Kiera Knightley won't do sex scenes if the movie director is a man
Knightley said the best sex scene she acted in was with James McAvoy in the 2007 film adaptation of Atonement
Pride & Prejudice actress Kiera Knightley says if a man is directing a movie, she would not act in any sex scenes out of her own “vanity” and discomfort with the “male gaze.”
Knightley spoke about her stance with The Farewell director Lulu Wang and writer-producer Diane Solway on the podcast Chanel Connects, which focuses on culture.
“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 filmmaker,” the 35-year-old actress said. “I don’t have an absolute ban, but I kind of do with men.”
She went on: “I don’t want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody is grunting. I’m not interested in doing that.”
In Knightley’s most recent film, a British comedic drama, she portrayed a feminist protester at the 1970 Miss World beauty pageant.
“I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze. Saying that, there’s times where I go, ‘Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot.’ So therefore you can use somebody else, because I’m too vain and (my) body has had two children now and I’d just rather not stand in front of a group of men naked.”
“It was both the best sex scene, but also (the best) to shoot,” she said.
What made it so great was the director “choreographed the scene within an inch of its life. It was absolutely, ‘Foot goes up there, hand goes up there. So both me and James (McAvoy) felt utterly comfortable and not exposed, and like we could deal with it. It’s never gonna be fun, but we could deal with it.”
In the past, Knightley talked about clashes she’s had with male directors.
“Male ego. Stop getting in the way.”