Sunday, 4 September 2011

Keira Knightley

“Yes, I have breasts. So does 50% of the population. Do we really have to waste time talking about mine? I don't think so.”

Keira Knightley is definitely one of my favourite actors. I first became aware of her back in Year 7 during a non sport day where we got to watch Pirates of the Caribbean in a VA room and I was really interested in her. That was a whole 6 years ago back when she was 19 and I was 12. I admit, her acting skills are sometimes a little 'interesting' and there are many moments where I am internally face palming when she over-acts. And yet, despite all that there is something really amazing about Keira which I admire. From her interviews, she seems really funny. And of course, she is so beautiful and I adore her eyebrows and her facial bone structure. And her smile.

Here are some of my favourite photos over the years, ending of course with her recent appearances at the Venice Film Festival where she was absolutely stunning.

Back when I was 12, I thought what she was wearing was so cool. In hindsight, it's a little strange considering it was a red carpet premiere for the massive summer blockbuster. BUT LOOK AT HER BODY.

I hated her dress at the King Arthur premiere and yet her hair and makeup was amazing.

Premiere at Pirates of the Caribbean 2. I remember the controversy because of her 'thin' frame. I think she is deceptively thin. Granted, I do admit she was looking very thin and gaunt 2 years ago but at the premiere, I didn't think she was that thin. The reason she appeared thin was because she is flat. That's the truth, so the absence of fat means you can generally see her rib cage more than the average woman because if you have seen a full body picture, she has a pear shape.  I still get defensive when people call her anorexic; her upper body is a lot smaller than her lower body.

I admit, her style is sometimes questionable but that also adds to her appeal - she doesn't really care if she isn't 'fashionable' in the eyes of the public. On another note, I am thrilled judgding from recent photos that she stopped the ridiculous and 'natural' pout (or so she claimed).

And some of my favourite quotes
Somebody thought it would be a great idea if they brought their teenage daughters along to the set on the day that we did the kissing scene - I thought I was gonna die! I thought they'd stampede me with the evil eyes I was getting from all of them.
I'm a tomboy beanpole? I can't use a computer, so maybe I'm a bit out of the loop. I don't know whether to be flattered or not flattered. The beanpole bit, is that good? Can you be a sexy beanpole?
I think every role I take, I take because I’m not quite sure that I can do it. And there are certain roles that I’ve been offered where I’ve gone, “Oh no, I can definitely do that, that’s easy,” and I don’t tend to think that’s the point; I think that you have to continue to push. It is not as simple as saying, “Oh, well, I’m not very good at this genre, so therefore I should try that,” or “This is what scares me.” It’s much smaller than that. It is reading a script and kind of going, “God, I don’t know if I can be relaxed enough to portray that piece,” or “I don’t know if I can be energetic enough to do that,” you know. But that’s the challenge and that’s what makes my job really interesting. I’ve been really fortunate. I have been in some films that I’m really proud of, and hopefully will continue to do so.

But I think the magic about this industry is that you always have to be ready to fall flat on your face in a very public way, and I have a couple of times. That’s what makes it so exciting, because when it works there is nothing like it, it’s amazing.

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