Coppola asked Dunst to drop a few pounds for her role in the upcoming Southern Gothic drama The Beguiled, but the actor immediately pushed back.
The film was shot on location in rural Louisiana — in fact, at the same plantation where Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” filmed — and apparently, the food options were limited.
“I’m eating fried chicken and McDonald’s before work,” she told Variety. “So I’m like, ‘We have no options! I’m sorry I can’t lose weight for this role.'”
Dunst also noted that “it’s so much harder when you’re 35 and hate working out,” but said that Coppola was very understanding.
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The longtime collaborators, who worked together on films like 1999’s The Virgin Suicides and 2006’s Marie Antoinette, emphasize that they actually have a great working relationship. In fact, when Coppola first met Dunst in 1998 when the actor was 16, she immediately took on more of a big sister role, telling her that she didn’t need to fix her teeth, even though others in Hollywood suggested she did.
“She gave me confidence in little things that I wouldn’t necessarily have had,” Dunst told Variety.