Wednesday 28 September 2016

Keira Knightley gives herself €42k salary to maintain 'normal' friendships (even though she's worth €8m)

Published 06/07/2015 | 09:55

British actress Keira Knightley poses on the red carpet arriving for the British Independent Film Awards in London
British actress Keira Knightley poses on the red carpet arriving for the British Independent Film Awards in London
Actress Keira Knightley (L) and composer James Righton attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Keira Knightley wearing Chanel on the red carpet
Keira Knightley

She's a Hollywood A-lister with two Oscar nominations to boot, but Keira Knightley's feet are firmly on the ground.

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The Atonement star's company KCK Boo Ltd posted profits of €7.9m, with a €2.1m profit in the last year alone, but Knightley allows herself a salary of just €42,000.

The actress explained that she gives herself that salary in order to stay close to her friends who aren't earning six figures.

"I think living an expensive lifestyle means you can't hang out with people who don't live that lifestyle. It alienates you. Some of my best, most hilarious times have been in the least luxurious places."

Actress Keira Knightley (L) and composer James Righton attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actress Keira Knightley (L) and composer James Righton attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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While the decision might sound daring, all is not entirely as it seems as Keira likely hasn't had to foot the bill for much of her lifestyle in recent years.

As the face of Chanel, she's privy to a number of freebies from the French fashion house and likely hasn't had to pay for any of her own clothes for the last number of years - whether it's for red carpet dressing or day to day life.

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Actress Keira Knightley and her husband, musician James Righton, arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London
Actress Keira Knightley and her husband, musician James Righton, arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London

She would also be gifted with beauty products, accessories and since welcoming her daughter in May, baby and nursery products and maternity items during her pregnancy would be regularly offered.

The Imitation Game actress would also be offered with free trips away, both in the UK and abroad. While it's unclear whether or not she's accepted gifts, any celebrity worth their salt is batting away offers of gifts in exchange for some free publicity.

Keira Knightley wearing Chanel on the red carpet
Keira Knightley wearing Chanel on the red carpet

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