Keira Knightley has opened up about suffering harassment in the past and how “every woman” she knows has experienced it.
In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Knightley revealed that she “[doesn’t] know anyone” who hasn’t been subjected to harassment in some way.
“I love that politician who said there ought to be a curfew for men and men were outraged, and you think – but there’s a curfew for women and there always has been,” she said.
When asked if she’d experienced harassment herself, Knightley added: “Yes! I mean, everybody has.”
“Literally, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been, in some way, whether it’s being flashed at, or groped, or some guy saying they’re going to slit your throat, or punching you in the face, or whatever it is, everybody has.”
Knightley continued on to describe the situation as “fucking depressing”, saying: “It was when women started listing all the precautions they take when they walk home to make sure they’re safe, and I thought, I do every single one of them, and I don’t even think about it.”
Knightley also discussed performing under the “male gaze” back in January, when she revealed she only plans to film sex scenes with female directors in the future.
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Speaking on the Chanel Connects podcast (via NME), Knightley explained that performing nude “in front of a group of men” makes her uncomfortable.
“It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze… I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze,” she said.
“I don’t have an absolute ban,” she added, “but I kind of do with men.”