Although Kirsten Dunst had worked as a child model and television commercial actress since she was a toddler, she began to move into movie roles by kindergarten. But it was her breakthrough role in Interview with the Vampire, based on the best-selling novel by Anne Rice, as the child vampire, Claudia, that got people talking. Just ten years old at the time, Dunst shared her first romantic on-screen kiss with Brad Pitt, which would be totally swoon-worthy except that Dunst was only ten years old and Pitt was over thirty.
As Dunst moved through her teenage years, she snagged minor roles in several films, but it was the 2000 cheerleading comedy, Bring It On, that helped to transition her into sexier, grown-up roles, leading to her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson, the friend and love interest of Peter Parker in the Spider-Man franchise. Dunst is showing no signs of slowing down and is even expanding her skills from actress to director in some upcoming projects.