Keira Knightley 'banned' her daughter from Disney princess films so she won't think she needs 'a rich guy to rescue her'

Keira Knightley‘s daughter won’t grow up thinking that she needs to be rescued by a man — like Cinderella and many other Disney princesses.

During an appearance on TheEllen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, Knightley — who, ironically, can next be seen as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms — talked about how she has “banned” some famous princess films at home.

Cinderella is at the top of the list because, as Knightley explained, “She waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t. Rescue yourself — obviously.”

The Little Mermaid is also a no-go for 3-year-old Edie, even though the toddler loves the film. “The songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man!” Knightley noted. “Hello.”

Knightley, who has worked on Disney flicks such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series and Princess of Thieves, went on to list movies on the OK list: Finding Dory — of course, she was on Ellen — as well as Frozen and Moana. “There are some great ones,” she said.

Knightley opened up a little bit more about her daughter with James Righton, including what the girl wants to be when she grows up. At first it was a dentist, inspired by an episode of Peppa Pig, and that made the British star happy “because that’s a stable career.” Now, the tot wants to be a lion, “which is slightly more problematic,” she said, adding, “but she roars very well.”

For Halloween, the girl wants to be a witch, which Knightley humorously described as “boring” and “dull, but cute.”

Knightley — who has long been outspoken about women’s rights and the ways women are depicted — recently wrote an essay called “The Weaker Sex” for the book Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies) in which she got real about giving birth. Edie was delivered at the same time Kate Middleton had Princess Charlotte, so Knightley talked about Kate walking out of the hospital all glammed up seven hours after having her baby. (Despite reports, Knightley later insisted she wasn’t shaming the royal.)

The essay, which was dedicated to her daughter, also touched on the double standard applied to male and female actors: “I turn up on time, word perfect, with ideas and an opinion. I am up with you [her daughter] all night if you need me. Sometimes I cry I’m so tired. Up with you all night and work all day,” she wrote. “My male colleagues can be late, can not know their lines. They can shout and scream and throw things. They can turn up drunk or not turn up at all. They don’t see their children. They’re working. They need to concentrate.”

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ROME, ITALY - MAY 22: Keira Knightley attends the 'La Traviata' Premiere at Teatro Dell'Opera on May 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Keira Knightley takes a lunch break at Malaparte on April 6, 2016 in West Village, New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Keira Knightley arrives at the set of Collateral Beauty on April 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Keira Knightley seen on set of Collateral Beauty on April 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actress Keira Knightley is seen on the of 'Collateral Beauty'on March 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 29: Keira Knightley walks to the set of Collateral Beauty on February 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 07: Keira Knightley seen at 'An Evening Honoring Valentino' Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Gala on December 07, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Matt Ryan and Keira Knightley attend the Broadway Opening Night Performance after party for the Roundabout Theatre production of 'Therese Raquin' at Studio 54 on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Judith Light, Keira Knightley and Matt Ryan during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call bows for the Roundabout Theatre production of 'Therese Raquin' at Studio 54 on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Actress Keira Knightley and husband James Righton are seen in Soho October 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Keira Knightley poses at the Roundabout Theater Company's 50th Anniversary Season Party at The American Airlines Theater Penthouse on September 10, 2015 in New York City. Knightley is slated to be in the production of 'Therese Raquin' this season. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Keira Knightley and James Righton are seen on September 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Keira Knightley attends the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
Actress Keira Knightley and recording artist James Righton attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Lady Gaga and Keira Knightley arrive at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and actress Keira Knightley attend the Times Talks and TIFF In Los Angeles discussion of 'The Imitation Game' at The Paley Center for Media on February 16, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Keira Knightley attends the 2015 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 14, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Keira Knightley seen at LAX on February 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Keira Knightley and friend attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
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