Keira Knightley, co-star of the "The Jacket" Movie!
Born to actor/playwright parents in Teddington, Middlesex, England, Keira (who is also sometimes credited as Kiera) Knightley was born on March 22, 1985. At 3 years old, she asked her mother for an agent, feeling jealous that she never received the same amount of calls that her parents did. At age 6, the Knightleys agreed to let their daughter have an agent, provided that she'd study every day during summer holidays. This was no small feat for young Keira, who is dyslexic, but she persevered. Although her parents had envisioned a more secure career for their daughter, Keira started to get various acting jobs. Schooling at a nearby comprehensive establishment remained her focal point, but acting as a career choice gradually became a reality. Pursuing artistic integrity and the satisfaction derived from playing different characters, Knightley's hard work paid off at an early age. European made-for-TV movies and shows started to dot her resume by the age of 11, but it was a stroke of luck that helped her along the way. Thanks to hard work, and a close resemblance to star Natalie Portman, Knightley was cast as Portman's handmaiden in Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. Her small but memorable performance garnered her attention in Britain and the U.S. After the release of the film in 1999, Knightley landed a role in an Oliver Twist TV miniseries, portraying Rose Fleming. After Star Wars and Oliver Twist, things got even better. In 2001, Knightley starred in the successful British film The Hole, and spent three months in Slovakia and Prague filming a 2002 TV version of Doctor Zhivago, in which she played Lara, the same character Julie Christie played in the famous 1965 version. And this was all before her 18th birthday. But is was her other project in 2002 that served as her breakthrough role. Keira Knightley starred in Bend It Like Beckham, a hugely popular British comedy whose unexpected success has been likened to that of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. No longer an underground hit, the film made it big at the North American box office. Thanks to Knightley's portrayal of a determined soccer player, she can add the British Newcomer of the Year trophy courtesy of the London Critics Circle Film Awards, and a Best Actress award by the Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema, to her mantle. The summer of 2003 ushered in the release of the Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, with Knightley as the romantic lead. The British comedy Love Actually, with a star-studded cast including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson, was released in November 2003, while King Arthur has a summer 2004 release. In 2005, she can add The Jacket, co-starring Adrien Brody, and the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean to her resume -- which means Knightley will be stealing the spotlight for some time to come. Barely into adulthood, this hot UK export has already won over fans across the Atlantic. The many diverse projects she has lined up prove that she is ready to take the world by storm, and we're waiting with open arms. For now, she keeps a level head and lives with her parents in Richmond, England.
The 'Pirates of the Carribbean' are going yachting!
Pirates of the Caribbean stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley will now be surfing the sea as They gear up take part in a yacht race.
They will take turns to help crew a boat in the gruelling Volvo round-the-world contest, reports the Sun.
The yacht, named the Black Pearl after the film ship, will have a skull and crossbones sail. Each star will undergo training at the Portsmouth HQ of the event, which starts in November.
Keira Knightley needs brandy before her sex scenes!
Pirates Of The Caribbean beauty Keira Knightley has revealed that she had to take the support of alcohol to calm her nerves before filming her first steamy scene.
Knightley said that her co-star Adrien Brody gave her brandy and vodka before stripping for thriller The Jacket.
"It helped but doing these scenes feels completely unreal," the actress was quoted by the Sun as saying.
"You get on with someone and all of a sudden you're naked and away at it," she added.
Keira Knightley never offered sexy roles
Keira Knightley claims she's never offered sexy roles - because she's not curvy enough.
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' beauty says she would love to play more raunchy roles but fears she will never be able to because of her waif-like figure.
She said: "I'll never get the full-on sex symbol parts I'd like because no matter what I eat I can never put on weight.
"I don't feel perfect at all, but I reckon that's good. Actresses shouldn't be like supermodels, they should be like normal women.
I really don't think I'm that hot, to be honest."
Keira, 19, recently revealed she loved starring in forthcoming thriller 'The Jacket' because it gave her the chance to look ugly on screen.
The stunning actress confessed she is sick of trying to look 'perfect' in Hollywood movies and welcomed a role where she didn't have to make an effort to appear beautiful.
She is quoted by Britain's Daily record newspaper: "When you do the Hollywood vibe on a big film you are shot from the perfect angle and you do tests to make sure, so they won't shoot you from this or that angle.
"With 'The Jacket' you look s*** and that's great. It didn't matter what angle they wanted to film from. I didn't have to look perfect.
It's all about finding the truth in any situation and the situation in this wasn't a pretty one."
Keira Knightley's mum writes play for daughter
Keira Knightley's mother has written a play for daughter - but is too scared to let her star in it.
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' beauty's mum, Sharman MacDonald, would love her daughter to act in the play but says she's so worried it will get a negative response, she won't even show her the script.
She said: "I always assume the worst, so I don't want anybody blaming themselves for anything that happens to any of my work."
Sharman, a former actress, also admitted she was completely in awe of Keira's acting ability.
She added: "At first acting was a tremendous joy for me and then the terror grew. It scared me to death.But Keira has such grace, she's extraordinary."
Meanwhile, Keira recently revealed she was considering quitting acting to become a bricklayer.
She said: "Everyone laughs when I say I'm looking into bricklaying. But I decided if an apocalypse ever comes I'd like to be a skilled labourer and not be left behind at a campfire making gruel.
"My friend's looking for a job and we discovered you can get £15 to £30 an hour for bricklaying."
The Jacket: Keira Knightley Loved Dressing Down
Sexy actress KEIRA KNIGHTLEY loved working with director JOHN MAYBURY on THE JACKET because he placed substance above style.
The 19-year-old relished the opportunity to look less than her best in the gritty thriller because she is growing sick of Hollywood's obsession with beauty and finding the optimum angle to shoot scenes from.
The KING ARTHUR actress says, "When you do the Hollywood vibe on a big film you are shot from the perfect angle and you do tests to make sure, so they won't shoot you from this or that angle.
"With The Jacket, you look sh*t and that's great. It doesn't matter what angle they wanted to film from. I don't have to look perfect. It's all about finding the truth in any situation and the situation in this wasn't a pretty one.
"I wanted to get away from playing the English damsel in distress type. When I auditioned, I said I'd have to spend the next 20 years in corsets if I didn't get the role."
Keira Knightley: Media Attention Making Her Romance Difficult
KNIGHTLEY STRUGGLES WITH TABLOID ROMANCE
British screen beauty KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is still struggling to deal with the media attention surrounding her Irish boyfriend, model JAMIE DORNAN.
Knightley began dating Dornan in 2004 and is encouraging the hunk to take up acting.
The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN beauty says, "I haven't learnt how to deal with reading about our relationship, but it's something I'll have to get round to.
"He's great, very sweet and sexy, but I don't want to talk about him really. Let's just say we're really happy."
Film Domino Slammed Over Lesbian Issue
DOMINO BLASTED BY BOUNTY HUNTER
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY's new movie DOMINO has been slammed by real-life bounty hunter DOMINO HARVEY for falsely portraying her sexuality in the film.
The $57 million (Â£30 million) drama is inspired by Harvey, who abandoned a lucrative career on the London catwalk to chase some of the world's dangerous criminals for the CELES KING BAIL BONDS AGENCY in Los Angeles.
But the 33-year-old former British model is furious she has been depicted as a heterosexual when in reality she is a proud lesbian, and has blasted producers NEW LINE CINEMA for not giving her the right to approve the script before shooting started.
A source says, "Domino sees it as an insult that the producers are selling it as her life story, when they are completely overlooking what she regards as a pretty basic part of her life.
"She feels they have stolen her life from her and made it into the women that they want her to be rather than the woman she is.
"She thinks it's ironic that so much of the publicity the film has attracted has been based on it's raunchy sex scenes."
Get to Know Keira Knightley
Guinevere in King Arthur
As the newest member of Jerrry Bruckheimer’s stable, Keira Knightley went from Pirates of the Caribbean to King Arthur and got a promotion from damsel to full on action heroine. Find out more about the film and Knightley’s personal interests through these interview quotes.
