit down with Variety for a feature titled “The Future Is Female”. The Golden Globe-nominated actress tells the outlet how she pushed back when Coppola suggested she lose weight for the new film.
“It’s so much harder when you’re 35 and hate working out,” Dunst says. “I’m eating fried chicken and McDonald’s before work,” she says of the movie’s shoot location of rural Louisiana. “So I’m like, ‘We have no options! I’m sorry I can’t lose weight for this role.’”
“The Virgin Suicides” star is also working on her directorial debut with her remake of “The Bell Jar”, starring Dakota Fanning. To say the road has been bumpy for Dunst is an understatement. “We need our financing,” Dunst confesses. “I’m telling you, I have so many great actresses attached. People are afraid of the name Sylvia and that this is a depressing movie, which it’s not at all.”
“It’s always harder for women,” she expresses. “Everyone has to work 10 times harder.”
Gender inequality in Hollywood is something the actress has been dealing with for a longtime, take her pay versus Tobey Maguire in “Spider-Man” for example. “Because I was young, I thought, ‘Oh wow, I’m getting paid a lot of money for the ‘Spider-Man’ movies’,” she says. “But definitely the men were getting paid more. So yes, I experienced that.”
And speaking of everyone’s favourite web-slinger, Dunst doesn’t fancy the slew of “Spider-Man” remakes. “I don’t care. Everyone likes our ‘Spider-Man’. C’mon, am I right or what? Listen, I’d rather be in the first ones than the new ones.”
“The Beguiled” premieres at the 2017 Cannes Festival, competing for the heralded Palme D’Or. Dunst stars alongside Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.