The 39-year-old starred as Mary Jane Watson in the original Spider-Man trilogy alongside Peter Parker. In an exclusive with The Independent, the star revealed that “The pay disparity between me and Spider-Man was very extreme”.
“I didn’t even think about it. I was just like, ‘Oh yeah, Tobey [Maguire] is playing Spider-Man.’ But you know who was on the cover of the second Spider-Man poster? Spider-Man and ME,” Dunst speaking to the online newspaper.
The star was first on our screens in 1994 with Interview With a Vampire. She went on to collaborate with Sofia Coppola, who took a liking to the actress, starring in The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette.
This news comes at the same time as the new Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. The highly anticipated film stars Zendaya as the leading female role.
Although the world has moved on since 2002, there’s still a grim outlook for stars like Dunst and Zendaya.
UWM conducted research revealing how “female stars in the nation’s movie capital earn an average of $1 million less per film than their male counterparts when they perform in similar roles.”