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Keira Knightley says that she will not be shooting nude scenes under male directors

The actress has also signed a “no nudity clause” in her film contracts after becoming a mother

Keira Knightley has emphasised that she will not be filming nude scenes with male directors in the room.

The English actress, 35, stated that she’s not absolutely against filming nude scenes, but she kind of is with men, during an interview in the Chanel Connects podcast. The reason she stated is partly vanity, and also the male gaze. She also acknowledged the need for nudity in films, but didn’t want it to be one of those horrible sex scenes “where you’re all greased up and everybody is grunting.”

Motherhood and body acceptance

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Knightley has spoken about the need for sex scenes in movies, but in most of those, you just need somebody to look hot, and she mostly has a body double for that. She acknowledged her own vanity and said that her body has had two children and she had rather not stand named in front of multiple men.

She added a “no nudity clause” to her film contracts after giving birth to her daughter in 2015. She has also discussed about the clashes she had with male directors, and about how they used to tell her what it meant to be a woman. She spoke about the impossible situations that women are left in unless they act maternal or flirty, and how it’s sexy before motherhood and terrifying afterwards, due to the whole “vagina splitting.” She ended by saying that it makes her sick to fit into these standards.

Knightley’s recent film

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Knightley’s recent role was in Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehaviour, a comedy-drama where she played an activist who stormed the stage during the 1970 Miss World ceremony as a protest against sexism. She will be starring next in Silent Night, a Christmas comedy which also stars Matthew Goode and Annabelle Wallis.

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