Three months after welcoming her first child, Keira Knightley has finally revealed the name of her baby girl – Edie. The 30-year-old actress, who prefers to keep her personal life out of the spotlight, opened up about motherhood in a new interview with Elle magazine in celebration of the mother-baby bond.
"The love is astonishing," Keira said of her little girl. "It's a very primal, primal love. That's quite extraordinary. 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."
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Keira Knightley has revealed the name of her baby girl - Edie
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 (James Righton) 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!"
Keira Knightley and her husband James Righton
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."