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Knightley: I don't want kids to act

Keira Knightley has revealed she would discourage her future offspring from being child actors.

The Oscar-nominated actress, who fronts the cover of Elle UK's July issue, would prefer her kids to enjoy their teenage years without being under the spotlight, following her past experiences.

"I would 150 million trillion per cent be totally discouraging of (them) doing anything like that," she replied. "I would say teenage years should be done privately. You should be going out and getting unbelievably drunk, getting into ridiculous situations, making mistakes. That's what that time of life is about and we should do that privately, one million trillion zillion per cent."

The 29-year-old continued: "Saying that, I don't regret it - I wouldn't do my life any differently, but having lived through it... There was a very long time when [interviewers] were all: "Well, you're a s**t actress and you're anorexic and people hate you," which, for a teenager or somebody in their early 20s, is a very strange thing."

Keira also said there should be more female role models.

"There is an under-representation of our stories, just as there is an under-representation of us in politics and in business and everywhere. That's what feminism is [to me], the recognition that we are still not equal," she said.

"I absolutely love guys. But you have to recognise that the playing field isn't even yet - and it does have to be even. And you can still like clothes."

The actress, who stars in musical comedy Begin Again, revealed her dislike for karaoke.

"I hate karaoke. Like, I really, really hate it. I have to be so drunk I'm nearly about to fall down before I sing in front of anybody. It just terrifies me."

The July edition of Elle UK is available from June 5.

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