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Keira Knightley Reveals Why She Doesn't Do Films Set in Modern Day: 'Female Characters Nearly Always Get

Keira Knightley is on the cover of Variety‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the 32-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On not doing films set in modern day: “With the rise of Netflix and Amazon we’re 
seeing some strong female characters and
 female stories on streaming services. I don’t 
know about films as much. I don’t really 
do films set in the modern day because
 the female characters nearly always get
 raped. I always find something distasteful 
in the way women are portrayed, whereas 
I’ve always found very inspiring characters 
offered to me in historical pieces. There’s
 been some improvement. I’m suddenly 
being sent scripts with present-day women who aren’t raped in the first five pages and aren’t simply there to be the loving girlfriend or wife.”

On her experience with Harvey Weinstein: “My experience with Harvey Weinstein was always very professional. He was very good on the films we made. I was aware of his reputation of being a bully. He was famous for phoning people in the middle of the night and screaming at them. He didn’t do that to me, and he certainly never asked me for massages or anything like that. I wasn’t aware of any allegations or rape or sexual assault against him. For the first time people are sharing their stories. People have been absolutely terrified to talk about it and were scared of retribution, so I don’t think everybody knew the extent of what was going on.”

On finding fame at 18 in Pirates of the Caribbean: “I found it pretty horrific. I’m not an extrovert, so I found that level of scrutiny and that level of fame really hard. It was an
age where you are becoming, you haven’t become, and you need to make mistakes. It’s a very precarious age, particularly for women. You’re in some ways still a child.
It was traumatic, but it set up the rest of my career. So looking back, would I do anything different? No, I wouldn’t because I’m unbelievably lucky now, and my career is in a place where I really enjoy it, and I have a level of fame that’s much less intense. I can deal with it now, and that’s great. But at the time, it was not so great, and took many years of therapy to figure it out.”

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Dakota Johnson Reveals What She Learned About Herself From Starring in 'Fifty Shades'

Dakota Johnson looks absolutely stunning in Allure‘s February 2018 “New Naked” issue, on newsstands January 23.

Here’s what the 28-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On what starring in the Fifty Shades franchise has taught her: “Fundamentally, I’m open and warm. At my core, I’m a bleeding heart. But when your life is exposed and when the movie that exposes your life is exposing your emotions and your body, it can be very scary. Throughout this entire experience, I’ve learned that I can expose my heart and my emotions and I can still protect myself. I can still be vulnerable and strong. It’s a constant ebb and flow and a battle and trying to figure out how to have those things coexist within me. That’s what I’m grateful for.”

On finding solace in her work: “I don’t know how to explain it in a way that doesn’t sound hokey, but when I’m on a project, I’m on it for a certain reason, and I’m involved with the people for a reason, and it’s always some sort of weird marriage to something that’s happening in my life, or the character has some connection to something that’s going on [in my life].”

On her close working relationship with acclaimed director Luca Guadagnino, who cast her in his 2015 film A Bigger Splash: “We talk almost every day. It’s constantly creating and thinking of what we’re going to do next, how we’re going to evolve…what’s the next thing we’re going to try to accomplish?”

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Westworld's Jimmi Simpson Spills on His Exciting New Role

Jimmi Simpson looks dapper in his suit while posing for a new spread in Esquire‘s winter issue, on newsstands now.

Here is what the 42-year-old Westworld actor had to share with the mag:

On the second season of Westworld: “Everything I hear, I’m like, ‘Oh my God.’”

On his starring role as an LAPD detective in USA’s Unsolved: “I left every day of work feeling like a piece of shit—I was sure this would be the big failure of mine.” Now, he says, “it’s some of my proudest work.”

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Maze Runner's Rosa Salazar Is All Tied Up for 'Rogue' Mag

Rosa Salazar is constrained by ropes and clamps for a new photo shoot in Rogue magazine‘s latest issue.

