SAN DIEGO — Charlize Theron has a message to audiences: See female-driven movies, and studios will make more.

“I always say to studios, ‘Make more female-driven movies,’ ” Theron said. “They said, ‘We would if people go and see them.’ So go see those movies!”

Theron gave a talk at Comic-Con on Saturday in promotion of her upcoming film “Atomic Blonde” in which she addressed the Hollywood pay gap and her pet peeves about female action star clichés.

One of her quibbles with action films centered on female protagonists is that the characters are always given a backstory or a justification for why they became warriors.

“We don’t need to lose a child or a husband or have some kind of revenge story to become a warrior,” Theron said.

Theron said she demanded the same pay as co-star Chris Hemsworth for “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.” Universal Pictures executives did not even argue with her, she said.

– From news service reports