Keira Knightley: 'Female characters almost always get raped' in modern-day films

Keira Knightley: 'Female characters almost always get raped' in modern-day films

Keira Knightley has never been sexually abused on a film set but the actress said she has been groped four times in bars.

Actress and feminist Keira Knightley has spoken out in support of the #TimesIp movement and shared her own experience with sexual misconduct.

However, the star admitted that parts for women are slowly improving, and that she has been sent female roles that aren't merely reacting to the male characters around them.

Specifically referring to recent films set in the present-day, Knightley said that she found "something distasteful" about the way many female characters are being portrayed in modern-day cinema.

Looking back at Keira Knightley's career, you can see that she has nearly always opted to play strong female characters-everything from Bend It Like Beckham all the way to The Imitation Game, with her most generic role seeming to be in Love Actually, but we'll forgive her for that as it is the single best Christmas movie in existence. I haven't tried to push back on it much.

Knightley claims that female characters are either "raped in the first five pages" or "simply there to be the loving girlfriend or wife".

It is pointed out that Knightley is inclined to taking on period roles because she feels that almost every female character, more often than not, ends up in a situation where they are nearly raped.

The 32-year-old star of the Imitation Game and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise said none of the assaults were during her work in Hollywood - but in bars on nights out.

"I don't know about films as much".

She added: "For too long, you really did go, 'Oh, this is just normal.' It's terrifying that was our response".

"What was fascinating about the #MeToo movement was I was sitting with friends who weren't in the industry, and there wasn't one of us who hadn't been assaulted at some point".

Although Knightley was meant to talk about promoting her upcoming Sundance film entry titled "Colette", which is about the famous French author, the actress did not shy away from discussing sensitive matters.

"I think some people find escapism through science fiction or fantasy, and I suppose my escapism into another world has always been through period dramam", she said.