Sigourney Weaver has lavished praise on Jennifer Lawrence, saying she is "brilliant".

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver

Weaver, who stars in new sci-fi film 'Chappie', has expressed her admiration for young film stars of today, many of whom live their lives under constant scrutiny.

She said: "There is now escape now."

In particular, Sigourney complimented Lawrence for how she coped with the fallout from the photo-hacking scandal last year.

She told the Sunday Times newspaper: "It's something actors need to figure out ho to combat, as it doesn't serve anyone to have privacy invaded to such an extent.

"She [Lawrence] is brilliant. Leave her alone. But I'm a grandmother practically."

As a child, Sigourney had a massive crush on US actor Steve McQueen and the hacking scandal caused her to consider how times have changed.

The actress - who is set to appear in a new instalment in the 'Alien' franchise - reflected: "Would I have tried to hound Steve McQueen to see nude pictures? Probably not. I wanted him on a pedestal, frankly. I didn't want him to be like you and me."

About her obsession with the actor, she added: "I wanted to know everything about him."

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