Keira Knightley: Why the Thought of Having a Boy Is ‘Terrifying’

02/17/2015 at 10:15 AM ET

If Keira Knightley ends up having a boy, she’s going to be extra careful when changing his diapers.

“Somebody said to me the other day, the problem with boys is — sorry, this is horrible — but when you’re changing their nappies, you can get the wee in your face … I never knew that before, so it was terrifying,” the pregnant Oscar nominee says in an appearance Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“That doesn’t seem fun,” Ellen DeGeneres replies.

“No,” says the actress, 29. “And apparently they roll as well, so you have to try to stop them while you’re trying to grab something else in order to stop them peeing in your face. So that sounds quite interesting.”

Keira Knightley pregnant Ellen DeGeneres
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The star of The Imitation Game hasn’t learned the sex of the baby. (Ellen guesses boy, but only “because I have a 50/50 shot.”) But one thing’s for sure: She doesn’t have an overly complicated birth plan.

“Sorry, but what is the plan apart from to get it out?” she says. “There isn’t an option to keep it in, is there? So, I’m assuming my plan is to get it out. But apparently there’s more to the plan than that. I don’t know what that is. Still, my plan is to get it out. It will come out.”

Knightley has had a constant partner on the red carpet this award season — husband James Righton. And it sounds like he’s enjoying the perks of his wife’s pregnancy, too.

“My husband’s having a great time. I’m eating for two and he’s drinking for two,” says Knightley. “There’s a lot of free champagne, so he thinks because I’m not drinking the free champagne, he has to. So, all of it.”

— Tim Nudd

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Kimberly on

Keira Knightley is so pretty, she will have a gorgeous baby!! 🙂

Carolyn on

Oh for gods sake. Millions of babies are born every day and the mothers don’t natter on nonsensically about it. I had a boy and I’d heard they were easier to raise than girls–given my poor mother’s experience with my sister and me I’ll take a boy anytime. As for the pee, if you’re changing a diaper, just take the old one off and put something absorbent over the pee area and then continue on with changing. So easy.

Michelle on

Calm down Caroline- she was clearly asked about it and isn’t “nattering” on about it. Any first time mom has some fears no matter how silly they seem to us “seasoned” professionals and it is our job to reassure them, no knock them down for being “silly” about something they have no idea about.

On that note, I think she sounds adorable and hope she had a healthy and happy remainder of her pregnancy and delivery.

Anonymous on

I have three boys and not one of them has ever peed on me while I changed their diapers.

SAR on

I’m guessing a boy too.

Maya Rudolph pointed out that girls pee on you too when you change them, they just don’t have the directional capability that boys do to pee in your face.

Calia on

Girls are easier in my opinion. But you get what you get and all babies are a blessing.

Amy on

It’s apparent she doesn’t have much experience with babies. Should be fun for her figuring it all out!

Dawn on

I had 2 sons, you just have to be quick, either put your hand over their private area, or buy one of those things made especially for boys to cover the area until you are ready to put the new diaper on. I was never pee’d on, but my ex-husband was, several times!!

Anonymous on

We’ve had both, but my son peed once where it went up and over like a outdoor water fountain and landed directly in a box of baby wipes. Convenient and funny!

SHT on

This happened to me when I was changing my son once. He got me good, but I learned his routine and avoided it. Girls are easier when they are younger, but boys are so much fun.

Michelle on

She’s a riot, I really like her.

guest2 on

My boys never peed on me when changing diapers, but they ended up peeing on themselves and needed baths afterwards. As for what’s easier, it depends on the kid. Neither of my older children (1 boy, 1 girl) are “stereotypical” boys and girls. I have a sensitive tween boy and a tomboy girl. My youngest is hard to tell yet. Love them all!

Susan on

She looks much healthier as a pregnant woman. She should stay at that weight after giving birth.

Guest on

I have one boy and he never peed on me. I enjoy him very much, five now and one of the best people I know.

Jo on

I have a boy and a girl. My son has urinated on me a few times but honestly, who cares? It is your child, you will get urine and poop on you. It happens.

lola on

Doesn’t she just look beautiful pregnant?! This looks like a perfect
non-pregnant weight for her. But she does look lovely.

KW on

What a very weird thing to be scared of.

lola on

When it’s your first baby…. you are pretty much scared of everything.

Anne on

It’s just baby pee! And if it’s a boy, his man parts usually indicate when a pee is imminent.

Maxine on

My son had peeped me when he was very little, it really made messes. Things happens occasionally, you just have to deal with it.

T Smithers on

Apparently one of Carolyn’s boys wee’d in her Wheaties this morning.

It is inevitable that at some point in the life of your small human, you will get pissed on, shat on, puked on, etc. For a first time mother though, those aren’t necessarily things you think about in full until someone either points it out or you experience it yourself. She’ll eventually learn, like every parent before, that dropping a wipe over it while changing the diaper helps reduce the chances/spray area.

Nicole on

I must be the only mother of a boy in this world who never had this problem.

Valarie on

Love the rad dress! She looks lovely.

Vaness on

Wow – very immature. Feel sorry for the kid-to-be.

Anonymous on

Geez, people (commenters, not the magazine!), lighten up! She was clearly joking around. People don’t tend to go on Ellen to be serious! 😉

lovely123 on

Luckily we have two of each, and I have to say boys are AWESOME!!!! They can pee all they want, they are sooooo easy!!!!!

AmelieButterfly on

Keira Knightley is definitely Having Boy, not not not not not not not Girl

Marky on

Why on earth can’t pregnant women make a joke about anything having to do with pregnancy, childbirth, and babies without being ridiculed by posters who seem to believe that no one can joke about anything and all celebs should never say anything period. Some of you have no sense of humor at all; how do you even have someone to go to lunch with, unless you pick up the tab at the best restaurant in town?! Come on…she was being funny; she was on Ellen’s show, not giving some report on the evening news or the Science channel!

Congrats to Keira and her husband, and best wishes for a healthy,happy baby! I think she’s absolutely right about the birth plan–it will come out! For once, not some pretentious holier than thou, “I’m having my baby with all my dearest women friends cheering me on in my back yard while I sing Kum bi yah in 4 languages in a whisper” birth plan!!

Abby on

She is so gorgeous pregnant. Her face, glow, all of it.

Anonymous on

She looks amazing and so funny.