Hardwicke was in control of the hugely successful first instalment of the vampire series and helmed the highly-anticipated big screen retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale.
But Hardwicke insists that despite her successes behind the camera, sexism in Hollywood still stops her getting jobs - explaining how chiefs behind Mark Wahlberg's Oscar-nominated film only had male directors on their shortlist.
She tells TheWrap.com, "I couldn't get an interview even though my last movie made $400 million. I was told it had to be directed by a man - am I crazy?
"It's about action, it's about boxing, so a man has to direct it... But they'll let a man direct Sex in the City or any girly movie you've ever heard of."