“The love is astonishing,” says new mom Keira Knightley, who recently opened up about the joys of motherhood to Elle. The actress and her musician husband, James Righton, welcomed a baby girl in May and have been on Cloud Nine ever since.
The Imitation Game star also revealed that she has named her baby girl Edie. The 30-year-old starlet describes her relationship with her daughter as a “primal, primal love.” “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.”
The star also revealed that giving birth has had an unexpected bonus: giving her body confidence.
“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 said. “You go through pregnancy and labour 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 extraordinary’.”
Motherhood might be extraordinary – but celebrating your 30th when you are heavily pregnant is definitely not, according to the actress. “I was heavily pregnant, I couldn’t drink,” the Imitation Game star said of her big day. "What’s the point of having a 30th birthday if I couldn’t get phenomenally drunk?!
“But my husband took over, arranged a lovely lunch at one of my favourite 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!”
Birthday party aside, Keira said she’s glad to be out of her 20’s. “My career was absolutely amazing; in fact, I don’t think my career will ever get better than it was in my late teens, early twenties.
“But as a person, you’re changing so much and you’re trying to figure stuff out,” she explained. “Some people go wild and have a great time and throw caution to the wind, and I was the complete opposite. I was very shy.
“It took me years to try and stop pleasing a lot of people and allow myself to have fun. It’s the difficult thing of getting out of your own hear. To stop going, ’Oh, there’s something I should be doing, there’s a way I should be behaving, I should be dressing…’ All of those should, you can drown in them.”