Knightley: 'Female characters nearly always get raped'

Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

Keira Knightley has stated that she no longer takes roles in films set in the modern-day because she's not happy with the way female characters are written.

In a lengthy and frank interview with Variety, the Pirates of the Caribbean and Domino star said: "With the rise of Netflix and Amazon we're seeing some strong female characters and female stories on streaming services. I don't know about films as much.

"I don't really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped. 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."

The star did say that there has been "some improvement", however.

Photo credit: New Line Cinema

"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," she noted.

Knightley also said that she isn't surprised that her current project, Colette, has now received funding after 15 years of being rejected, because (as she puts it) "women's stories are suddenly viewed as important".

Elsewhere in the interview, Knightley also talked about the #MeToo movement, and how women have been mistreated in every industry, not just in Hollywood.

As well as appearing in Colette, Knightley will also play the Sugar Plum Fairy is Disney's "off-the-wall" The Nutcracker.

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