Keira Knightley refuses to film sex scenes directed by men

Keira Knightley has revealed why she now refuses to film ‘horrible’ sex scenes with male directors. 

The Pirates of the Caribbean actress has shot several sex scenes throughout her career, in films such as Atonement, Colette and The Aftermath. 

Earlier this year, Keira said that she was leaving on-screen nudity in the past after having two children. 

However, she’s also put a block on filming sex scenes directed by men. 

Speaking on the Chanel Connects podcast, Keira explained: ‘It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze.

‘If I was making a story that was about that journey of motherhood and body [acceptance] I feel like, I’m sorry, but that would have to be with a female filmmaker.

‘I don’t have an absolute ban, but I kind of do with men.’ 

The 35-year-old actress continued: ‘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. 

‘I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze. 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”. 

‘So therefore you can use somebody else, because 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.’ 

Keira shares children Edie, five, and Delilah, one, with Klaxons star husband James Righton. 

In October, the actress dropped out of Apple TV+ series The Essex Serpent due to reported issues with childcare.

It’s said Keira did not want to spend several months away from her young children to film the series, with the coronavirus pandemic meaning she would have to isolate away from them. 

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