Dunst was just 18-years-old at the time and already boasted a pretty impressive resume with Interview with the Vampire and The Virgin Suicides under her belt.
But that wasn't the only difficulty she faced when starring in the Sam Raimi trilogy, as she had to turn down other boundary-crossing suggestions by the production team.
"I've always said no," Dunst recalled. "Like, it's my life, you know? I remember once with Spider-Man, they kept at me with this one stunt where they strung me to the top of the ceiling and basically I bungee jumped."
She continued, "I didn't really want to do it, and when I tried it I said, 'Well, you should've shot that because I'm never doing it again. You'll have to find another way'. It was terrifying, I hated it - so you should've shot that because I will never do it again."
The actress' bold courage was admittedly rare at such a young age but Dunst was surrounded by inspirational women both on and off set in the early days of her career.
"You know what, when I was younger I had really strong females around me - my mother, working with Sofia Coppola at 16 [on The Virgin Suicides] when I was really becoming a woman," she said. "I had very good influences personally of women who were like, 'You're great, love your teeth, don't change a thing.'"
"I was given a strong sense of what I feel comfortable with. And, ultimately, it's a TV show or a movie, so I'm not going to kill myself and get in an accident. If my intuition's telling me 'No, no, no,' then I'm not going to do it."
It seems we could all take a lesson out of Dunst's rule book.