As parents of young children can attest, kids absorb way more information than you think they do. And that's why Keira Knightley says she's "banned" her daughter from watching certain films.
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres this week, Knightley explained that she wants to support all of her daughter's dreams -- even when the three-and-a-half-year-old recently declared that she wants to be a lion when she grows up. And part of encouraging her daughter's independence means that the young girl isn't allowed to see certain Disney princesses in action.
Take "Cinderella," for example.
"She waits around for a rich guy to rescue her," Knightley said of the title character. "Don’t. Rescue yourself, obviously."
Another flick on Knightley's banned list is a bit harder for the actress to enforce, since she admitted that she actually loves the movie. But "The Little Mermaid" is also in the Do Not Watch category.
"The songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man!” the exasperated actress exclaimed. “Hello!”
But lest you think Knightley has put a blanket ban on anything and everything Disney-related, fear not: She told DeGeneres that "Finding Dory" (which not-so-coincidentally features the voice of DeGeneres in the titular role), "Frozen," and "Moana" were all family favorites.
Knightley herself is trying to help lead the charge at the studio in the way of female empowerment, starring in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and the upcoming "Nutcracker and the Four Realms." We have a feeling that that latter flick will be a popular movie night selection in Knightley's home in the coming years.
With a wicked stepmother (Eleanor Audley) and two jealous stepsisters (Rhoda Williams, Lucille Bliss) who keep her enslaved and in rags, Cinderella (Ilene Woods) stands no chance of attending the royal ball. When her fairy godmother (Verna Felton) appears and magically transforms her reality into a dream come true, Cinderella enchants the handsome Prince Charming at the ball, but must face the wrath of her enraged stepmother and sisters when the spell wears off at midnight. Read More