Keira Knightley and Denise Gough on sexuality, sexism and their new queer film

The stars of Colette open up to DIVA in this exclusive interview




While filming their love scene for Colette, Keira Knightley and Denise Gough were flabbergasted by the suggestion that a queer sexpert join them on set to share a few pointers. Keira explains that director Wash Westmoreland was concerned, “given that he’s not a woman, that he wouldn’t understand what the sex might be like”. Denise chuckles, “We were like, ‘...Excuse me?’”


We’re in a five star hotel in London’s Soho and all three of us are giggling so hard we’re close to tears. This mood of frivolity and faint hysteria carries on throughout our interview. Keira and Denise are a riot – warm, welcoming and relaxed, even more so because they’re here together and clearly get along splendidly. They laugh loudly, swear liberally and offer up forthright opinions freely and often. There is no publicist in the room to intervene when things get too titillating. It’s just Keira, Denise and me, and the theme is, “Say whatever the fuck you feel”.


Keira flips off her high heels and wonders aloud, “Why is that really painful? I used to be able to wear them for more than an hour!” Denise gestures towards her own battered feet in solidarity, “I know. Look! I have blisters!” She turns to me and deadpans in her soft Irish accent, It’s so tough being us”. Keeping up the joke, Keira mutters, “Nightmare, nightmare”.




Read the rest of this interview with Keira Knightley and Denise Gough in the January issue of DIVA, available now at and the links below.



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