Keira Knightley at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, in September 2011.
|Born||Keira Christina Knightley
26 March 1985
Teddington, London, England
|Spouse(s)||James Righton (m. 2013)|
I am a slow reader. I always loved words, which is a strange thing given that I couldn't actually read them.
You already feel unsure of yourself, and then you see your worst fears in print. It really knocked me – which is why, I think, I was working, working, working, because I was trying to run away from the fact that I thought I couldn't do it.
I'm doing a film now with a lot of guys as well, so at the end of that I will be growing a beard.
I find it quite difficult on studio films because there are so many different executives and things like that that you have to go through, so very often getting that definitive opinion is actually quite difficult.
I cook. I go to farmers markets in London and cook really good sort of organic foods.
I wasn't allowed to do commercials. I wasn't allowed to do TV series. I wasn't allowed to do soaps or basically anything that would mean I missed too much school.
It's impossible. You try to have any kind of relationship with your family, with a man, or with a friend, and you have to be on the phone and the Internet the entire time.
When I was about 5 I think, I desperately wanted to be a pirate and have the hat and everything.
I don't think I can call myself an actress yet. I just don't think my skill level is that high. I hope that with every job it gets better. But until I'm good, I can say I'm trying to be an actor, but I don't think I've completely made it.
My mum says that I was born 45, and I do remember at six thinking that I should be earning my own living.
And we're fortunate if we have parents who are great and loving and inspiring. But, unfortunately, there are people who don't have that.
I didn't know this about myself, but when 'Pirates of the Caribbean' came out I realised that I didn't enjoy a huge amount of recognition. I didn't react to it well, but I think life is about finding out who you are and what you like. So I started doing independent movies and art-house films instead.
I don't have a problem with my body. I'm not just going to strip off all my clothing, but if the part calls for it and I don't think there's any way round, I'm absolutely fine.
I don't think that you can fake warmth. You can fake lust, jealousy, anger; those are all quite easy. But actual, genuine warmth? I don't think you can fake it.
I really believe that in this industry women have to be very true to themselves about what they're comfortable with.
It's not everyday you get to do a pirate movie, you might as well go for it.
What's nice about playing somebody real is that generally there's more information about them, so a lot of the questions that you'd otherwise have to make up the answers to are already there.
It's an interesting thing when you discover something about yourself. To go: 'Wow, I'm not the person I thought I was. I'm in the middle of something and I can't actually deal with it.'
I started working when I was seven, and ever since then I've been saving for an apartment. Even before that I had a little jam jar designated for my apartment money.
But acting is very much a profession that is you're hot one moment and not the next – and that is totally cool. I think that's what I find most fascinating and most exciting about it – is that it can be gone in a puff of smoke.
It's fantastic to have the opportunity to work abroad, and do all that, but there is a certain point where you're just like, 'Oh, I'd love to work at home.'
If only I wasn't an atheist, I could get away with anything. You'd just ask for forgiveness and then you'd be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.
I made a conscious decision to live my life the best way I could and that meant to publicise myself as little as possible.
I always find it much easier when there's one person whose vision you're following, as opposed to many people.
I find more interesting roles for women in period pieces. I do personally like watching period films; I think you can really get lost in the fantasy of them.
At this particular time, I probably am more comfortable with myself. Just now I'm having a lovely time.
All through my life what I've loved doing is watching movies. I love the escapism of film, I love stories. So it is incredible to be able to be in them as much as I am, to see them from the first stitch in a costume to the end product.
It's good to know that other people think differently, and that's what makes the characters interesting.
Film is a much lonelier process than theatre. You really don't have any rehearsal time in film. You don't shape it together… with theatre, there is a complete kind of family atmosphere. The sociable side of this business is the theatrical side, it really isn't the film side.
Well, the thing about great fictional characters from literature, and the reason that they're constantly turned into characters in movies, is that they completely speak to what makes people human.
I tried college for three months but I was desperately unhappy. I just wanted to perform. I was getting straight As but I had no friends and cried every day.