Kirsten Dunst opened up about the pressure put on actors in the public eye and Hollywood's changing tides for Town & Country's September issue

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Kirsten Dunst is speaking out about what she calls the “unfair” and “really ridiculous” expectations that actors have placed on them today.

What people expect of an actor is totally ridiculous,” she tells Town & Country as its September cover star. “It’s unfair that an artist is expected to speak really well in public and have skin tough enough to withstand sometimes really hurtful criticism, but also, in order to do the job, be really sensitive and in touch with their feelings.”

Dunst, 33, who’s set to star in the second season of FX’s Fargo, says she’s learned to get through it by staying true to her personality.

“So all you can do is be yourself – just be who the hell you are,” she tells the mag.

Dunst says that a changing mentality in Hollywood has helped make things better for women in the industry. While on set for the Spider-Man movies in 2002 and 2004, the actress felt like she was in an all-boys club, but she says her recent projects have been different.

“But the older I get, the less I feel that way. What I’ve found is that the cool guys now want to hang out with the cool girls,” she says.

The actress also opens up about her love, actor Garrett Hedlund, in the interview.

“We’ve been together for three and a half years, so, yes, it’s going really well. We’re the same age. We have similar backgrounds,” she says, adding, “He feels like family to me.”