Keira Knightley refuses to shoot male-directed sex scenes

Already in 2019 the British actress Keira Knightley had made the decision not to show her body in the cinema. “In the past I did nude scenes, always making the decisions myself. Now my decision is that I no longer show my body ”, explained in an interview to The country while facing her second pregnancy (she has two daughters, Edie, born in 2015 and Delilah, born in 2019). The interpreter, known for her roles in period films such as Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina O The Duchess, has maintained its purpose and, in addition, has added a new condition: as it has just revealed in the podcast Chanel Connects her intention is to refuse to shoot sex scenes in male-directed movies.

“Partly it is for vanity … And partly for the masculine gaze”, affirmed when explaining the reason for this refusal. I don’t want to do those horrible sex scenes where you’re greased up and everyone is grunting. I’m not interested in doing it, “said the actress. She explained that the changes experienced in her body after being a mother twice have influenced this decision: “I am too vain, I have had two daughters and I prefer not to get naked in front of a group of men.”

The British, in one of her best-known films, ‘Atonement’ (2008). Photo: Cordon Press

But she also added that she would be willing to show her body if the director were a woman and felt that it was necessary to explain the story they want to tell: “If I were making a story that was about that journey of motherhood, that journey of acceptance of the body… But that would have to be with a filmmaker. I do not have an absolute prohibition when it comes to doing it, but I do have it with men.

In fact, his last film to date has been with a director, Philippa Lowthorpe. The British filmmaker directed it in Breaking the rules a film based on true events that premiered last year and in which Knightley plays a feminist activist who sabotages the 1970 Miss World pageant. The next project she is preparing, still without a release date, is also directed by a woman : it’s about the movie Silent Night, about a family reunion at Christmas, directed by Camille Griffin.