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Wilde: More female roles needed

Olivia Wilde has claimed that there are better opportunities for females in indie films.

The 30-year-old, who has starred in films like Rush, Tron: Legacy and In Time, said the most interesting roles for actresses are in independent films as she attended a New York screening of her new movie, Third Person.

"I do think you find more opportunities to play more dynamic characters as a woman in the independent sphere. I think people take bigger risks because there's less money at stake. When you're dealing with corporate dollars, they want to make corporate decisions," she told Variety.

Olivia, who gave birth to son Otis in April, also claimed that film bosses are ignoring female film fans.

"This is what the studios need to realise, and are realising, with the success of Hunger Games, Twilight and The Fault In Our Stars. It's so clear that audiences will flock to see female-driven films. It's not a niche market. We aren't a minority. I think [the perception] is changing," she continued.

The actress plays a mysterious short story writer who has an affair with a married novelist, played by Liam Neeson, in Third Person. The romantic drama also stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody and Casey Affleck.

Olivia credited filmmaker Paul Haggis, who directed, co-wrote and co-produced the movie, for giving her a "dynamic and real" character.

"He's the only male writer in Hollywood doing that. He has a lot of respect for women and writes them well," she said.

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