Keira Knightley has never wanted a penis, but she admits that she can be useful.
Talk with The guard about the sex and period of films, Knightley, 33, joked, “Almost every role that I have played has tried to break out of that image of femininity. That is the reason why I like period movies because it is such a blatant cage that you put the woman in. That is something I’ve always really identified. I feel like I am somewhere else.”
She added, “I never wanted a penis. Apart from the p—s to a tree. Be able to do that, stand up: so helpful! You can just whip out and whatever. But the idea of something so fragile swinging between my legs, I think I’m all right without it.”
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Knightley, who stars in the upcoming period piece “Colette,” has previously expressed frustration with the way women are perceived and the pressures and standards placed on women, particularly after childbirth.
In a graphic essay in October, Knightley slammed Kate Middleton for her picture-perfect public appearances after the birth of her children, writing, “Seven hours after your battle with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life. Not yet. Do not say it. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers. This stuff is easy. It happens every day. What is the big deal? So not dead, you s—t head, but you don’t have to pretend, that’s easy.”
Last week, Knightley confessed that she suffered a nervous breakdown when she was only 22 years old due to the pressure of the fame.
She had also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, leading her to almost leave show business entirely.