Charlize Theron has said she feels women are often misrepresented in science fiction films, commending her new release Mad Max: Fury Road for its portrayal of strong women.

Speaking on Live! With Kelly and Michael about sci-films the 39-year-old actress said: "I’ve always wanted to explore the genre a little bit more, especially because I think it’s such a misconception that women don’t like the genre, or that they don’t want to go and see these movies."

She added: "I just feel like women have been so misrepresented in these films – why do we have to go and see the genre every single time with the girl in the back of the frame in a push-up bra? Why isn’t there a girl that’s standing on the same playing field with the guys…we don't want to be guys, but in a post-apocalyptic world, we will survive!”

Theron's character has just one arm in the film and she said of her role: "There's something really, really nice about playing this woman who is a woman, first of all, but is a rogue warrior just like Max, and can fight just as well as Max with one arm. There's a lot of women in this movie, like three different generations of women in this story, and I think they're represented really well. And they kick butt."

Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy in the title role with Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also starring. It hits cinemas on May 15.