Keira Knightley has expressed great concerns over how women are nearly always portrayed in offensive and obscene roles in the film industry.
Speaking with Variety in a recent interview, the actress brought to light how she often pulls back from accepting proposals for modern-day films. This is primarily because “the female characters nearly always get raped” regardless of the plot.
If that isn’t enough, the scripts usually tend to put women in the shoes of a loving girlfriend or wife. There is no shortage of female talent or female characters that can bring actual value to the silver screen. Hence, the actress is pretty concerned over why directors are still finding it difficult to get better roles for women in the film industry.
“I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces,” Knightley said, pointing out that the situation has improved a bit in recent years because people now want to hear about women fighting for their rights in the society.
“It’s wonderful to play inspiring women and to get their stories and their voices out there,” Knightley added. “The fact that the movie is coming out right now isn’t a surprise … Women’s stories are suddenly viewed as important.”
The movie she is talking about is Colette, where Knightley plays a woman overcoming gender barriers in 1890s France. It is scheduled to grace theaters in the United States on January 20 on the weekend.
On the same front of gender equality, Knightley stated that the pay gap is slightly improving but is still there. She was notedly paid a little bit more than her male co-stars in her recent project, an event that she referred to as happening for the first time.
“I haven’t tried to push back on it much. I think I probably should have,” she said. “My approach has been not to ask because I would have been really angry, which is stupid. I’ve been putting my head in the sand, I’m afraid.”