Keira Knightley says she doesn’t do modern films because ‘female characters nearly always get raped’

Keira Knightley says she doesn’t do modern films because ‘female characters nearly always get raped’, by Hannah Furness.

Keira Knightley has claimed she rarely chooses to act in films set in the modern day because “female characters nearly always get raped”.

The British actress said she found “something distasteful” in the way women are portrayed on film, finding “inspiring characters” she wanted to play more often in historical drama. …

“There’s been some improvement. I’m suddenly being sent scripts with present-day women who aren’t raped in the first five pages and aren’t simply there to be the loving girlfriend or wife.” …

On the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood, she said she had been surprised by “some of the specifics”, and had undertaken an “eye-opener” of a conversation with non-acting friends where they established “there wasn’t one of us who hadn’t been assaulted at some point”.

Disclosing she could identify four occasions, outside of film sets, where she had been “assaulted in a minor way”, Knightley added it was “terrifying” that women had previously responded by believing “this is just normal.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil