Keira Knightley reveals why lesbian sex toned down in new film

Actor Keira Knightly, who recently explained why the lesbian sex scenes in her new film Colette had been watered down

Actor Keira Knightley has explained that lesbian sex scenes in her new film were toned down so that they weren’t “seen through the male gaze.”

Knightley the title character in her latest film Colette, a biographical drama detailing the life of French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, who has several lesbian affairs with other women while she was married to Henry Gauthier-Villars.

Keira Knightley attends the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards at The Ballroom of Claridges on October 30, 2018

Knightley explained that she didn’t want the lesbian sex scenes to be “exploitative.” (Jeff Spicer/Getty)

“I didn’t want the lesbian sex scenes to be seen through the male gaze,’ Knightley told the Daily Mail in an interview.

“We were very conscious of keeping it titillating, but not in any way exploitative.”

“I always think what’s more important is what’s left to the imagination.”

— Keira Knightley

The 33-year-old actor explained that the film’s director Wash Westmoreland and other actors in the cast contributed to the discussion around watering down the lesbian sex scenes.

“I always think what’s more important is what’s left to the imagination,” Knightley said.

“That’s my personal preference; always. You can imagine a lot by being shown quite a little, you know.”

Knightley’s new film Colette details the French novelist’s lesbian affairs

Colette made its world premiere on January 20 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Keira Knightley with husband James Righton and comedian Simon Amstell

Knightley with comedian Simon Amstell and her husband James Righton. (Tim P. Whitby/Getty)

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