By Instyle
Updated Dec 31, 2018 @ 1:45 pm

In a new interview with The Guardian, Keira Knightley spoke about how she's always been interested in exploring the masculine side of women in the roles that she takes. But the actor adds that she wouldn't ever want an actual penis — except in one situation. People reports that Knightley does see the convenience of having the ability to urinate without having to sit down.

"I've never wanted a penis," she said. "Apart from to piss up a tree. Being able to do that standing up: so convenient. You can just whip it out and whatever. But the idea of something so vulnerable swinging between my legs, I think I'm all right without."

Keira Knightley Graham Norton Show - London
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She went through almost her entire IMDb profile, mentioning roles in Bend It Like Beckham and her newest film, Colette, and pointing out how she's always leaned towards roles where women are trying break through the "dresses and makeup." She also addressed the haters who say that she's only ever doing period pieces, noting that it's a clear way for her to break through the veneer of traditional femininity. It goes all the way back to Pirates of the Caribbean. She also noted that in modern films, women are portrayed in a more disrespectful manner.

"Almost every character I've played has tried to break out of that image of femininity," Knightley said. "That’s why I like period films, because it's such an overt cage you put the woman in. That's always something I've really identified with. I feel like I sit somewhere else."

It's not all bad, however. Knightley says that she only feels like women are portrayed in a "distasteful" way in films. She sees the changes happening on TV and streaming services, telling Variety that she sees strong female roles there. She just hopes that feature films will follow suit.

"There’s been some improvement," she said. "I'm suddenly being sent scripts with present-day women who aren't raped in the first five pages and aren't simply there to be the loving girlfriend or wife."