By Kate Ward
Updated July 22, 2010 at 09:27 PM EDT

Never known for her demure nature, Michelle Rodriguez spoke her mind during the Battle: Los Angeles panel when asked if she’d ever take on some lighter roles to contrast the “macho badass” ones she usually plays.

“What do you mean? Get raped and win an Oscar?” the actress responded, perhaps taking a swipe at actresses like The Accused‘s Jodie Foster and Boys Don’t Cry‘s Hilary Swank.

She continued, commenting that most male screenwriters in Hollywood don’t understand the balance between femininity and masculinity. She said she hopes Salt will prove a game-changer, and more women will start writing strong roles for themselves.

“There are lots of strong, independent women out there,” she said. “They don’t have to be butch like the characters I play.”