But that wasn't all the sexism that she endured at the hands of Spider-Man. She also revealed that prior to filming the 2002 flick, producers tried to force Dunst to get her teeth fixed, presumably to look more 'beautiful' for the role.
She explained that when she was merely 19-year-old, the film's production team drove her to the dentist's office but she refused to go inside, saying, "I was like, 'Mmmmm, no, I like my teeth'."
And it was due to working with Sofia Coppola on the 1999 film The Virgin Suicides that she found her confidence with her crooked teeth. In the film, Dunst played Lux Libson, one of five sisters who struggled with depression and troubled thoughts.
"The fact that the coolest girl liked how I looked, that's what preserved me," she said, referring to Coppola. "She made me feel pretty. As a 16-year-old girl, you feel like crap about yourself, right? So to have my first experience of a more 'sexy' role be through her eyes gave me a confidence that helped me deal with a lot of other things."
However, it hasn't all been smooth sailing for Dunst. Earlier this month, she opened up about her battle with depression, revealing that she checked herself into a rehabilitation facility at the age of 25.
Explaining that she was depressed and struggling with repressed anger, Dunst checked herself into Utah’s Cirque Lodge treatment centre in February, 2008.
“I feel like most people around 27, the shit hits the fan,” the actress told The Sunday Times.
“Whatever is working in your brain, you can’t live like that anymore mentally. I feel like I was angry.”
“It’s hard to talk about such a personal thing, but it is important to share too,” Dunst said.
“All I’ll say is that medication is a great thing and can really help you come out of something. I was afraid to take something and so I sat in it for too long. I would recommend getting help when you need it.”