Karen Gillan feels "inspired" by Tilda Swinton.

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan

The 30-year-old actress has revealed that she looks up to the 'Doctor Strange' star, because she thinks the actress' decision to take roles in smaller projects in order to give "interesting filmmakers" a "platform" is an admirable use of her "stardom".

When asked which woman in Hollywood inspires her the most, Karen said: "Tilda Swinton. She could be doing giant movies, but instead she's finding interesting filmmakers and giving them a platform by attaching her name to the project. I think that's a great use of her stardom."

The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star is set to make her feature-film directorial debut with 'The Party's Just Beginning', and has admitted she never believed she could be a director when she was younger as she'd never seen any examples of female filmmakers.

She said: "When I was growing up, I had a video camera and I would make horror movies with my parents or friends. I didn't think of directing as a female job, which is ridiculous, but I hadn't seen any examples. Then I started working in the industry and thought: 'I should just do this.' It's one of the best decisions I've ever made."

Karen shot the movie in her hometown of Inverness, Scotland, and joked that it was strange to stay at home with her mother again.

She added: "I would be directing during the day, in an authoritative position, then coming home and being moaned at by my mother for not bringing my laundry down!"

The red-haired beauty recently starred in 'Avengers: Infinity War' and touched on the idea of directing a version of the superhero ensemble movie using an all-female cast.

Speaking about the idea to Net-A-Porter's Edit magazine for their annual Women In Hollywood issue, she said: "I didn't nominate myself in any real way, but whether I directed it or not, it would be amazing for Marvel to make a movie like that."