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Kirsten Dunst, W Magazine

Juergen Teller

Kirsten Dunst doesn't have much empathy for anyone complaining about the casting couch.

In an interview with W Magazine guest-editor Sofia Coppola, the 31-year-old reveals she's never worked with a director who made an inappropriate advance on her, explaining, "I don't give off that vibe."

"I think you court that stuff," she says, "and to me, it's crossing a boundary that would hinder the trust in your working relationship."

That's not to say that the former child star's career ascent, which included a 2008 voluntary rehab stint for depression, has been seamless. "[My] hardest age was 27," she tells Coppola. "I had to figure out how to navigate differently through my life."

Fortunately, though, things are looking up for Dunst these days. "My favorite age is now," she gushes. "I love my friendships, and I know I have fun things to look forward to."

She's also in a relationship with Garrett Hedlund and as she explains to Harper's Bazaar U.K., she seems to think she's figured out the right dating dynamic. "I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued. We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking—it's a valuable thing my mom created...

"And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor," she says. "I'm sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That's why relationships work."