Kirsten Dunst had no problem saying “No” while filming “Spider-Man” in 2002.
In a new interview with an Australian news outlet, the 37-year-old actress reveals producers on the movie pressured her to fix her teeth.
“On ‘Spider-Man‘ one of the producers tried to subtly coerce me into changing my teeth into those perfect Barbie doll teeth,” she says. “I was like, ‘Nope, not doing that either.'”
Having the perfect smile wasn’t the only thing Dunst, who was then 20 years old, refused to do.
“I remember once with ‘Spider-Man’, they kept at me with this one stunt where they strung me to the top of the ceiling and basically I bungee jumped,” she recalls. “I didn’t really want to do it, and when I tried it I said, ‘Well, you should’ve shot that because I’m never doing it again. You’ll have to find another way.’ It was terrifying, I hated it.”
The actress and new mom says she’s always been able to stand her ground, crediting strong female role models for imbuing her with confidence.
“I’ve always said ‘No’. Like, it’s my life, you know?” Dunst states.
“When I was younger I had really strong females around me – my mother, working with Sofia Coppola at 16 when I was really becoming a woman. I had very good influences personally of women who were like, ‘You’re great, love your teeth, don’t change a thing.’ I was given a strong sense of what I feel comfortable with,” she says. “Ultimately, it’s a TV show or a movie, so I’m not going to kill myself and get in an accident. If my intuition’s telling me ‘No, no, no,’ then I’m not going to do it.”