Actress Susan Sarandon has said she’s excited by ‘fluidity of gender’ in today’s society and that she looks forward to seeing the end of gender stereotypes. The Thelma and Louise actress was appearing on Oprah's Master Class on the OWN network, where she gave her thoughts on gender roles and gender identity in today's society.

Susan SarandonSusan Sarandon has been speaking out on gender issues.

"I'm so excited these days by the fluidity of gender that's happening," Sarandon said. ”I think once all those 'boxes' are gone, it's going to be so much more interesting and so much less energy spent on those 'boxes.' We can get down to the nitty-gritty of, really, what a person is.”

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Drawing on her own experience in films such as 2012’s Cloud Atlas, Sarandon explained, "Everybody plays different genders and different colours and in different time periods, kind of suggesting that the essence of a person is so much more than whatever a person is wrapped in. I love that notion.”

Today Sarandon says she sees the same notions about gender identity starting to become mainstream. "I see it more and more, in just the way people are dressing or refusing to dress, or the breaking down of very strict sexual orientation definitions, or even what it means to be a woman," she added.

Sarandon would especially love to see gender stereotypes dissipate in childhood, "I always knew what I had to do for my daughter to give her a fair shake in the world,” the 68 year old said. “But the socialisation problem for guys is so ruthless. Having two sons just made me experience that so much more. Guys just can't feel and can't cry and... all this stuff just gets pounded out of them.”

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The actress added that she thinks the world will become a much more interesting place once the traditional gender roles are broken down, ”I think that it's a much more interesting world when people don't have such narrow ideas of what they can be," Sarandon added. "We're heading that way."