”It’s So Much Easier To Work Than To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom” -Celebrity Mom, Kirsten Dunst Argues Why

This is the very question that may have started the mommy wars. Who works more: moms who stay home or moms who have jobs outside the home? Kirsten Dunst, 37, thinks she has the answer.

The American-German actress, who appears in the upcoming Showtime series On Becoming a God In Central Florida as Krystal Stubbs, said that it’s ”so much easier” to head back to set than to stay at home. The “Bring It On” star and mom-of-one told People:

“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!].

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.”

Neither job is easy and each has its ups and downs. According to Pew Research, about 60% of Americans think a parent should stay at home.

However, the majority of mothers in the U.S. do work outside the home. The same study states that “mothers who are not working for pay spend more time, on average, on child care and housework than do working mothers, but they also have more time for leisure and sleep.”

A 2019 survey from Salary.com also suggested stay-at-home moms should make $162,000 per year for their work. No study on how much more working mothers should make for the domestic duties they still have to accomplish exists.

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After Dunst and fiancé Jesse Plemons welcomed their baby boy Ennis Howard in May 2018, she was excited to get back to work — she was spotted on set just six months after giving birth in her character’s 1990s-inspired attire.

The actress told PEOPLE in a recent interview that she picked “the hardest thing” possible after becoming a new mom in playing Krystal. She said:

“I basically went for the hardest thing that I could possibly do after having a baby. I was with this role for two to three years. For me, it was just the perfect time frame. I had family and friends to help me.”

She also added that motherhood made her a lot more aware of babies on set. She added:

“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!”

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Dunst and Plemons have been dating since meeting on the set of Fargo in 2016. News of their engagement broke in 2017, when Dunst was seen with a ring on that finger at the Golden Globe Awards.

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