“It’s actually amazing how much [my body] changed within a comparatively short space time. Mind you, I was training a hell of a lot. It sounds really unimpressive now, but I was rather impressed. I went up a dress size, just in muscle. I don’t know about weight. I don’t weigh myself. So it was weird that suddenly the mental image you have of yourself did change dramatically, I thought pretty drastically.”
“Oh, it was a lovely kiss.
Nothing to worry about. It could be a nightmare. You always carry mints in your pocket just for politeness and hope for the best.”
Flirting with the Knights
“I was very lucky. I was surrounded with seven beautiful boys in leather. What more could a girl ask for, really?”
The “Amazon” Outfit
“It was pretty tight. It was actually all one top as opposed to two. It looks like two bits but it was in fact a solid piece and it was fine. It was very good. We took a long time designing that. Originally, we had me in full-on armor, and it was like wait a minute, where did she suddenly get that from? That doesn’t make sense. So I had to be dressed in what all the other Woads were dressed in, and actually I was much more covered up than any of the other ones were because all the guys were totally bare on top and really with little loin cloths, and I was like no way I’m wearing that.”
Taking Off the Blue Makeup
“It was always behind my ears and I always forgot about that bit so I always had little blue streaks running down there. I did nearly ruin my flat in Dublin. The landlord phoned up the production company because I had blue footprints all over it. He was like, ‘What’s this kid doing? She’s got blue paint everywhere!’ And they were like, ‘No, sorry, we’ll clean it up.’”
Marrying on Film
“I think by the end of this year, I will have been married I think five times before I’m 20, which I’m rather proud of. I think that’s all right.”
“I don’t think you need that specific life experience to be able to portray it. I think that whatever age you are, the emotions are the same. A lot of my experiences might have happened in school, but that doesn’t devalue the emotion I felt, and therefore the resources I’ve got to play from. As far as Guinevere goes, I don’t think she’s a specific age. If you look at it historically, she may have been even younger than me, because they died at such a young age. I don't know.”
The New Interpretation
“We know all the legends, and how many different ways can we do this? And then I read the script and said, ‘God, that’s actually really, really interesting.’ So I was really excited. I think to take a story that everybody thinks they know so well and is such a famous fantasy, a romantic fantasy, and trying to find a very gritty reality behind that is a really interesting process. So it was something I was really excited about.”
“When I was doing Pirates of the Caribbean I was always watching the boys training for the fight scenes and doing the fight scenes. And I always thought, ‘Aw, that looks so much fun.’ And I was desperate for a sword. And in this I got swords and axes and all the rest of it, so I more than made up for it. And it was so much fun. I mean I really, really loved it.”
Daily life and relationships
“I have bought a flat in London. I have a bed and a wardrobe and that’s it. People keep saying, ‘Get decorators.’ And I’m like, ‘No, no, no. That’s not the point. I am going to do it myself.’ I just haven’t had any time. And because there’s nothing in there I really haven’t spent much time there.”
“I spend most of my time living alone because I’m on sets. For this I was in Dublin in my own flat, on my own for six months, and I like it.”
“I think in a world where you’re dealing with fantasy the entire time, you have to make time for reality, otherwise there’s nothing to act from. So I’ve got a group of friends around me and I visit my them and they visit me and we’re always talking on the phone, and I think you protect the people you love and who love you.”
“I’m not answering that question.”
Cutting the Chord
“[My mother] is with me at the moment, but as far as work she doesn’t come with me when I’m filming.
She visits me, definitely. Most of my friends aren’t in the industry. Most of them are at university and I’m still friends with the same people I’ve been friends with since I was 11. So I guess they are going to tell me if I start behaving badly.”
Socializing On Set
“I think what’s incredible is that a group of people are thrown together who are all in a foreign land and don’t know each other and you get incredibly close incredibly quickly, and that’s lovely. And nine times out of 10 you don’t see them again, which is sad and beautiful at the same time.”
