This Former ‘Spider-Man’ Actress Just Said It’s ‘So Much Easier’ to Work Than ‘To Be a Stay-At-Home Mom’

Celebrity moms like Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, and Mindy Kaling frequently comment on the joys and challenges of motherhood. Topics spanning everything from parenting styles to pediatric nutrition are talked about by famous females covered in the media. Most recently, a former actress from the Spider-Man franchise just brought up the topic of stay-at-home motherhood and her views on the role.

Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Wanting a new role

Known for her roles in films including the 2002 through 2007 Spider-Man trilogy, Bring It On in 2000, and 1999’s Drop Dead Gorgeous, Kirsten Dunst also appeared in the FX television series Fargo and will be on Showtime’s upcoming On Becoming a God In Central Florida.

Dunst has been acting since she was a child, and told Marie Claire in 2017 that she was ready to take on a different role. Quoted as saying, “it’s time to have babies and chill,” the actress talked about her desire to have children.

“I wasn’t one of those ‘I need a baby!’ people until my goddaughter was born,” she said in the interview. “I love her so much. That love is just like… you can’t experience that unless you have a kid. I put her to bed last night and she woke up this morning and said to her mom, ‘Where’s Kiki?’ I just love that love. That’s what I want.”

More than a co-star

Dunst found more than just an acting gig on the Fargo series. According to E! News, the actress met Jesse Plemons on the set of the FX drama when filming for season two began in Alberta, Canada in 2015. “It was a gift,” Plemons said on working with Dunst. “I loved Kirsten’s work for a long time, and I was really excited once I’d met her, and she’s a great person, and we’re both actors that just … have fun with the material.”

The couple has been very private about their relationship. They became engaged in 2017, as reported by Us Weekly. Then in 2018, Dunst gave birth to their son Ennis Howard in 2018.

Back at work

According to People, Dunst recently expressed her enthusiasm about going back to work for the Showtime series, saying that being a stay-at-home mom is quite a challenge.

“I’m just tired all the time,” she said at the Television Critics Association Summer 2019 Press Tour to promote the upcoming show, as reported by People. “Also doing the show too, it’s so much easier to go back to work than it is to be a stay-at-home mom. I was like, ‘bye’ to my mother-in-law [who watches her son while she’s at work]! I was like, [phew!]”

The actress plays Krystal Stubbs in  On Becoming a God In Central Florida, alongside Alexander Skarsgård.“I basically went for the hardest thing that I could possibly do after having a baby,” Dunst said. Playing a single mom on the series, Dunst commented that she’s much more aware of all things related to motherhood now that she’s a parent. “I remember getting episodes and I would be like, ‘Where’s the baby? We have to have the baby in that scene or this scene. Krystal’s a single mom.’ That became apparent. You can’t forget the baby!” she told People.

Dunst is also having fun with her character’s fashion style, trying to get it as authentic as possible for the series set in the 90s. “We found Krystal’s look. We decided she definitely wore socks with her boots. The ’90s are so popular and trendy right now that we wanted to steer away from the trends that are happening now in terms of clothing,” she said. “We didn’t do certain things that people are doing now to make sure it was distinctive. She’s got that country ’90s to her.”

On Becoming a God In Central Florida premieres on Showtime on August 25.