Keira Knightley covers the latest issue of Elle magazine in honor of the publication’s 30th birthday, while opening up about motherhood and turning thirty.
The Imitation Game says she is loves being a mother to her 3-month-old daughter with husband James Righton.
“The love thing is astonishing. It’s a very primal, primal love. That’s quite extraordinary,” Knightley tells while revealing her daughter’s name is Edie. “And the ability to have no sleep and continue going. It’s not pleasant—I never thought that I could actually do it for the amount of time that I’ve done it.”
Knightley also credits her baby girl with helping her to love and appreciate her body.
“Also, I have to say, as a woman, you hate certain parts of your body. You go through those periods where you look in the mirror and you think, Oh, if only I had different legs or arms or whatever,” she admits, adding, “You go through pregnancy and labor and then feeding the kid and you go, Wow, my body is totally amazing, and I’m never going to not like it again, because it did this, and this is f–king extraordinary.”
The newly 30-year-old recalls how she spent her birthday.
“I was heavily pregnant, I couldn’t drink — what is the point of having a thirtieth birthday if I couldn’t get phenomenally drunk? But my husband took over, arranged a lovely lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, 20 of us, and they were all being so sweet, like, ‘Look, you can have a great time and be sober!’ And it’s fine apart from the fact that they started drinking at about one,” Knightley recalled to the mag.
“Then they came back to our house — they’d covered it in balloons that said my name and happy birthday and all that — and they got completely obliterated,” she continued. “They were there until two or three in the morning, absolutely drunk, and I was there eight months pregnant, completely sober. So it was lovely, but it wasn’t what I’d imagined a thirtieth birthday was going to be.”
To read the full interview pick up the special issue of Elle on newsstands.