The Acting Bug
“They tell me I asked for an agent when I was three. I obviously don’t remember it. But I asked for an agent when I was three and I got one when I was six. I never wanted to do anything else, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. I think that’s actually really sad. But no, I’ve never wanted to be anything else.”
“It’s different in England. I finished school. I mean, I left at 16, which is legally when you are allowed to go. I took my GTSEs or O levels, but I didn’t take my A levels.”
“[I’m] not as wealthy as I keep reading I am, or people tell me I am. I do think the apartment was a bit of an extravagance.”
“I’ve been amazingly lucky. The last couple of films that I’ve done, Pirates in particular, have been amazingly successful. And it is something that you can’t predict. So, it’s been a surprise and it’s been fantastic as far as I’m concerned. Ever since I was tiny, my interests have always been watching movies, reading about movies, have been making movies. I guess that’s what I’ve always been interested in and I’m fascinated by the process. So to get the opportunity to do that most of the time is fantastic and I’m really lucky.”
“At the moment, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake. Don’t know why but they’re both fantastic so why not?”
Keira Knightley loves manly man
Keira Knightley got a dashing escort from Oscar winner Adrien Brody when she stepped out at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. The pretty teenager, who is about to turn 20, had jetted into Park City, Utah, to promote their new film The Jacket.
While she was keeping The Pianist star company at the prestigious festival, Britain's hottest young actress was also letting her opinion be known on some of her other co-stars and showbiz friends. Apparently Keira says many simply aren't manly enough to make the grade.
Might Aviator star Leonardo DiCaprio have what it takes to set her heart aflutter? "No, he's not a manly man," she said. "He was a pretty boy early on, but now he's growing into something more interesting." It seems Leo still has a way to go before he can match rock and roll veteran Mick Jagger in the manliness stakes. "Now he's very, very sexy," she said. "So is Clive Owen and so is Viggo Mortensen."
But her Pirates Of The Caribbean co-star Orlando Bloom could likewise do with a bit of toughening up: "He's not a manly man. He's not quite a pretty boy either. He's in between, I'd say. But Brad Pitt, I think, has grown into a manly man and you've got George Clooney, who's really manly."
As to whether she has a favourite silver screen hunk, the young performer confessed that Spooks star Matthew MacFadyen, with whom she appears in Pride And Prejudice, would be her number one choice. "It was great working with him because he's one of the few manly men," she enthused. "I mean, you can't take your eyes off him. He's not a pretty boy – he's a man!"
Keira Selects A Better Bottom
For many people, spending the day browsing a line up of pert bottoms would be a damn sight better than sitting at a desk in a dull office.
And in true Hollywood style, that is exactly what Keira Knightley had to do when she decided her butt wasn't up to filmic exposure.
Whilst filming her latest film, the 19-year-old actress opted for a bottom double - claiming that her behind wasn't perfect enough, reports the Daily Mail.
"We had an audition. I was in an office and women came in and started stripping. They had fantastic bums and it's at that point you go 'OK, unless your bum looks like that, don't show it on film.'
"I don't have a bum like that so it's not in the film," she admitted.
Instead a former ballerina from Romania got the gig... Roberta Lorince, 28, who works in a naked review in Las Vegas was paid £550 a day to stand in for Keira's nude scenes.
The British actress also opted out of doing lap dancing scenes in the movie - despite visiting strip clubs and taking classes.
"I could do the top half, but not the bottom," she explained. "I got too scared and got a double. I couldn't bend in the way you're meant to bend."
The film in question is Domino, which tells a fictionalised account of model Domino Harvey who ended her catwalk career to track down criminals - in the movie Keira has to work as a stripper when she goes undercover.
Keira Knightley thrilled to look ugly on screen
Keira Knightley says she loved starring in forthcoming thriller 'The Jacket' because it gave her the chance to look ugly on screen.
The movie beauty confessed she is sick of trying to look 'perfect' in Hollywood movies and welcomed a role where she didn't have to make an effort to appear beautiful.
