Keira Knightley reveals the huge Disney movie that she refuses to let her daughter watch
Keira Knightley is a bit more clued up than the average person when it comes to Disney films - after all, she has been in a few. However, it turns out that the Pirates of the Caribbean actress isn't a big fan of all of them, and has actually gone so far as to ban her daughter from watching one of the most popular Disney flicks of all time.
The 33-year-old actress recently revealed on The Ellen Show that she had a list of movies which her three-year-old daughter is not permitted to watch.
Ellen and Knightly got on to talking about the films after the Never Let Me Go star revealed that her daughter has some very strange job aspirations: she used to want to be a dentist, Knightley explained, but now she thinks she'd prefer to be a lion.
"If she's an actress, she could be a lion," Ellen joked.
The talk show host then prompted Knightley to explain more about why she has prohibited her little one from watching certain movies - a decision that might seem strange considering that her mother has made a living out of appearing on the big screen.
"She's banned from seeing certain children's movies," Ellen said. "What are they?"
"Cinderella [is] banned because, you know, she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her," Knightley says. "Don't! Rescue yourself, obviously."
The audience applauded this, but Knightley wasn't done with dunking on some of the older, less-feminist movies that Disney has been responsible for in the past.
The actress continued:
"And this is the one that I'm quite annoyed about because I really like the film, but - The Little Mermaid. I mean, the songs are great but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello! But the problem with The Little Mermaid is I love The Little Mermaid! That one's a little tricky, but I'm keeping to it."
But don't go thinking that she's just a fun sponge, as the mother-of-one said that there were some films that she and her daughter both love to watch.
"Finding Dory is a big favourite in our house," she said, obviously trying to get on Ellen's good side. "Frozen is huge, Moana is totally fine."
Knightley isn't the only actress to have spoken out about controversial Disney movies, either.
This week, Kristen Bell, who famously voices Anna in Frozen, said that she has some issues with her two daughters watching Snow White.
"Every time we close Snow White, I look at my girls and ask, 'Don't you think it's weird that Snow White didn't ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?'" she said.
"'Don't you think that it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?' Because you can not kiss someone if they're sleeping!"
Both actresses have actually made some very good points in what they've said, and it's good to see that tropes like this do not tend to come up in more modern films. Props to them for being forward-thinking parents and setting examples to their kids from a young age.