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Kirsten Dunst refused to lose weight after Sofia Coppola asked

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Kirsten Dunst has been working with Sofia Coppola for years.

So when the director, 46, asked her longtime collaborator to shed some weight before filming their upcoming project "The Beguiled," Dunst had no problem dishing out a great response: no.

"It's so much harder when you're 35 and hate working out," Dunst explained to Variety of standing up to her director, who Dunst says was "very understanding." The actress, 35, also blamed the movie's rural Louisiana filming location as an important factor in her request. "I'm eating fried chicken and McDonald's before work. So I'm like, 'We have no options! I'm sorry I can't lose weight for this role.'"

Kirsten Dunst revealed that Sofia Coppola asked her to lose weight for her upcoming role in “The Beguiled” — and Dunst refused. - Dan Steinberg/Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP © Provided by New York Daily News Kirsten Dunst revealed that Sofia Coppola asked her to lose weight for her upcoming role in “The Beguiled” — and Dunst refused. - Dan Steinberg/Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Dunst and Coppola have previously worked together on films such as 1999's "Virgin Suicides" and 2006's "Marie Antoinette." Their latest project, a Southern Gothic thriller in which Dunst plays a shy teacher who cares for a wounded Civil War soldier (Colin Farrell), premieres at Cannes this month. But despite Coppola's request, those close to the star insist she remains a positive force for women in Hollywood.

"The nice thing about Sofia is she not only makes films about women from the female perspective, she hires an enormous number of women on her crew," production designer Anne Ross told Variety. "So many department heads were women."

Though Coppola's request to Dunst had a positive ending, the fact that women in Hollywood are often asked to lose weight for roles is no secret.

Emma Thompson recently revealed she threatened to walk off the set of "Brideshead Revisited" after one of the film's producers asked a co-star to lose weight, while Amy Schumer admitted last year that she lost weight for her role in "Trainwreck" — only to declare she'd never succumb to Hollywood pressures again.

"The only change was that it was explained to me before I did that movie that if you weigh over 140 pounds as a woman in Hollywood, if you're on the screen it will hurt people's eyes," she quipped in September.

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