She is quoted by Britain's Daily Mail newspaper as saying: "When you do the Hollywood vibe on a big film you are shot from the perfect angle and you do tests to make sure, so they won't shoot you from this or that angle.
"With 'The Jacket' you look s*** and that's great. It didn't matter what angle they wanted to film from. I didn't have to look perfect.
It's all about finding the truth in any situation and the situation in this wasn't a pretty one."
The star, who plays an alcoholic in the movie, also claims she begged its director John Maybury for the part saying, if it wasn't hers, she would be resigned to spending the next 20 years playing the archetypal 'English damsel in distress'.
She added: "I wanted to get away from playing my usual roles.
When I auditioned, I said I'd have to spend the next 20 years in corsets if I didn't get the role."
Keira Knightley's lap dancing lessons
Keira Knightley has confessed she had lap dancing lessons in preparation for her new movie.
The stunning actress had to perform the erotic dance in upcoming film 'Domino' but had to have lessons as she struggled to get the right moves.
However, after a couple of sessions and visits to raunchy strip clubs, the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' beauty stopped as she felt uncomfortable and insisted that a body double performed the scenes instead.
She said: "I could do the top half, but not the bottom. I had two lap dancing lessons and visited strip clubs. But I got too scared and got a double.
I couldn't bend in the way you're meant to bend."
The 19-year-old star also admitted that her stunning good looks have helped her get some parts, but says it has a negative affect on her self-esteem as she is also so concerned with her appearance.
She told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper: "I'm not stupid. I know my face has got me jobs - that's just the way it is.
"But what happens is that you sit for two-and-a-half hours in front of a mirror every morning on a set covering up your imperfections, so you get very aware of them.
"And frankly, it's stupid, and it's a horrible way to be, because what you are is a w****r. I want to be an actress, but it's only a job."
Keira training boyfriend for dream movie role
Keira Knightley is reportedly training up her model boyfriend to land a dream movie role.
The beautiful actress is said to be doing everything possible to help lover Jamie Dornan secure a starring part in a British romantic comedy.
'The Pirates of the Caribbean' star has even signed up her handsome lover to her own agent in a bid to boost his success.
A source close to the couple revealed: "Jamie has had a few acting tips from Keira and she is also teaching him to fence.
"As a model, he has always had bags of confidence but acting's very different.
"There is one particular movie in which Martine McCutcheon is involved that he and Keira are holding out for."
Meanwhile, the 19-year-old beauty has revealed she loves running around half-naked, covered in tattoos, for her latest film 'Domino'.
But the brunette actress says she wouldn't undergo the painful body art in real life.
She confessed: "I like the tattoos but I'm glad to wipe them off. They look sexy but I wouldn't want them for real."
Keira Knightley Told Get Your Belly Button Pierced By Mom
KNIGHTLEY'S MOTHER TOLD HER TO PIERCE BELLY BUTTON
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY's mother approves of her navel piercing - she told the BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM star to get it done.
The British actress was experiencing difficulties at school, so her playwright mother SHARMAN MACDONALD encouraged her to get the stomach ring to boost her self-confidence.
She says, "It was actually my mum who made me do it. I was having a hard time at school. I don't really remember why.
"She decided I needed a little secret so I would think I was cool, then she took me to a piercing parlour.
"I had been talking about it for quite a long time, so I got it done and it worked, it totally worked."
Keira Knightley To Quit Acting And Be A Bricklayer?
KNIGHTLEY EYES UP NEW CAREER AS BRICKLAYER
Movie beauty KEIRA KNIGHTLEY has made certain she has a career to fall back on should acting not work out - she plans on becoming a bricklayer.
The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN star, who earns $2.85 million (£1.5 million) per film, has already begun looking into finding a suitable training program in case she soon becomes unemployed.
She says, "Everyone laughs when I say I'm looking into bricklaying. But I decided if an apocalypse ever comes I'd like to be a skilled labourer and not be left behind at a campfire making gruel.
"My friend's looking for a job and we discovered you can get £15 to £30 an hour for bricklaying.
"I've found the courses and the moment I have some spare time I want to do it. I'm sure I can find a positive experience in laying bricks."
