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Keira Knightley Responds to Misrepresentation of Childbirth Essay

Keira Knightley is speaking out after an excerpt from her essay about childbirth seemingly called out Kate Middleton.

The 33-year-old actress addressed the essay during a Screen Talks event during the BFI London Film Festival on Friday (October 12) in London, England.

“I think certain aspects of the media have misrepresented — I hope not purposefully, because that would be extraordinary, wouldn’t it? — my entire meaning of the entire essay,” Keira explained while on stage.

She continued, “That essay is about childbirth, it’s about motherhood, and it’s about complete empathy with every other woman that has been through the extremity of labor. It’s also about my sudden realization that what our culture asks us to do is to hide our truths and to silence our experiences. So it is exactly the opposite of what certain media has reported it to be. And I think just shows [that] as far as the feminist movement goes, we have a long way to go.”

Make sure to check out all that Keira had to say in her essay.

FYI: Keira is wearing a Chanel jacket and skirt.

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Keira Knightley Sparkles at 'Colette' Premiere in London!

Keira Knightley strikes a pose on the red carpet as she steps out for the premiere of Colette on Thursday (October 11) at the Cineworld Leicester Square in London, England.

The 33-year-old actress dazzled in a sparkling silver top and white skirt as she stepped out for the premiere of her new movie.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Keira Knightley

Joining Keira on the red carpet were her co-stars Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough, and Aiysha Hart.

Colette is out in select theaters now – check out the trailer!

FYI: Keira is wearing a Chanel dress. Eleanor‘s outfit is by Erdem. Aiysha is wearing Dior.

10+ pictures inside of the ladies at the premiere…More Here! »

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Keira Knightley Hasn't Made Less Than Her Male Co-Stars In Her Past 2 Films

Keira Knightley is on the cover of one of Elle magazine’s Women in Hollywood issues, on newsstands October 23.

Here’s what the actress had to share with the mag…

On asking about her pay in relation to her male costars: “It didn’t even occur to me. It felt like something you couldn’t question. But I do ask now, and I can safely say that in my last two films, I have not made less than the men I’ve been working with.”

On becoming famous as a young woman: “The double standards that women face are so extreme, particularly at that age. Men are meant to be getting drunk and falling out of clubs. Then [people] go, “Yeah, you’re cool!” But if I’d been seen as a party girl, it could’ve been the end of my career. We also live in a society that gives unbelievably difficult messages to young women. You’re meant to be thin, but not that thin. You’re supposed to go out and have sex, then people say, “No, you’re a slut.” You’re always too much of something.”

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Keira Knightley Pens Essay Calling Out Kate Middleton's Perfect Post-Birth Appearance

Keira Knightley is speaking out about the impossible standards for women after giving birth.

The 33-year-old actress penned an essay discussing giving birth to her daughter and how women in the media like Kate Middleton set an unrealistic standard for how women should appear hours after childbirth.

“My vagina split. You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming. They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, your head misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming,” Keira wrote about her daughter Edie.

She continued, “We stand and watch the TV screen. [Kate] was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see.”

“Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful. Look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate. Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out. Don’t show. Don’t tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers,” Keira wrote.

Keira‘s entire essay, “The Weaker Sex,” appears in the collection Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies).

Keira Knightley Gets Candid About Having a Breakdown at Age 22

Keira Knightley just gave a very candid interview with THR for their awards season podcast to discuss the pressures of being famous when she was so young.

“It was big money to get pictures of women falling apart,” Keira, now 33, said about being followed by the paparazzi when she was still a teenager. “Because you [consumers] wanted them to be sexy, but you wanted to punish them for that sexuality. If you [female stars] weren’t breaking down in front of them, then it was worth their while to make you break down in front of them.”

Keira added, “So suddenly there was a level of violence, it felt, in the air, that is not a thing that anybody would react to well… I think I’ve always had a ‘fuck-you button,’ and it was so obvious that they wanted me to fall, and I had such, like, a ‘I’m not gonna give you what you want.’ So there was a sense of battle every day leaving the house.”

She then revealed she had to be hypnotized for her 2008 BAFTAs appearance, where she was nominated for Atonement. “So I actually did hypnotherapy so that I could stand on the red carpet at the BAFTAs and not have a panic attack,” she said.

Keira continued, “I did have a mental breakdown at 22, so I did take a year off there and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder because of all of that stuff. I went deep into therapy and all of that, and she [the therapist] said, ‘It’s amazing — I normally come in here and have people that think people are talking about them and they think that they’re being followed, but actually they’re not. You’re the first person that actually that is happening to!’”

Keira‘s film Colette, is currently released in a limited capacity in the US.