Keira Knightley is on the new cover of Harper's Bazaar UK, looking ready for an early spring and talking candidly about feminism in Hollywood.
She said there's still a long way to go in the male-dominated industry, where she’ll be “walking into a room, and talking about why my character is saying this, but I’ll be talking about it to a room of five guys.” In the end, she admits, “I’ve lost most of the arguments." (Dammit, boys, listen to Keira!)
However, she's seeing a change in the conversation, with more actresses like herself using words like “feminism” without worrying about any stigma. “I think it’s great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had [about feminism], as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, ‘Oh, f-cking shut up,’” Keira, 28, told Harper's Bazaar. “Somehow, [feminism] became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it’s great that we’re coming out of that."
The Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean star married musician James Righton back in May, and her job's unusual hours make it difficult to start a family. That may be another reason why the industry is dominated by men.
“I go to work at 5:30 in the morning; I wouldn’t get back probably until 9 o’clock at night,” she told the magazine. “Most of the guys that I talk to – and I’ve spoken to a lot of guys about it – they say [whispers], ‘My wife does everything.’ You think, ‘Why wasn’t I thinking about this five years ago?’ [I was] worrying about a boyfriend and sh-t…"
Struggling to balance work and family is certainly not exclusive to Hollywood, but it’s always interesting to hear from celebs who seem to have it all but are really dealing with a lot of the same frustrations as the rest of us. A lot of the world is still set-up to favor a traditional 1950s-style relationship where the wife does “everything” in the home while the husband is the breadwinner. That’s great for some people, but not working feminists like Keira. But at least she can talk openly about it without being told to shut up … hopefully!