Sigourney Weaver: Of course aliens exist!


Sigourney Weaver isn't "arrogant enough" to dismiss the idea of extra-terrestrials. The 65-year-old actress' best-known role is as Ellen Ripley in the Alien movies. The first film followed the character as she went to help, following a distress call from an unexplored planet. It has led her to think carefully about otherworldly creatures. "It's the eternal question isn't it? I'm not arrogant enough to think we're the only ones moving around in this big universe. So, yes, I do believe there are other forms of life," she told British magazine Hello!

‘It's the eternal question isn't it? I'm not arrogant enough to think we're the only ones moving around in this big universe.’

The Alien franchise has scored fans all over the world, not least because the lead is a woman. That's something Sigourney is fiercely proud of and she'll never forget how much the role changed her life.

"I'm proud of that. I've always believed that women can take on the same roles as men. Nobody thought that a woman would survive Alien. But I have to disappoint the feminists - it wasn't a political statement, it was just a good twist for the story," she explained.

"[Alien was] very important - Ripley gave me a career. Without her, my life would have taken a different direction. I was a real snob at times and didn't really want to do cinema. All I wanted to do was theatre."

That said, the actress isn't as excited about all aspects of her career. She enjoys inhabiting different characters, but could do without the intense scrutiny that comes with it.

"I don't feel comfortable being called a legend or a star. I'm thankful for being able to provide a good living for my family, but I can do without the fame part," she said.

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