Keira Knightley terrified of the paparazzi
Keira Knightley has confessed she is terrified of the paparazzi.
The stunning actress claims she isn't bothered about having a photo taken when she doesn't look her best, but says she feels threatened that complete strangers are stalking her every move.
She said: "I don't mind a bad picture. I'd prefer there not to be one, obviously, but I don't like the idea of a guy you don't know following you around when you are on your own.
Especially when they are in cars with blacked out windows. It's threatening.
"The photos, I just think, 'Whatever' - but it's unnerving that it could be anyone taking them and you can't see them."
Keira Knightley hires body double for nude scenes
Keira Knightley hired a body double for her new movie - because she "didn't feel comfortable" stripping off for nude scenes.
The sexy star - who was voted the world's sexiest movie star earlier this year - employed the services of former ballerina Roberta Lorincz to stand in for her in forthcoming film 'Domino'.
But Romanian Lorincz, 28, who now works as a topless dancer at the V theatre in Las Vegas, admitted she couldn't believe that the stunning actress was ashamed of her body.
She told America's Las Vegas journal: "You don't even dream of this in Romania.
"As a dancer I have no worries about my body. But Keira is a very beautiful woman."
Earlier this week, 19-year-old Keira - who shot to fame in British soccer movie 'Bend it Like Beckham' - was injured on the set of the movie after being hit by a stray bullet.
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star was reportedly burned by an exploding shell after a machine gun stunt backfired.
But insiders revealed that despite the injury, the stunning star carried on with the film shoot without making a fuss.
A source said: "It was a bad burn but Keira didn't complain and just got on with the job."
Keira, who stars alongside 'American Beauty' actress Mena Suvari in the film, plays former model Domino Harvey, in the true story of a girl who quit the catwalk to become a bounty hunter.
Keira Knightley house-hunting in Dublin
Keira Knightley is house-hunting in Dublin.
The stunning actress is looking for a new home in the Irish capital after falling in love with the city while filming 'King Arthur' there. Keira, who is dating Irish model Jamie Dornan, also believes she is more anonymous in Ireland.
A friend revealed: "She was amazed how easy it was to get about without being hassled."
Earlier this year, Keira was forced to move back in with her parents after her new home was flooded.
The beautiful 19-year-old recently splashed out 500,000GBP on a flat in London's classy Sloane Square.
But, on moving in, Keira was horrified to discover there were serious plumbing problems.
In June, she revealed to America's 'Tonight with Jay Leno' show: "The whole thing is broken. It's got water pouring through the ceilings and the electrics don't work."
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star then returned to her parents' home until the problems were fixed.
She confessed at the time: "I've moved back in with mum and dad. I'm not grown up at all."
Keira Knightley 'can't wait to kiss Orlando Bloom'
Keira Knightley has admitted she can't wait to kiss Orlando Bloom again.
The stunning actress, who is dating Irish model Jamie Dornan, has confessed she enjoyed smooching with the screen heartthrob so much in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' that she is looking forward to more kissing scenes in the sequel.
She revealed: "I'd love to kiss him again!
Orlando is a very, very lovely chap.
And kissing him was great.
He's a great kisser - very soft lips."
Keira Knightley loves action sequences
Hollywood heartthrob Keira Knightley has said that she loved shooting for the action sequences of "King Arthur".
According to Hello magazine, Knightley, who hogged the limelight with her silver-grey Jill Sander outfit was thrilled to see the crowd that had gathered in Leicester Square for the film's premiere.
"As a 19-year-old woman, you want to see really strong women in the cinema," she said. "If you're there, you might as well get stuck in." she was quoted as saying.
Actor Ray Winstone, who is known for his hardman roles, admitted that he felt overshadowed by Keira's fighting skills.
"Keira is the best out of us all. She's a little fireball, but I wouldn't let her give me any tips - I'm not going to learn to fight from a woman,"he was quoted as saying.
Keira also revealed she would be happy to strip off naked in a movie.
Also whe doesn't have a problem with her body and would happily strip if the role required it.
