French actress Julie Delpy has apologised for comments she made regarding diversity in Hollywood during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival. The actress was discussing how hard it still is to be a woman in the industry, when she added ‘sometimes wish I were African-American’, claiming that nothing was worse in Hollywood than being female.

Julie DelpyJulie Delpy has apologised for comments she made regarding diversity in Hollywood.

Speaking to The Wrap at the Sundance Festival on Friday Delpy said: “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. 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. Feminists is something people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that.”

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In a statement to Entertainment Weekly released on Saturday, Delpy apologised for her comments saying, “I’m very sorry for how I expressed myself. 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.”

“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,” the actress added. Delpy’s comments come just days after Charlotte Rampling was heavily criticised for calling the Oscar’s boycott ‘racist to whites’.

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Rampling has since said her comments were misinterpreted, telling CBS News: “I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio. I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration.”

“I am very honoured to be included in this year’s wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses. Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed. I am highly encouraged by the changes announced today by the Academy to diversify its membership.”