Kirsten Dunst reveals she turned down ‘American Beauty’: “I didn’t feel comfortable with the sexuality”


Lately, Kirsten Dunst has been revealing some surprising details. In an interview with Variety, she went on to elaborate on her preference for working with female filmmakers, having previously disclosed why she declined Sam Mendes’ 1999 Oscar-winning dramedy American Beauty.

Kirsten was chosen as the neighbourhood teenager Angela Hayes, who is the object of desire for the middle-aged protagonist Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey). Mena Suvari finally played the part and the still with rose petals covering her bare body became an iconic photo from the film.

While Kevin won Best Actor at the Oscars the following year, he was called out in the Me Too movement some years later. The disgraced actor is still facing numerous allegations of sexual harassment. However, Kirsten admits that Kevin was not the reason she turned down the role in American Beauty.

“I think I just turned down the meeting or something. But yeah, I just didn’t feel comfortable with the sexuality,” she explained, instead choosing longtime collaborator Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides.

Kirsten is one of the few stars who has worked on Marvel films but hasn’t been enamoured by their success. She portrayed Mary Jane, the leading lady in Sam Raimi’s superhero film Spider-Man (2002). After that, however, she refused to sign any more Marvel films, and she even gave a very clear explanation in the interview for why she hadn’t caught up with the Spider-Man trilogy or other Marvel films. “It’s just not my thing,” she said.