Keira Knightley Covers Harpers Bazaar UK & Talks Childcare & Equality

Keira Knightley, Harpers Bazaar UKOn why she thinks parental leave should be equal for both men and women: “I think paternity leave should be the same as maternity leave. It’s shocking. Because you need that option. And actually, when you’re thinking about an employer looking at a man and a woman thinking, ‘Well, at some point you could take nine months or however long off, and the guy doesn’t have to.’ Don’t tell me that that doesn’t come into it! You need to be a family unit, not just have the guy there for two weeks and then go back to work and the mother left desperately trying to figure it out. I think it’s archaic that there aren’t better options.”
Keira Knightley, Harpers Bazaar UK
On the cost of childcare: “One of the things that is so shocking in this country is that childcare is unbelievably expensive. It should be, it’s an amazing thing if you’re good at it. It’s incredibly difficult, it should be well paid. But there is no option for a woman to go back to work unless she’s being paid really, really well and can afford full-time care before [her child can] get into nursery. I think I’ve become unbelievably aware of that and how lucky I’ve been to be able to afford really good childcare, because otherwise it would be at least four years out of my career. I wouldn’t be able to get back to where I’d been if I’d taken four years out. I think that’s the same for most women. And I think that’s really hard.”
Keira Knightley, Harpers Bazaar UK
On embracing the changes to her body since the birth of her daughter Edie: “It’s a different body, as it should be, because it’s done an extraordinary thing… I thought I was going to go, ‘God, I’ve got to get back into shape.’ I actually went completely the opposite. I went, ‘Fuck that, I’m not putting that pressure on myself in any way.’ So it’s taken me a long time to get back into my jeans. I’m nearly there. Not quite there, but nearly there…”

On her energetic daughter: “[She is] like a ballistic missile. She’s at about a million miles an hour from the second she wakes up to the moment she goes to sleep. She doesn’t want you to help her do anything.”

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