Let me start off by saying: I generally like Kirsten Dunst. I thought her utterly infuriating type-A character in “Bachelorette” was hilarious. She is one of those rare cool girl style icons, who actually manages to look good almost all of the time — like Chloe Sevigny, lite. And the last time she really ruffled feathers, it was after she defended her friend “Melancholia” director Lars Von Trier’s potentially lost-in-translation comments about Hitler in 2011.
Nothing stuck out as straight-up offensive about Dunst until recently when she appears to be shooting herself in the foot during a series of interviews on the verge of her new film “The Two Faces of January.” And honestly, Dunst, it might be time for you to take it down a few notches.
The 31-year-old actress recently spoke with her “Virgin Suicides” director Sofia Coppola for W Magazine and decided to comment on a number of controversial topics: selfies, child stardom, nudity in film, and....
What if a director pounces on you while working? Has that ever happened?
No [laughs]. 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.
Because, yes, every actor and actress who has ever been taken advantage of while attempting to make it in the industry was asking for it. They just gave off that vibe. You know?
I bet that’s what will be the outcome in this Bryan Singer controversy, too.
Earlier this month, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, she shared her views on gender roles: “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 mum created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armour. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work...” The publication said she was “surprisingly outspoken,” but that was putting it politely. Her comments raised eyebrows and Dunst received plenty of backlash — maybe even more than she deserved.
However, this is bad. As mentioned, this comes on the heels of the Singer situation, in which the“X-Men” director was accused of drugging and raping a 17-year-old boy in 1999. Michael F. Egan III, a then-minor, was allegedly told his participation would result in film casting opportunities. A representative for Singer said he believes his client will be “vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit,” but Egan’s lawyer Jeff Herman told CNN that “three more ‘Hollywood types’ will be targeted in similar suits soon.”
Herman continued, “[Teen sex abuse cases are] the worst kept secret around, because it has been going on for years in Hollywood.” But according to former child star Dunst — maybe they should just try changing their “vibe.”