Kirsten Dunst has insisted she is a feminist and that her recent remarks about women belonging in the home were misunderstood.
The Two Faces Of January star provoked outrage and criticism online when she told the April issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine, "staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking - it's a valuable thing my mom created".
Kirsten, 32, told Flaunt magazine: "I was talking about my mother - obviously I'm a feminist. It's ridiculous that anyone would think other of me."
Talking about the criticism of her previous comments she said: "I think I'm very open and honest. I don't have my acting persona and my normal life. I don't feel like I need to hide anything. Of course things are written about you, you don't have any control over that, that's fine - it's part of being an actor."
Kirsten had said during the Harper's Bazaar interview: "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 armour. I'm sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That's how relationships work."
But despite her desire to hold on to her femininity, the former child star admitted she has to be tough and prepared to battle it out for roles as a woman in Hollywood.
She revealed: "There are great female roles out there [but] there's only so much out there for all of us. Everyone has to audition when it comes to certain parts, and women have to the most.
"I still think it's a boys' club in a lot of ways. And to be a strong female in this industry, you have to be really in touch with your masculine side, too. You have to be a pretty strong lady to survive it. You have to be very confident in yourself."