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    Kirsten Dunst Was Forced To Kiss 31-Year-Old Brad Pitt When She Was Just 11 Years Old, And A Seriously Uncomfortable Interview About The Situation Has Resurfaced Online

    Kirsten has been praised for the way she stood her ground as a child star by repeatedly pointing out that it was “weird” and “gross” for her to have to kiss a grown man.

    Kirsten Dunst was just 6 years old when she made her acting debut in the Woody Allen short film Oedipus Wrecks, and her career quickly went from strength to strength.

    Close-up of Kirsten in a choker and strapless outfit

    Over the next couple of years, she went on to star alongside the likes of Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis, but her major breakthrough role came in 1994, when she was 11.

    Close-up of Kirsten as a child

    Kirsten was cast as Claudia in the movie adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel Interview With the Vampire. Claudia is a 10-year-old girl who is turned into a vampire by Louis de Pointe du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt, played by Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise respectively.

    Close-up of Kirsten, Brad, and Tom in the movie

    The film includes a controversial scene where Claudia kisses Louis on the lips, making then-31-year-old Brad Kirsten’s first kiss when she was just 11 years old.

    Kirsten kissing Brad in the movie

    In 2021, Kirsten told Vanity Fair that having to kiss Brad was one of the worst parts of making that movie, and while she was mostly “treated like a total princess on set,” she always struggled with this part of the script.

    Close-up of Kirsten at a media event

    After recalling a scene where she had to bite the neck of an actor who was sweating profusely, Kirsten explained, “That was the worst thing I did, and also having, obviously, to kiss Brad Pitt at that point. I was a little girl and he was like a brother to me, and it was very weird, even though it was a peck. I was very not into it.”

    Close-up of Brad embracing Kirsten in the movie

    And this was far from the first time that Kirsten had voiced her feelings about the kiss. In fact, even during the movie’s press tour, she spoke out against the scene in interviews.

    Close-up of Kirsten, with Brad in the background, in a scene from the movie

    Soon after she’d wrapped filming, 11-year-old Kirsten told Entertainment Tonight: “I hated [the kiss] so much because Brad was like my older brother on set and it's kind of like kissing your brother. It's weird because he's an older guy and I had to kiss him on the lips, so it was gross.”

    Close-up of Kirsten smiling

    Four years later, she told Interview magazine, “Kissing Brad was so uncomfortable for me. I remember saying in interviews that I thought it was gross, that Brad had cooties. I mean, I was 10.”

    Close-up of Kirsten smiling as a child

    A 1994 interview that shows Kirsten being quizzed on the situation during the promotional tour for Little Women recently resurfaced on TikTok, and it sparked a pretty huge reaction from viewers.

    Close-up of Kirsten smiling as a child

    Many have been left shocked by the way that both the interviewer and Kirsten’s Little Women costar Samantha Mathis broached the subject with the young actor. Kirsten has also won praise for the way she advocated for herself despite her age.

    Screenshot of the interview

    The clip begins with Kirsten being asked, “Did you really hate kissing Brad Pitt?” To which she explains, “Yeah, because, well, y’know what? I love Brad, he’s so nice…it was just, like, it feels awkward.”

    Kirsten and Brad in a scene from the movie

    “I mean, I’m 12,” she goes on. “And he’s like 31, and it’s like, he’s a man. So why would I enjoy kissing him?” Kirsten then giggled uncomfortably as the reporter also laughed and turned her attention to Samantha, who was 24 years old at the time.

    A screenshot of the interview

    “Alright, Samantha, how about you? If you had the chance to kiss Brad Pitt?” she asked.

    Close-up of Brad in a leather jacket and sunglasses

    “Oh, I don’t think I’d turn it down!” Samantha replied. “I mean, he’s a wonderful actor too, though, but I understand.” Addressing Kirsten directly, she added, “Maybe you’re not into kissing boys yet, so I can relate.”

    A screenshot of the interview

    “Well, especially because Brad is 31,” Kirsten immediately rebutted. “I mean, he’s not exactly a boy.”

    A screenshot of the interview

    “If he were 15, maybe?” the journalist asked, with Samantha adding, “It might be better?”

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    “Yeah,” Kirsten said, awkwardly laughing, with Samantha then saying, “There we go!”

    A screenshot of the interview

    Reacting to the clip, viewers called Kirsten “the only sensible one” in the interview, with one person commenting, “When she said but brads not really a boy tho, why the little girl have to correct that grown woman.”

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    “dude her point is totally valid and the chick next her played it like she’s too young to even know better wtf,” another wrote. One more said, “the fact that she had to explain???????????????”

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    “They expected her to have a different answer???” another viewer asked, while someone else added, “She was 12. He was a grown ass man. Leave her alone. She shouldn’t have to defend it being awkward.”

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    Screenshot of the comment about him being a "grown ass man"

    “The child should not have to explain this to an adult,” one more comment read. Another pointed out: “‘Maybe you’re just not into kissing boys yet’ invalidating how uncomfortable she was and trying to place the blame on her…”

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    Screenshot of the comment about invalidating how uncomfortable Kirsten was

    While some were left uncomfortable by the suggestion that a 15-year-old boy would have been an acceptable person for the child star to kiss instead. One person commented, “It's disgusting how she then changed it to 15, him being 15 has nothing to do with the plot, so why not just say maybe if he was 12?”

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    “15 is still not appropriate for a 12 year old!” someone else agreed.

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    Kirsten’s handling of the situation, however, was universally praised. One person wrote, “the way she stood her ground 👏”

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    “what a brave little girl for even speaking her feelings,” another agreed. Someone else echoed, “it’s amazing she voiced her concerns.”

    Screenshot of the comment about Kirsten being "a brave little girl"
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    While one more simply summed up the whole situation by writing, “she's so young this is really sad.”

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    Kirsten’s experience on Interview With the Vampire seemingly had an impact on her future acting choices, with the former child star previously revealing that she was asked to play Kevin Spacey’s teen object of desire in American Beauty four years later but turned it down.

    Close-up of Kirsten smiling

    Kirsten explained, “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! Lying there naked with rose petals?"

    A scene from American Beauty with Kevin and Mena Suvari

    The role ultimately ended up going to Mena Suvari, who was 19 years old at the time.