Chatting to Radio Times about growing opportunities for women and colour-blind casting within the nucleus of the film industry, she noted: "I've been working as an actor for 13 years and there's a definite shift in what I'm being put up for now.
"I recently saw The Personal History of David Copperfield [starring Dev Patel] and the casting was incredible. There's a way to go, but I'm seeing definite improvement."
"There have been improvements over the past few years. But for a long time, the perception was that programmes like this were just for women.
"The pressures women face had been something I'd been talking to my girlfriends about for a while," she added. "Women have far more options than they used to – there's a chance to work and have a family, but also an expectation that you can have it all."
Over the past decade, the 37-year-old actress has steadily progressed from popular UK shows such as Fresh Meat and Humans to big screen box office hits.
Outside of the superhero genre, Chan will next star in Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh's comedy Let Them All Talk, opposite Meryl Streep.
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