The Before Sunrise star recently courted controversy after offering up her thoughts on the current unbalanced state of Hollywood demographics, in the wake of the uproar over the lack of diversity among the top 2016 Oscar nominations.

"Two years ago, I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media," she told "It's funny - women can't talk. I sometimes wish I were African-American because people don't bash them afterward."

"It's the hardest to be a woman," she added. "Feminists is (sic) something people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that."

Delpy's remarks sparked a backlash on social media and, while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Friday (22Jan16), the 46-year-old attempted to clear up the controversy, admitting she is "very sorry for how I expressed myself".

Further clarifying her comments in a statement issued to Entertainment Weekly, she writes: "It was never meant to diminish the injustice done to African-American artists or to any other people that struggle for equal opportunities and rights, on the contrary.

"All I was trying to do is to address the issues of inequality of opportunity in the industry for women as well (as I am a woman). I never intended to underestimate anyone else's struggle!"

"We should stay alert and united and support each other to change this unfair reality and don't let anyone sabotage our common efforts by distorting the truth," she continued.

"Again I'm so sorry for this unfortunate misunderstanding, people who know me, know very well that I can't stand inequality and injustice of any kind."

Delpy isn't the only outspoken actress to face criticism for wading into the hot topic - Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling also found herself under attack after suggesting the #OscarsSoWhite uproar surrounding next month's (Feb16) 88th Academy Awards ceremony is "racist to white people".

Rampling was quoted as saying, "One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list."

She subsequently claimed her comments had been "misinterpreted", and, explaining herself on U.S. TV programme CBS Sunday Morning this weekend, she stated: "I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration."

On Friday (22Jan16), Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced the executives of the institution had unanimously approved of sweeping modifications to their voting system in light of the uproar, and Rampling believes the Academy's commitment to fixing the diversity problem is really promising.

"Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed," she said. "I am highly encouraged by the changes announced today by the Academy to diversify its membership."