When Nicole Kidman was a young actress, Jane Campion offered her a role in one of her early films. Kidman declined the part, because it required her to wear a shower cap and kiss a girl, and she dreamed of being the kind of actress who had long, flowing hair and kissed boys.
Kidman said she still regrets missing this opportunity, as she accepted a trophy at Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards.
She said she's no longer afraid to attempt the unexpected, urging women to "take risks, raise our voices and honour the fire within".
"Obviously we need to create more opportunities, it's not an even playing field," Kidman said on the red carpet.
"We're all working and banding together and trying to change that and that's what's needed.
"We also need to put cameras in little girls' hands and get them to tell stories and increase their confidence so that they can feel powerful," she added.
The Oscar winner also pulled a shower cap from her purse and declared she was "ready... to kiss any woman in the room".
Longtime friend Naomi Watts, who presented Kidman with her award, took her up on the offer.
Kristen Stewart and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer made a surprise appearance to introduce a group of young female filmmakers who won the opportunity to make short films inspired by the Twilight series with funding and guidance from industry professionals.
Others stars in attendance included Sandra Bullock, Phylicia Rashad, Regina King, Angie Harmon, Laura Linney and Judith Light.
Maria Bello was the event's host.