Kirsten Dunst: 'I didn't even think to ask for equal pay'

Kirsten Dunst

Actress Kirsten Dunst shares her thoughts on the unequal wages between men and women in Hollywood.

Kirsten Dunst, a famous celebrity in Hollywood, has recently expressed that during her upbringing she was witness to a significant difference in compensation between males and herself, referring to it as "major pay disparity."

According to her statement, she received a lower salary than her male counterparts despite having a higher box office success rate. Her films, including Jumanji (1995) and Bring It On (2000), were commercially successful.

When she was young, she experienced a situation where she felt uncertain about how to proceed. "It was like, what do you do?" she recalled.

"When I was 17, I was still discovering my preferences in movies. It didn't even occur to me to inquire," she included.

Dunst has previously commented on the significant difference in pay between herself and actor Tobey Maguire, whom she acted alongside in Spider-Man back in 2002. She described the gap as being "very extreme".

Alex Garland, the director of the movie "Civil War" starring Dunst, acknowledged that this has been a significant problem. However, he remarked that no one had challenged it, including male executives who just inherited these viewpoints without scrutinizing them.

Dunst portrays a photographer capturing images of a country torn apart by war and crumbling under its own weight.

The celebrity claims that the sci-fi film serves as a cautionary tale about the potential consequences that could transpire.

According to the actress, the movie is thought-provoking and delivers a realistic portrayal of journalists, leaving a lasting impact on viewers.

At age 41, Dunst expresses her delight in playing the main character in an action movie instead of the standard "helpless damsel" role.

The source of the image is the Civil War, produced by A24.

In her latest movie, Civil War, the performer portrays the role of a photojournalist covering a battle.

The movie showcases a clash between the American administration troops and the breakaway "Western Forces," spearheaded by Texas and California.

It seems that the civil war depicted in the movie was instigated by the character of the president, portrayed by Nick Offerman, who disregards the constitution by taking on a third term as leader (as stipulated by law, no individual may hold the presidency for more than two terms).

People have compared the present state of US politics to recent happenings like the Capitol Building attack in Washington DC on 6 January by Donald Trump supporters.

However, Garland, who is also responsible for the screenplay, asserts that the motifs presented are not solely applicable to the United States.

The movie takes place in the United States, however, it essentially tackles two main themes: journalism and polarization. It sheds light on how the rise of populist politics and polarization can pave the way for extremism and radical thoughts.

According to Garland, the situation where individuals' rights are being violated is not just occurring in America, but also in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He stresses that this issue has been ongoing for a considerable amount of time, and there are many other countries where it is also prevalent.

He mentions that the field of journalism is facing a significant threat that he views as peculiar, alarming, and perilous.

There are individuals who advise against relying on the BBC, and if you express support for this impartial news provider, you may encounter hostility and disapproval in some circles.

According to the director, he aimed to exhibit traditional reporters who report events as they occurred objectively without any bias or personal views, and allow the audience to interpret the information on their own.

The featured picture has been sourced from Getty Images.

of a technology company. The movie explores the dangers of artificial intelligence and the impact it could have on society. The cast also includes Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac, who deliver standout performances. In simpler terms: The movie was written and directed by Alex Garland and the president of a tech company is played by Nick Offerman. It shows the negative effects of AI and how it can affect the world. Other actors like Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac also do a great job in the film.

The Civil War movie surprised the writer with its impressive scale and storytelling. The film portrayed the lead characters with empathy and intelligence, while still keeping the audience engaged with exciting moments throughout the entire movie.

Every part of the trip alternates between tense silence and fiercely intense battles, frequently presented with a fascinatingly bizarre touch.

John Nugent from Empire magazine gave the movie a rating of four stars. He also mentioned that the movie keeps the viewers hooked throughout and constantly leaves a strong impact on them. Even though the politics of the movie might be debatable, the movie is definitely made with a sense of assurance, high intensity and a cloud of suspense that keeps the viewer on edge.

Adrian Horton from The Guardian did not like the movie as much, giving it a rating of three stars. She found the movie to be against war, but not specific about which war. She also noted that the movie did not directly relate to current politics or any politics at all.

She finished by saying that the distance causes the viewing experience to be occasionally aggravating - causing excitement in terms of adrenaline rather than feelings.

Dunst started acting at the age of three and has been in the public eye ever since.

According to her, there are other problems related to sexism in the movie industry, not just the issue of pay disparity.

In her younger years, Dunst starred in a significant role in Sofia Coppola's biographical film about Marie Antoinette in 2006.

She was the lead actress in the film and claims that it received negative reviews from movie critics.

The individuals who viewed the movie were in my age bracket, not professional movie critics. The movie critics happened to be elderly males. In essence, the individuals who found pleasure in watching Marie Antoinette have matured and may express fond memories about how much they enjoyed the movie, but they were not the ones critiquing it.

During our upbringing, we were constantly exposed to the idea that the world is dominated by men. This was evident in the language we used, such as "mankind", "man-made", or "man this and that". This perspective had been ingrained in us from an early age.

Dunst believes that things have evolved, and she hopes that the manner in which she navigates her career will be inspirational to other female actors.

The film called Civil War will be available for viewing in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada starting from the 12th of April.

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