Sigourney Weaver is proud that Alien still resonates with film fans

Sigourney Weaver is proud that Alien still resonates with film fans

Sigourney Weaver is delighted that 'Alien' still resonates with people.

The 71-year-old actress shot to fame as Ellen Ripley in the iconic sci-fi series and is glad that Sir Ridley Scott's original 1979 sci-fi horror is still popular with audiences and gaining new fans.

Sigourney said: "I think all of us on 'Alien' are very pleased the film still resonates with people."

The Oscar-winning star revealed how she and the director wanted Ripley to be more than a damsel in distress, which was an unusual arch for a female character when the movie was released.

She explained: "Ripley was written as a kind of everyperson, and it was unusual, then especially, not to have a woman go, 'Oh my goodness' (and be in distress). Ridley Scott did not want that, neither did I, and I think now we're so far from that in terms of women's strength and situation. We have a long way to go, but it's changing rapidly."

Sigourney confessed that she has little experience of working with CGI despite becoming an icon of the sci-fi genre through appearances in the 'Alien' series and 'Avatar' and supernatural comedy 'Ghostbusters'.

Asked about the changes to sci-fi special effects over the decades she told The I newspaper: "Actually, I've never worked in front of a green screen. I think I did one shot for 'Ghostbusters' a long time ago.

"On 'Avatar', although we're clothed in costumes with little (motion-capture) buttons, the acting experience is very much the same.

"I think that's part of the actor's job when approaching these big projects that are all CGI – to be grounded and work very directly with your fellow actors as if it were a rehearsal for a play. So I feel like acting in these films has intensified my theatre roots in a way."

Weaver also revealed that she enjoys playing "awful people".

She said: "You shouldn't play someone likeable all the time; you have to dig into the awful person and find the gold in them. That's part of the fun of being an actor. I love playing awful people."