Keira Knightley is an award-winning British thespian. In a rich and enviable filmography, she has played a duchess, a princess, and a number of haughty, upper-crust society ladies. She has ALSO played an assassin, a physician, a physicist and a swashbuckler. The girl’s got range. But apparently there is one thing Keira cannot do––or rather, can no longer do: nude scenes.
It’s not that Keira suddenly developed a case of shy boobs. It’s motherhood.
As reported by Us Weekly, Keira recently sat down with the Financial Times (and what better publication to break this kind of news) and stated that while she was completely comfortable performing nude in her youth (she’s 34, by the way), she has since decided that she would rather cover herself up, because being a mother of two daughters has made her “nipples droop!”
“I never did anything that I didn’t feel comfortable doing,” Knightley explained. “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. The nipples droop! … I have had a kid, I am in my thirties, I am very happy with my body.”
This isn’t the first instance of Keira being fiercely protective of her nipples. But this time, she’s pointing out the abundance of creeps nowadays who take clips of actors performing nude on stage and screen and upload them to the internet––a fact that made her feel particularly icky.
“It used to be that you’d do a sex scene in isolation with the film, and it would make sense. And maybe a paper would put it somewhere but, ultimately, that would be it,” she dished. “But now, you can take the whole thing and put it in a completely different thing, and it’s on some porn site.”
Even though she won’t be showing up at any #FreeTheNipple rallies, Keira makes it clear that she is no prude, but simply advocating for greater control over the use of her body in pictures.
“That was a choice…I get to choose the body double. It is an interesting selection process! It kind of goes like, ‘That’s a little bit like you, but better. She has a lovely body, so she can do this.’ … Then I get final approval of what the edit is.”
Keira Knightley regularly lets non-PR approved babbles fall out of her mouth and I love her for that. Let’s not forget the time in 2018 after Keira had given birth to her second kid (and subsequently penned a rather interesting essay on the whole experience), where she was quick to point out that being stunning and having one of those posh British accents that make you want to do the stick-out-your-pinkie-finger-while-sipping thing, doesn’t mean you’re completely without flaws:
“You can tell I’ve got a 6-week-old baby…I’m talking, but I’ve got no idea where I’m going. This is about the first time since I gave birth that my hair has been brushed — and I didn’t brush it… and this is somebody else’s dress.”
I don’t know about you but, minus the 6-week-old baby bit, I feel positively SEEN!