Its The Male Gaze: Keira Knightley Says She Won’t Do Nude Scenes With Male Directors

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Actor Keira Knightley revealed that she will no longer do any nude scenes in films directed by men.  

While speaking on a podcast named Chanel Connect, the actor said that she is not putting an “absolute ban” on nude scenes but she will do so with male directors. Knightley added, “It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze.”

Knightley also said that she acknowledges the need for nudity in films but she called out some as ” horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody is grunting. I’m not interested in doing that.”

The 35-year-old actor says that she now has two children and that she’d “just rather not stand in front of a group of men naked.” He also said that if she works in a film focussed on female experiences then she would insist to have a woman direct the film. “If I was making a story that was about that journey of motherhood and body [acceptance], I feel like, I’m sorry, but that would have to be with a female film-maker,” she added. 

She added that she feels very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze. While talking about narratives based on female experiences she gave an example of motherhood and how a woman sees her body change after giving birth. She said that if she were to make a film about it, she would be up for exploring it with a female director who would understand the issue. 

Keira Knightly was last seen in a comedy-drama Misbehaviour. In 2015, after she became a mother, Knightley added a no-nudity clause in her film contracts.