Veteran star Jodie Foster is the latest star to address the gender gap issue in Hollywood, sharing her thoughts on the subject while at the Tribeca Film Festival.

“Having been around and making movies for 50 years, the issues are way more complicated than the dialogue,”; Foster says.

The 53-year-old, who directs the upcoming “Money Monster”;, a Wall Street thriller with Julia Roberts and George Clooney, spoke out on the matter while taking part in an on-stage conversation event hosted by director Julie Taymor.

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“Saying, ‘Why are there no women directing mainstream franchises?’ is such a simple question that there are so many reasons. Some of them are about our psychology, our financial world, the global economy, any number of things. There are so many answers to that question that go back hundreds of years,”; Foster says of the lack of female directors. “It would be nice to have a more complex conversation and to be able to look at it as more than just a quota.”;

The actress and filmmaker adds, “It’s not as cut-and-dry as everyone thinks it is. I don’t think it’s a plot to keep women down collectively; it’s a bunch of people that weren’t thinking about it, including a lot of female executives who have risen to the top and have not made a dent in [creating opportunities for female directors.]”;

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Foster is one person who’s clearly tired of being asked what she thinks about the lack of female filmmakers: “We’re all looking forward to a day when we won’t have to have it anymore.”

The in conversation event with Foster was in celebration of the 25th anniversary of “The Silence Of The Lambs”;. Tribeca also honoured the 40th anniversary of “Taxi Driver”; with a special screening that united the film’s cast and director Martin Scorsese this week.

Watch Foster reminisce about her breakthrough performance in the 1976 hit below.