Keira Knightley has said she will not appear in nude scenes for films that have a male director. Speaking to the Chanel Connects podcast , the actress said: "I don't have an absolute ban [on filming nude scenes], but I kind of do with men. The topic of how actors are treated while filming sex scenes has been put in the spotlight in recent years, particularly since the MeToo movement. Many studios now hire intimacy coordinators to oversee sex scenes and ensure actors feel comfortable and are treated respectfully during shooting.
Keira Knightley Is Done Shooting Nude Scenes for Male Directors
Keira Knightley Is Over Nude Scenes Directed by Men
Keira Knightley signals a new stance on nudity in the movies
In a recent podcast interview, Keira Knightley opened up about her discomfort in shooting nude scenes with male filmmakers. Speaking on Chanel Connects , Knightley continued, "I don't want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you're all greased up and everybody's grunting. I'm not interested in doing that. Knightley, 35 and a mother of two, said it would be different if she were working on a project that celebrated motherhood and the journey of bodily acceptance, "and I feel like, I'm sorry, but that would have to be with a female filmmaker.
Keira Knightley said she's no longer interested in acting in nude scenes staged by a male director, expressing her discomfort with shooting intimate narratives that appeal to men. While Knightley has performed in such scenes in the past, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Misbehaviour" actor said in a recent interview that she added a no-nudity clause to her contract in an effort to combat the "male gaze" — the concept of sexually objectifying women — and partly as a result of having two children. Knightley said that actors often times have a limited amount of power when filming and called for more representation behind the scenes as well on screen.