Keira Knightley Shows Her Feminist Side By Discussing Gender Equality in 'Net-A-Porter's 'Edit' Mag
Here’s what the 29-year-old actress had to share with the mag:
On gender equality in Hollywood: “The people who make movies, whether it’s directors or producers, or money people, look for things that they can identify with and if they’re all predominantly middle-aged white men, then what you see are things that middle-aged white men can identify with. And you don’t get anything for anybody else. A friend of mine just had a daughter. It’s a political thing, having a baby girl, in a way that it isn’t for a boy. You think, ‘Oh isn’t this fairy-tale lovely?’ Then suddenly you worry, ‘What am I planting with that? I don’t want her to be waiting around for a man to fix her problems. Maybe it’s a bit silly, but because equality is going so hugely the other way, I think it probably does take being silly to try and swing it back around.”
On sex in films: “I’ve turned a lot [of roles] down because of it, mostly because of really overt sex and violence that is just, in my view, not justified. I’m not saying that there can’t be really interesting stories about sex and violence, but a lot of it I just think, ‘This is gratuitous for the sake of being gratuitous, and you’d never ask a dude to do this.’ It’s actually a difficult question: how much flesh are you meant to bare? What are we saying is appropriate or not appropriate? We’re saying that we should be sexually liberated but then again not that sexually liberated. It’s confusing.”
On having kids: “I’ve got friends in their thirties and they’re like, ‘I should have met the person and I should be married because I’m this age, and I should be thinking about kids.’ And you can’t say, ‘It’s OK,’ because there’s a clock with kids and that’s hard.”
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Keira Knightley – ‘The Edit’ Interview