Keira Knightley Says Posing Nude Is 'Liberating'

12/06/2007 at 05:55 PM EST

Video courtesy Warner Bros.
Video courtesy Warner Bros.
Keira Knightley admits she can't keep her clothes on.

Last year she went nude for Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue. Now the 22-year-old is topless on the cover of Interview and posing for a new Chanel ad with only a strategically placed hat. What gives?

"I don't know. People ask [me to pose naked] and I just say yes," the Atonement star told Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday’s show. "I find it vaguely liberating."

"I hope I don't become a nudist," added the Oscar-nominated actress. "I am on my way."

When DeGeneres noted, "I don't know why you put on clothes to come to the show," Knightley gamely offered, "Should I take them off now?"

"No, no," the talks show host responded quickly. "We're on daytime."

The London-based actress also addressed persistent (and, she says, untrue) rumors that she has an eating disorder. "I haven't [got one]," she insisted. "Which I've said a lot." Knightly insists her famously thin physique is the result of good genes and a healthy diet.

"I don't eat junk," she told DeGeneres. "I cook. I go to farmers markets in London and cook really good sort of organic foods."

Knightley – famous for her period roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride & Prejudice – also said she doesn't go to the gym. Still, she added, "The corsets are a workout. Heavy dresses and all that."

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