Maggie Gyllenhaal finds it ''difficult to discuss'' sexism on the red carpet as the issue is ''very important'' to her.

The 'Honourable Woman' star doesn't like to talk about the current sexual harassment in Hollywood when she's at a film premiere or awards show as she feels it needs a greater conversation than a quick interview.

She said: ''At the Golden Globes, I found it difficult to discuss this because my feelings about it are very, very complicated, and the conversations that have been most exciting to me are ones that have gone on for 45 minutes. I found it difficult on a red carpet to respond to questions about how I was feeling in a way that felt honest to me. I feel like a five-minute interview or a red carpet is not really the place to talk about this incredibly complicated issue that's very important to me.''

And the 40-year-old actress thinks it is great that men and women have joined together to support the Times Up movement.

She added to Marie Claire magazine: ''One of the things I thought was amazing about it was that all of these actresses - some of whom are much younger, some of whom are much older, many of whom are my contemporaries, who most of the time are in competition with each other - joined together, all of us in one room, many people saying very smart, interesting things. We raised money for a legal defence fund to pay for women in all sorts of industries who need legal protection ... I hope that this energy, and this anger, and this pain, and this hopefulness can turn into something that is codified.''