Even teenagers make mistakes. Kirsten Dunst turned down the role that went to Mena Suvari in American Beauty, but she has a decent excuse. "When I read it, I was 15 and I don't think I was mature enough to understand the script's material. I didn't want to be kissing Kevin Spacey. Come on ? 15? Lying there naked with rose petals?"
The Drop Dead Gorgeous actress tells TV Guide Online how even a 17-year-old has to face Hollywood's pressure to take it off. "They always want you to take off your clothes! They can't wait till you're 18. You have to stand true to what you believe in. There hasn't been a role where I've felt it's been necessary. Usually they do it just for the guys or just to get sex in there. Certain things are tasteful, like how Kate Winslet did it in Titanic."
Dunst keeps her clothes on in The Virgin Suicides, playing a teenager whose overbearing mom (Kathleen Turner) makes Joan Crawford look like mother of the year. Dunst is tight with her mom but knows a Mommie Dearest when she sees one. "All my friends whose parents are really strict are just rebelling more. One of my friends, [whose parents] would never let her have a glass of wine in the house or champagne on New Year's, [is] going to parties and drinking as much as she can. The parents who say no have the kids who rebel."
The spunky actress sure has grown up fast in front of the camera. Any regrets? "I don't feel that I've missed out on anything. I've always made time for the important things in school that I want to be a part of. If you know what you want to do at a young age, you have to be mature." Talk about wise beyond her years.