In a new profile for Harper's Bazaar, Keira Knightley discussed misogyny and harassment in Hollywood and in general. During the interview a strange man approached Knightley, shouting at her and asking if she went to a nearby school. The actress and interviewer quickly left but the man followed.
“I think it’s quite interesting talking about this while being chased around,” Knightley said. “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.”
When asked if she had ever been harassed herself, Knightley replied, “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 says the reason it took her so long to call out misogyny is because it's institutionalised to the point that you're often not even aware of it.
“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. It’s fucking depressing.”
Last year Knightley made waves when she announced that she's no longer doing nude scenes when working with male directors.
“I don’t have an absolute ban [on filming nude scenes], but I kind of do with men,” she said. “It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze. Saying that, there’s times where I go, ‘Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot,’ so therefore you can use somebody else. Because 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.”