The issue of equality has been a running theme throughout the Cannes film festival, which is the first to take place since sexual harassment allegations against some major Hollywood players surfaced a year ago. He later challenged allegations by N'yongo, who said Weinstein sexually harassed her in 2011 while she was still a college student.
"Time's up. You had a good run but it is time now to be generous with the actresses", she added.
"I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said.
Hayek said much work still needs to be done, particularly on the issue of equal pay. "Because if there hadn't been so many, probably people would have thought that we made that up".
"The actors have to say: 'OK, time's up".
But a day after joining the 82-woman protest at the Cannes Film Festival, Hayek revealed change for women in Tinseltown is already happening.
The actress said she was "shocked" to discover how much of the producer's alleged impropriety had been hushed up. "Look at your quotas", Cumberbatch said.
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Weinstein and his team of publicists rarely responded to allegations from individual women in the news, providing general statements and denials to the press.
"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise [.] We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination and progress".
Hayek spoke on the #MeToo movement and the fallout from accusations against disgraced producer Weinstein on Sunday as part of the Kering "Women in Motion" talks at Cannes Film Festival, in a live-streamed interview at the Majestic Hotel.
The 51 year old said the protest, against female underrepresentation at Cannes and beyond, had been "very meaningful.as a woman [who] has had to go through all the struggles that all women have to go through". "So he went back attacking the two women of color, in hopes of discrediting. if he could discredit us, which would be easier for the audience, the readers, to not believe us, he could then maybe discredit the rest".
Hayek went on, "It's a proven fact that women of colour are less listened to". Because men have the opportunity to rethink what it means to be a man, and this comes with a lot of freedom.