Actress Keira Knightley says her second pregnancy was ‘hell’ as she had been nauseous ‘for six months solid’
Keira Knightley has described her second pregnancy as “hell” due to suffering from sciatica at the time.
The actress, 36, revealed that it inspired her to take on her role in Christmas film Silent Night.
At the time of filming, she was pregnant with her daughter Delilah and suffering pain in her leg when she first read through the script for the festive film – which was filmed back in February 2019.
She told Stylist Magazine: “We filmed it before Covid and I was pregnant with my second daughter [when I read the script]. It had been one hell of a pregnancy.”
Keira admitted she struggled with the pain of sciatica as she was nauseous “for six months solid”.
Sciatica is a term used to describe nerve pain in the leg that is caused by irritation or the compression of the sciatic nerve.
The Love Actually star continued: “I’d been nauseous for six months solid. I had a couple of weeks when I felt all right, and then I got sciatica, so I was in agony and I was in agony and really angry in my hormonal state.”
In recent months, the British actress ruled out filming anymore saucy scenes in films – unless a female director is calling the shots.
Keira says sex scenes with male directors leave her feeling “very uncomfortable” – and she doesn’t see herself doing another.
They became so unbearable that she now often has a “no nudity” clause written into her contracts.
Speaking on the Chanel Connects podcast, Keira said: “It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze. I don’t have an absolute ban, but I kind of do with men.
“I don’t want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody is grunting.
“I’m just not interested in doing that.”
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The movie star hasn’t totally ruled out stripping off again but it would have to be totally right.
She suggested such a scene would need to be part of a story about motherhood – and a woman would need to be in charge.
She added: “If I was making a story that was about that journey of motherhood and body exception I feel like, I’m sorry, but that would have to be with a female filmmaker.
“Saying that, there’s times where I go, ‘Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot’.
“So therefore you can use somebody else, because I’m too vain and the body has had two children now and I’d just rather not stand in front of a group of men naked.”
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