Elizabeth Banks has carved out a swell career in Hollywood, but you can’t blame her if she was bitter about one role she didn’t get more than 15 ago. The actress and Pitch Perfect 2 director told Glamour UK that she tested for the role of Spider-Man’s girlfriend in the 2002 film starring Tobey Maguire but was told she “too old” for the part.

Banks was about 26 at the time — less than 15 months older than Maguire. (Some outlets say she was 28 then, but that was her age when the film came out, not when the screen test happened.)

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“I screen-tested for the role of Mary-Jane Watson in the first Spider-Man movie, opposite Tobey Maguire,” she told the magazine. “Tobey and I are basically the same age, and I was told I was too old to play her. I’m like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s what I’ve signed up for.’” The role went to Kirsten Dunst, then a spry late-teenager. Banks did land the supporting role of Betty Brant, a secretary at the Daily Bugle, and went to appear in all three Sam Raimi-helmed Spidey pics starring Maguire. That’s Banks at 28 on the right at the 2002 Movie Awards. The following year, Dunst won Best Female Performance for Spider-Man.

Banks would go on to appear with Maquire not long after her Spider-Man tryout, starring with him in 2003’s Seabiscuit.