Keira Knightley Reveals the Real Reason She Won’t Do Nude Scenes Anymore

Keira Knightley is an actress best known for her roles in The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise series. She has also appeared in numerous other well known titles, including Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, The Imitation Game, and Anna Karenina. Many of her movies have her playing a leading love interest, which (usually) led to a nude scene where the couple make love. 

Previously, Keira Knightley did those sex scenes herself. Now, however, Knightley has decided that she will no longer do nude scenes. Why? We have the answer.

It was a conscious decision

Keira Knightley became a mother in May of 2015 when she gave birth to her daughter, Edie. After giving birth, Knightley made the conscious decision to no longer do nude scenes – although she’s okay if they appear in the movie. She just doesn’t want it to be her actual body in them. 

According to Keira Knightley, it isn’t a matter of having any issues with her post-baby body. “I have been comfortable earlier with more nudity than I am now. I have had a kid, I am in my 30s, I am very happy with my body,” the actress revealed. But I don’t feel I need to get it out that much any more.”

Knightley went on to explain that, even when she did scenes with nudity in the past, she never did a scene that she felt went “too far.” Also, that in her previous sex scenes she was “quite rigorous” about what got exposed. “No bottom half,” the actress stated. “I don’t mind exposing my tits because they’re so small — people really aren’t that interested.”

Knightley also revealed she has even placed a clause in her contract that states she doesn’t have to do nude scenes anymore. As a leading star with over 10 years experience in the industry, Knightley feels empowered to make this decision now.

Knightley uses a body double

As mentioned previously, Knightley doesn’t mind nude scenes being in the movie, but she just doesn’t want her actual body to be displayed. She uses a 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.”

The actress doesn’t find this weird at all, either, but has instead stated she thinks it’s a lot of fun. “I wish I could do that in my real life, actually,” Knightley said. “Hmm… what body do I want today?” 

Her new movie, ‘The Aftermath’ 

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Keira Knightley’s newest film, The Aftermath, is where she got to choose her body double for the nude scenes. The movie, released on March 15th, is set in Hamburg, Germany post-World War II.

Knightley portrays Rachael Morgan, who is the wife of Colonel Lewis Morgan (played by Jason Clarke). The couple are assigned to live in Hamburg during post-war reconstruction, in the home of a German widower (played by Alexander Skarsgard) and his troubled daughter. While there, Knightley’s character finds herself caught up in a love triangle and tensions rise. 

Besides the decision to not do nude scenes, Keira Knightley shared an interesting and very relate-able situation that The Aftermath put her in. During filming, Knightley’s daughter was only about 18 months old.

The actress stated that when she needed to cry during the film she didn’t need to rely on any classic stage tricks because she was always ready to cry. The real issue, for her, was turning off the tears once they’d begun. It is something mothers everywhere can relate to, with hormones running rampant in the first year or two post-birth.