Here is what the 32-year-old Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Alita: Battle Angel actress had to share with the mag:

On one of her first auditions: “The first job I ever got paid for was working on a CollegeHumor video as an extra. I was happy to be there and I got paid $40 for 13 hours of work and I was so stoked, I was jazzed. I walked into the waiting room and it was just rows and rows of hot blondes with boobs, tall and gorgeous New York babes, and I was like ‘oh f–k’…that was one of those moments where I was like ‘I can’t do this, I’m not a gorgeous babe, I don’t have boobs, how am I going to do this?’ But I sucked it up, I walked in there and knocked them dead.”

On her mantra for her Maze Runner character: “This body will die when it dies, but until then I have my spirit to give, and that’s what I’m going to f–king do.”

On the movies she wants to make: “I never wanted to do a movie where someone watches a trailer and they’re like ‘alright, cool, I get it.’ I want them to be excited and I want them to see something new. I want them to be loud and I want them to watch the movie the way I watched movies in the 90s, like ‘WOAH! THAT’S CRAZY!’”

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Ava DuVernay Talks Making 'A Wrinkle in Time': 'There Are No Limits'

Ava DuVernay is featured in this new photo shoot and interview for Marie Claire‘s February 2018 issue, on newsstands now.

Here’s what the director had to share with the mag:

On making A Wrinkle in Time: “One of the great things about A Wrinkle in Time has been world creation, being able to play with big visual effects and all that stuff that so few women and directors of color get to do. For women and people of color, sci-fi takes on a much more potent space in our consciousness and imagination. It feels a lot more robust when I read the work of sci-fi or fantasy writers who are women, or women of color, because there is a muscularity to it that speaks to a present, a real situation, and it’s not just escapism for fun’s sake. It’s escapism for survival, for sanity—it’s imagining a world that’s not here.”

On doing a large scale production for the first time: “Until now, I had budgets to make movies about people talking in rooms. But with Wrinkle, there are no rooms, there are no limits! There are only doors to walk through.”

On the book: “It’s a book that takes place out in the universe, but it’s really about interiority. It’s about who you are to yourself…how you see yourself from the inside out.”

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Poldark's Gabriella Wilde Talks Changing Her Name From Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe

Poldark actress Gabriella Wilde is on the cover of Marie Claire UK‘s February 2018 issue, on newsstands now.

Here’s what the 28-year-old actress and model had to share with the mag:

On changing her name from Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe to Gabriella Wilde: “I think any actress wanted to be able to walk into a casting director’s office and be seen as who they are, rather than there being any preconceived ideas as to who they were before. Changing my name afforded me some of that… it felt like I could just drop the baggage and be who I am.”

On getting pregnant just before starting Poldark: “I told them early on, I was only a matter of weeks pregnant. I wanted to be up front, as I saw no reason why I couldn’t still do it… It was lovely to show people that I was just as capable of getting the job done. But yeah… it was tiring.”

To read the feature in full, see the February issue of, out now.

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Francia Raisa Talks Playing an 18-Year-Old at Age 29

Francia Raisa poses for a photo in her new shoot for Rogue magazine‘s latest issue.

Here is what the 29-year-old grown-ish actress had to share with the mag:

On playing a character over 10 years younger than her: “I’m 29 years-old but I’m playing an 18 year-old on this show. I still look so young. That was a struggle for me because I obviously wanted to graduate into playing older roles, but I look so young on-screen. I think I just had to learn to accept that I still look young and that means longevity for my career. I learned to embrace it and appreciate that I am able to participate in shows like Grown-ish because I do look so young.”

On support from loved ones: “My pastor has been a huge help in my life, just in helping ground me as far as dealing with the difference between my personal life and the industry life. And honestly, Selena [Gomez] has been a huge help in my career. I’ve seen her grow and she’s seen me grow and we have a lot of conversations about the industry. In seeing how much she has to go through… I’ve learned a lot myself, and so I’m really grateful to her and what she’s confided in me and taught me.”

On her kidney transplant surgery
: “At the time I was 28-years-old and I couldn’t do things for myself– and I’m a very independent woman, so it was brutal. I couldn’t get out of bed without needing help. I couldn’t shower, couldn’t walk and I couldn’t even open a door. It was a very humbling experience and I’ve learned a lot.”

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