The actress, most famous for her role in Twilight, was speaking at the Sundance Film Festival, where she was promoting her new movie Certain Women.
Asked for her thoughts on roles for women in the film industry, she told Variety: “If you’re bored or you feel like there’s a lack of something in front of you… Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something.
“Go write something, go do something.
“And that’s easy for me to say, like — fuck, it is hard to get movies made, it’s a huge luxury, it’s like, who gets to just make movies?
“But that subject is just like so prevalently everywhere right now, and it’s boring.
“Guys make more money because their movies make more money,” she said.
“Let’s start making more movies. It makes sense.”
Variety originally implied that her comments referred to the lack of racial diversity in the film industry rather than gender inequality.
The magazine was forced to issue a correction and an apology after posting the video with a misleading headline, indicating that she found the Oscars diversity controversy “boring”.
A longer version put her remarks into context, including the interviewer’s question.
On the question of whether the film industry had made progress on gender equality, Stewart argued that “it’s expanding quickly, on so many levels” — despite a historically “narrow view”.
Stewart has often spoken out about her views on Hollywood and its treatment of women.
During an interview in 2015 with Harper’s Bazaar, she called the industry “disgustingly” sexist.
“It’s crazy. It’s so offensive, it’s crazy,” she said.
In a 2014 interview with The Daily Beast, Stewart said it was a “really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist”.
Last year Stewart said that she would be “kind of fascinated” by a future reboot of Twilight.
The actress made her name playing Bella Swann in the original 2008 Twilight movie and reprised the role in four sequels released every year until 2012.