Jessica Chastain challenges the need for ‘strong woman’ stereotype

When a woman in Hollywood is cast a position of power, people are often quick to label the role as a 'strong female character' – but Jessica Chastain isn't buying it.

The Interstallar actress has hit out at those who use the term because it implies that women do not possess strong personality traits to begin with.

In a series of tweets posted earlier today, Jessica made the point that it is rare for a male actor to be referred to in such a way.

She wrote: “Every time someone writes that I play ‘strong women’ what they’re implying is that most women aren’t. How about I just play well written parts?”

When challenged about the stereotypes facing make actors, Jessica agreed that negative labels can indeed affect both genders.

Her comments some just days after she used her voice at the Elle Magazine's Women In Entertainment event to call out hypocrisy in Hollywood.

"This is an industry rife with racism, sexism and homophobia," she said, as she took to the podium.

"It is so closely woven into the fabric of the business that we have become snowblind to the glaring injustices happening every day."

Adding: "Oh we're very quick to point the finger at others and address the issue with social action and fundraising. Yet there is a clear disconnect between how we practice what we preach in our industry."