Some actresses spend their careers avoiding sexy scenes. For Keira Knightley, it’s all in a day’s work. “I always bare my breasts,” the British actress admitted at a press conference on Wednesday at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. “It’s not like it’s only in this film!”
Knightley’s latest revealing role comes in “The Edge of Love,” where she plays Vera Phillips, a married woman vying for the attentions of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (“Brothers and Sisters”’ Matthew Rhys).
The actress went partially nude during a scene with onscreen husband Cillian Murphy after director John Maybury asked her to remove her bra.
“I said, ‘All right then.’ It was very simple.” Knightley said, according to People. “It was a sex scene and I never like them when they’ve got bras on.”
Knightley’s previous steamy moments include her role in another period piece, last year’s “Atonement,” but this time was a little more awkward than usual: her mom wrote the script.
“I didn’t add to any of the sex scenes when she decided to play the character of Vera,” Keira’s mom, Sharman Macdonald, told the Sun. “I don’t watch her shooting the sex scenes.”
Still, the playwright and screenwriter seemed pleased with the film, the first collaboration between mother and daughter.
“I found Keira hugely inspiring when I first started it,” she said.