2017 has been an eventful year for Kirsten Dunst with two major film releases and other high-profile roles. She starred in Sofia Coppola’s remake of the Southern gothic classic The Beguiled as well as in the Rodarte sisters’ film Woodshock. With some new projects have also come some new problems.
The Beguiled tells the story of a wounded solider being taken into an all-girls school in Virginia during the Civil War. The film is filled with sexual tension and rivalries as the events of having a male solider at a school for girls unfold.
Dunst and Coppola were recently interviewed by Variety. In the cover interview, it was revealed that Coppola had requested that Dunst lose some weight for the role. Dunst was quick to reject the suggestion.
“It’s so much harder when you’re 35 and hate working out,” told the magazine. “I’m eating fried chicken and McDonald’s before work,” she continued. “So I’m like, ‘We have no options! I’m sorry I can’t lose weight for this role.'”
Coppola was apparently “very understanding.” Coppola and Dunst have worked together in the past on The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette and have developed somewhat of a sisterly bond. After Dunst shut down Coppola’s suggestion to drop a few pounds, the conversation was over and Coppola did not put any further pressure on the subject.
It was a bold move for Dunst to decide against the director’s instruction but Dunst was one of the luckier ones. Many starlets who do not cooperate and agree to lose weight upon request will lose their jobs. This is an occurrence that is not rare in Hollywood.
Jennifer Lawrence has come forward about being threatened to lose her job if she did not comply with weight loss ‘suggestions.’ “Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight,” Lawrence explained.
Dunst announcing that she would continue to eat as she pleases shows that she values staying true to herself, which makes her one inspiring woman. If other high-profile celebrities can do the same, then maybe powerful directors and executives will encourage body positivity as opposed to unhealthy modification.