Keira Knightley Speaks on Feminism & Needing a “Wife”

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British actress Keira Knightley has spoken on feminism becoming a more acceptable topic as of late, revealing that she is happy that people are open to talking about it and it is no longer a “dirty word” which she thinks it was for quite some time. She says it’s good to be able to have that conversation freely:

“I think it’s great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had [about feminism], as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, ‘Oh, f***ing shut up.’ Somehow, it [feminism] became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it’s great that we’re coming out of that.”

Keira, who recently married James Righton, jokes that she needs a wife to look after her instead:

“I go to work at 5.30 in the morning; I wouldn’t get back probably until nine o’clock at night. Most of the guys that I talk to – and I’ve spoken to a lot of guys about it – they say [whispers], ‘My wife does everything.’ You think, ‘Why wasn’t I thinking about this five years ago?’” Instead, she was “worrying about a boyfriend and s–t…”

Speaking on the lack of female parts for women in Hollywood, Keira says that there is still a long way to go before things are equal. She also expresses an interest in one day getting behind the camera to assume full creative control which she thinks would be an interesting experience:

“Hollywood has a really long way to go. I don’t think that anybody can deny that, really, and I think as much as you are getting more women playing lead roles… they’re still pretty few and far between.” After 20 years of experience (she started acting at the age of 7), Knightly wonders whether she might move behind the camera, and gain more control. “As I get older I get more interested by it… There is a lot of ‘You do what you’re told’ [as an actor]. After watching it and being part of it for so long, you start going, ‘I wonder if there is a journey to the other side.’ I don’t know if there is, but I’m interested in seeing people who have done it.”

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