Keira Knightley has a new rule about filming sex scenes

The Editors
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Photo credit: Tom Craig
Photo credit: Tom Craig

From Harper's BAZAAR

Keira Knightley has opened up about her changing attitude to filming sex scenes, explaining that she has a new stipulation in her contract.

The actress – who was speaking about her career on the new Chanel podcast – is no longer willing to partake in sex scenes, particularly with male directors, and has added a 'no nudity' clause into her contract.

"It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze," Knightley explained of her decision. "I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze."

Adding that she no longer wanted to take part in those "horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody’s grunting", she explained that she would potentially be open to appearing nude on screen again only if she was working with a female director and it was a journey of motherhood and body acceptance.

"I’m too vain and the body has had two children now and I’d just rather not stand in front of a group of men naked. I don’t have an absolute ban, but I kind of do with men."

On the podcast, Knightley also opened up about what it was like for her as a young actress dealing with paparazzi, calling it "brutal".

"Being followed around 24/7 by packs of up to 30 men with their lenses, through my windows and being called a whore every time I left the house in order to invoke a reaction because the pictures were worth more if I was crying," she said. "Or being forced off the road, because they suddenly found that, there was a lot of money to be made out of car crashes. So you'd have guys with cameras trying to force your car off the road."

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