Jessica Chastain was once told by a director that she "talks too much about all of this women stuff".

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

The 'Zero Dark Thirty' star fumed about inequality in Hollywood and has called for more "inclusiveness, compassion and empathy".

She said: "I had one male director say to me that I talk too much about all of this 'women stuff'. This is a person I love, and maybe he was concerned I would hurt my career.

"I'm not attacking anyone. I'm trying to create more inclusiveness, compassion and empathy - which in turn makes better movies, better art."

And the 39-year-old actress is disappointed these statistics about gender equality in Hollywood are not changing despite all her efforts.

She added: "I just don't know why it's not changing. I'm doing my part to make the change, so why isn't everyone else?"

And the flame-haired beauty never thought about being a movie star and would love to step behind the camera and direct or produce a film at some point.

She shared to American Way magazine: "I never spent my life thinking, 'I have to be a movie star.' So much attention has been on me for a few years, and what gives me the most pleasure is shining a light on someone else."

Meanwhile, Jessica previously insisted she is "changing" Hollywood's perception of women.

She said: "I remember reading this article that talked about the 'fight' between me and Jennifer Lawrence, how we were rivals because we were up for the same Oscar [for 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Silver Linings Playbook', respectively]. They never say that when men are nominated in a category. So I went on my Facebook and said it wasn't true, because I thought, I'm not standing for this any more; because that being out there tells women that other women are not supportive.

"In fact, if you see a movie like 'Brooklyn', with Saoirse Ronan, and what a great job she did - the more incredible performances there are out there, the more parts for women there are going to be, because audiences are going to want to see it. So why would it benefit anyone to deny accolades for others? It's this long fairytale that women don't get along. But we're changing that."

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