Keira Knightley explains why she generally won't do sex scenes anymore

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Keira Knightley has explained why she probably won't do any more sex scenes.

In 2019, the Pirates of the Caribbean actress revealed she had a 'no nudity' clause automatically stipulated in her acting contracts following the birth of her first daughter Edie – preventing her from taking her clothes off for film and TV roles.

But, speaking recently, Keira explained that the clause isn't "an absolute ban" on appearing nude or filming sex scenes.

Rather, it's a "kind of" ban on doing so in front of male directors.

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While explaining her decision to avoid nudity and sex scenes, the Colette actress referenced Laura Mulvey's Male Gaze theory and said she would reconsider appearing nude in a film about "motherhood and body acceptance" with a female director.

She also said vanity was "partly" involved in her decision.

"It's partly vanity and also it's the male gaze," Keira told the Chanel Connects podcast.

"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. I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze.

"I'm too vain and the body has had two children now and I'd just rather not stand in front of a group of men naked."

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Photo credit: Axelle / Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

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She added: "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.

"I don't have an absolute ban, but I kind of do with men."

The comments follow Keira dropping out of Apple TV+'s The Essex Serpent adaptation for family reasons. It's thought she will still appear in Hulu's prohibition era drama The Other Typist, which follows two female colleagues who turn on each other after a vicious crime.

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