The 66-year-old actress, who was in Spain for the 64th San Sebastian International Film Festival, discussed working in Hollywood and says she has never had more job offers despite her advancing years.

At a news conference on Wednesday morning (21Sep16) ahead of accepting the Donostia Award for lifetime achievement, she disagreed with a journalist who criticised the lack of good female roles in Hollywood.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had more work,” she countered, according to Variety. “Men have more roles, but I don’t think they have better roles. I don’t envy Russell Crowe. Great stories have great women’s parts.

“Our landscape has changed and I feel that’s reflected in movies. I’m often asked to play roles that traditionally would have gone to men. I think it’s a good time for women.”

She also praised the progress that was being made in all walks of life, including the possibility of a female president in the U.S., which she believes is "overdue".

Later, Sigourney accepted the Donostia Award, after attending the Spanish premiere of her latest movie, A Monster Calls, which was directed by J.A. Bayona. During her speech, the actress revealed she first visited San Sebastian in 1979 with cult sci-fi film Alien.

“Tonight I am Spanish. It is a great honour for me to receive this award from all of you in a country I love and whose artists I admire so much and to receive it from our director, Bayona, is a great thrill,” Sigourney smiled.

She also paid tribute to the Spanish director, saying he was “right up there with (David) Fincher.”

“His talent is very unique, but he is his own director," she gushed. "Very Spanish, filled with passion, confidence and honesty. His connection to the material is instinctive, which is amazing to find that in such a young man. He was definitely the captain of our ship.”

The fantasy drama, written by Patrick Ness based on his own novel, follows a young boy who tries to deal with the terminal illness of his mother (Felicity Jones). One night, Conor encounters a "monster" (voiced by Liam Neeson) in the form of a giant humanoid yew tree who has come to tell him stories and soon begins to help Conor fix his unhappy life.