Jessica Chastain has called for women to "stop apologising".

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

The 'Interstellar' star urged women to work on "feeling confident" enough that they can put themselves forward for things.

Speaking at the 2017 Produced By New York Conference and Educational Forum in New York City, she said: "There's something that women can do ... We need to stop apologising. In any industry, a woman should feel confident. We need to put ourselves forward."

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old actress previously called for "transformative social change".

She said: "I'm making a video because my heart is very heavy. I've learned so much the past few days about the trauma many people are experiencing in our country. I've had the opportunity to listen, more than to speak, and it's really hard for me to express my feelings, my thoughts, in 140 characters.

"I wanted you guys to know that I hear you. I want you to know that I'm committed to creating transformative social change, that I'm committed to dismantling systems of oppression. I share in the sense of what is happening in the country."

And it isn't the first time the 'Zero Dark Thirty' star has spoken out about these social issues either, as she had previously blasted the "disturbing" representation of women in film.

She fumed: "I do believe that if you have female storytelling you also have more authentic female characters. This is the first time I watched 20 films in 10 days, and I love movies. The one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women, from the female characters that were represented. It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest. There were some exceptions, I will say, [but] for the most part, I was surprised by the representation of female characters on screen in these films."


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