Keira Knightley talks about why she won't film sex scenes with male directors

Daniella Scott
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Photo credit: Lia Toby - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley has spoken out about why she's no longer willing to film nude or sexual scenes with male directors saying, "it's partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze."

Speaking on the CHANEL Connects podcast Knightley spoke to filmmaker Lulu Wang and producer Diane Solway about why she made the decision to add a no-nudity clause to her contract.

"It's partly vanity and also it's the male gaze," The Atonement star explained. "I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze.

"I don’t want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody is grunting. I’m not interested in doing that," she added.

Telling the show that she now doesn't feel comfortable trying to portray the male gaze in film Keira added, "Saying that, there’s times where I go, 'Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot'.

"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," she said, adding, "I don’t have an absolute ban, but I kind of do with men."

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Photo credit: Julien M. Hekimian - Getty Images

Recently, Knightley pulled out of upcoming Apple TV+ series The Essex Serpent, stating childcare concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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