Wednesday 24 January 2018

Keira: I'm more than a pretty face

Keira Knightley made a conscious decision not to work on blockbusters
Keira Knightley made a conscious decision not to work on blockbusters

Keira Knightley has revealed she feels under pressure to prove to her critics she is more than just a "skinny body and a pretty face".

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star plays the title role in Joe Wright's adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and she told Empire magazine "This is definitely the hardest part I've had." She admitted criticism of her early acting work had diminished her self confidence.

Keira said: "When you take a massive slamming early on I don't think you ever really get over it. I look at some actors of my age who didn't go through a slamming and I cannot understand the confidence. It's like a different species.

"I think that's ingrained in me now, that feeling of needing to convince myself I'm not s***. Also, I knew I was learning and doing it very publicly... Anna Karenina was definitely one where on paper it should have been easier, because I knew Joe so well, but it was still really difficult.

"I don't think the learning ever stops, but the early years were about proving I wasn't just a skinny body and a pretty face."

The 27-year-old actress also revealed she has made a decision to avoid Hollywood blockbusters, in a bid to escape fame.

She said: "It comes to a point where you think, 'What kind of film can I make that will allow me to live a proper life?' And those tentpole movies make it difficult.

"I became aware of how much I was complaining about it and you can't complain about the attention you're getting while still doing the films that invite the most attention. I do actually love blockbusters but that decision has a lot that comes with it that I'm not prepared to go with."

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