Kirsten Dunst is speaking out yet again. The candid actress, who is currently making headlines for her opinion on gender roles, spoke to W magazine’s guest editor Sofia Coppola about the taboo nature of the casting couch scenario.
For those who are not aware there’s a long history with the term casting couch: In Hollywood, it refers to a person, usually an actress, trading sexual favors in order to work her way up through the ranks of Hollywood. While it’s a vile concept that sets women back for decades, it’s said to exist even though it isn’t largely talked about in the press.
Kirsten Dunst decided to give her opinion on it, and while she admits that she wasn’t a casting couch prospect, she does have a few thoughts. According to Dunst, when asked if a director had ever “pounced” on her, the Spider-Man actress laughed and replied, “No” before going into her own thoughts about the casting couch process.
“I don’t give off that vibe. I think that you court that stuff, and to me it’s crossing a boundary that would hinder the trust in your working relationship.”
While it might not have been intentional, it sure does sound like Kirsten is saying that certain people in the industry put out a special vibe in order to be selected as a casting couch actress, which is not exactly something to be proud of. While some may take the position of feeling bad for an actress that has to work her way up in the industry through sex, Dunst seems to have zero empathy.
Dunst’s private life and career has had ebbs and flows, and it seems like she’s in a better place in her life. Back in 2008, the actress went to rehab for depression.
“[My] hardest age was 27. I had to figure out how to navigate differently through my life. My favorite age is now. I love my friendships, and I know I have fun things to look forward to.”
As far as Dunst’s thoughts on gender roles, she relates it to her relationship with actor Garrett Hedlund and the dynamic they share.
“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued. We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking—it’s a valuable thing my mom created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work.”
Kirsten worked with Sofia Coppola in Marie Antoinette and the cult classic The Virgin Suicides.
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