In Defense of Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst has been in the film industry for decades. But even with movies like JumanjiMarie AntoinetteInterview with a Vampire, and Bring It On under her belt, she’s still not feeling the love from Hollywood. 

Earlier this week, she appeared on Sirius XM radio Show In Depth With Larry Flick, where she told the host,

“I know that all you have is your work at the end of the day, and that’s all people really care about, and I’m intelligent enough to know that and have perspective. But sometimes you’re like, mmm, it’d be nice to be recognized by your peers… I’ve never been recognized by my industry.”

She added that her peers, “just think I’m the girl from Bring It On.”

For some, her comments have been eye-roll-inducing. Here we have a celebrity who has been surrounded by glitz and glamour her entire life. She literally has nothing to complain about.

But imagine working for years with hardly any recognition for your good work. Wouldn’t you be annoyed? It doesn’t matter that Kirsten is a celebrity that seems to have everything, her feelings are extremely valid.

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Photo: @kirstendunst / Instagram

Kirsten has been working since she was a kid, and when it comes to career longevity, she’s in the same league as Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, and Anne Hathaway. But for some reason, she’s not treated as such. Most of Kirsten’s peers have garnered critical acclaim for their films and have gone to win Oscars. Meanwhile, only MTV and Teen Choice awards sit on Kirsten’s shelves. 

For millennials, she defined our generation. She fought off wild animals and a crazy poacher in Jumanji. She was the badass cheerleading captain who changed her squads cultural appropriating ways in Bring It On. And who can forget her role as the goal-oriented pageant queen in the twisted dramedy Drop Dead Gorgeous? It’s safe to say she has to be one of the most underrated actresses of our time. 

But with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a new TV show, On Becoming a God in Central Florida on Showtime, hopefully, Hollywood will finally give her the attention she rightfully deserves.

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Photo: @kirstendunst / Instagram

On Becoming a God, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m., takes place in 1992 and follows Kirsten’s character, Krystal Stubbs as she scams her way to the top of Founders American Merchandise; a fictional MLM company. 

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kirsten explained what drew her to Krystal. 

“I couldn’t let this character go. I read other shows before that I could’ve done, but this was just so different. I don’t have to be crying about some man or what the man did to me. It doesn’t matter. This is Krystal’s show and it’s not about that, which most female roles kind of still are…. This is the age range where it’s easier to find good material in television. That’s where the best work is for me and what I’m interested in doing.”

As someone who once memorized the choreography of the Rancho Carne Toros (and of course, the Clovers), I’m claiming it as the year Kirsten Dunst finally gets her dues. Now please, stop referring to her as “the one who played Peter Parker’s girlfriend.”


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Alysia Stevenson
Alysia Stevenson is a twenty-seven New York City transplant currently living in Florida with her boyfriend and three furbabies. When she's not writing, you can find her watching beauty tutorials on Youtube or Parks and Rec for the millionth time.