Keira Knightley has revealed she now refuses to appear in sex scenes for her film roles if they are being directed by men.
The actress, 35, admitted she feels ‘very uncomfortable’ exposing her body on a film set since giving birth to her two daughters.
Keira, who has previously stripped off for racy scenes in films such as Atonement, The Aftermath and Colette, said she’d only agree to strip off for a future role if she knew the picture had a female director.
Strict: Keira Knightley, 35, has revealed she now refuses to appear in sex scenes for her film roles if they are being directed by men as she feels ‘very uncomfortable’ exposed her body
Keira told the Chanel Connects podcast: ‘It’s partly vanity [but] partly also… it’s the male gaze.
‘I feel like if I was making a story that was… about that journey of motherhood, that journey of 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.’
Keira added: ‘I don’t want it to be that kind of, ugh, those horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody’s grunting. I’m not interested in doing that.’
Candid: The Official Secrets star admitted she feels ‘very uncomfortable’ exposing her body on a film set since giving birth to her two daughters (pictured in 2019’s The Aftermath)
The Oscar nominated actress said that while she appreciated how some sex scenes might add artistic value to a film, ‘someone else’ should do them.
She added: ‘I’m too vain, the body has had two children now, and I’d just rather not stand in front of a group of men naked.’
Keira did say she would be interested in exploring the ‘unfathomable’ way motherhood changes women’s relationships to their bodies.
She shares two daughters, Edie, five, and Delilah, 16 months, with her musician husband, Klaxons singer James Righton.
Racy: Keira previously stripped off for several racy scenes in her film roles, including the 2008 male-directed picture The Edge Of Love
Sexy: She also had a same-sex romp with Eleanor Tomlinson in the 2018 Colette, which was also directed by a man
The Oscar-nominated actress skyrocketed to fame aged 17 in the 2002 footie film Bend it Like Beckham.
Keira had previously starred in sex scenes for The Edge of Love in 2008 and Colette in 2018, with both films being directed by men.
In March the Pride and Prejudice star said she no longer appears in nude scenes as she fears they could be uploaded to a porn site.
Proud mum: She shares two daughters, Edie, five, and Delilah, 16 months, with her musician husband, Klaxons singer James Righton (pictured in May 2019)
In an interview with The Financial Times she said: ‘ I always felt completely comfortable doing it when I was younger.
‘I never did anything that I didn’t feel comfortable doing. I’m really happy with my body. It’s done an amazing thing. But I also don’t want to stand there in front of a whole film crew.’
She added: ‘It used to be that you’d do a sex scene in isolation with the film, and it would make sense…. But now, you can take the whole thing and put it in a completely different thing, and it’s on some porn site.’
Keira has also candidly spoken about battling mental health issues in her early career, and has been a champion for women in the film industry.
Speaking to Stellar magazine last year, she said: ‘I go on red carpets where you’re given marks out of 10 and you have cameras up and down your body. I think that’s the complexity of being a woman in the modern age.’
The Chanel ambassador added: ”Still the number one career in the world – the only one – where a woman can earn more than a man is modelling. Or prostitution.’
No thanks: In March the Pride and Prejudice star said she no longer appears in nude scenes as she fears they could be uploaded to a porn site