Keira gets bigger boobs wish!
Movie star Keira Knightley has got her wish - she has been given bigger boobs.
But the 19-year-old did not have to go under the surgeon's knife for her chest to swell with pride.
Instead the computer wizards got to work to make her look bustier in publicity posters for her latest hit movie King Arthur.
Keira, who plays Guinevere, had been moaning that nothing had been done to make her flat chest look curvier.
Film bosses gave in to her wishes - but she is still not satisfied.
She said: "They could have given me a lot more on top."
It is the second time that her image has been doctored to appear larger than life in promotional pictures, says the Daily Mirror.
She was given a very impressive cleavage for the swashbuckler Pirates of the Caribbean.
Keira Knightley - 'Clooney is my dream man'
Keira Knightley has confessed that George Clooney is her dream man.
The stunning actress, who is currently romancing Irish model Jamie Dornan, says the Hollywood actor is her pin-up but admits she barely spoke to him when she met him on the set of her forthcoming movie, 'The Jacket'.
She said: "Yes, he's the one.
He was only there for one day and I managed to say 'hello' and 'goodbye'.
"People were digging me in the ribs, telling me to say something but I just couldn't.
He's the one I completely fall apart over."
The 19-year-old also confessed how much she enjoyed her love scenes with her 'King Arthur' co-star, Clive Owen.
She told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "It was part of the job. There's no point being embarrassed about it because that's the name of the game and I'm not someone who would do those scenes if I didn't think they were necessary.
"It was just another day at the office - a very nice day at the office."
Although Keira fantasies about her on-screen love life, she is quite happy with 22-year-old Jamie, although she isn't sure if she's in love with him. She revealed: "I don't know if I'm in love . and there's always time for romance."
Keira Knightley vows not to bare bum!
Keira Knightley has vowed never to bare her behind for a film.
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star has confessed that despite turning to raunchier roles to shed her 'English Rose' image, she will still be keeping certain body parts well covered.
She revealed how she once informed a director: "You're not going to see my arse! The top half is fine but the bottom half isn't."
The shy actress claims that, although she is comfortable revealing her breasts, she still feels uneasy about filming steamy roles.
While filming the sex scenes for her new film 'The Jacket' where she stars opposite Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody, she requested that minimum crew were present.
She is quoted by Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "It was kind of the first time I had done a nude thing. It was cool. It was only John, the cameraman and the focus-puller, so there were only three people."
Although the role was challenging, Keira claims she is determined to move on from "slightly feisty, English, corseted" roles.
She said: "When I read this script the character was different from anything I had played before and was just really, really exciting."
Keira's running scared
When it comes to self promotion, pouting Keira Knightley is her own worst enemy.
The gangly lass has been droning on about the horrible press and how she doesn’t know how to do anything else but act so it’s not her fault.
"I don't read any magazines or newspapers any more, because I find it really scary and I get really scared when I'm followed by photographers.”
We’re sick of seeing Brian McFadden’s mush, too, deary.
"I have, on many occasions, broken down in tears because I find it terrifying. I dropped out of school when I was 16 so there's nothing else that I can do."
We’re sure she once mentioned she’d like to have a go at brick-laying.
Honestly, young ones these days are so weak and fickle.
Keira Knightley: In Shiny Armor with ''King Arthur''
Forget the Guinevere you think you know, the mythic queen of Camelot breaking hearts in a flowing gown. Keira Knightley plays the legendary love of King Arthur and Lancelot as a sword-swinging warrior in chainmail and face paint. The boys-club-crashing star of "Bend It Like Beckham" told MTV News' Kelly Marino about training for "King Arthur," doing her own stunt work and finding romance in battle.
MTV: In the past, many adaptations of the King Arthur story have focused on the love triangle between Guinevere, Arthur and Lancelot. This "King Arthur" focuses on the fighting, the people and freedom. Was there ever a time that you wanted to incorporate more of the love story?
Keira Knightley: To tell you the truth, I think that every other film of the myths and legends of King Arthur has totally focused on that famous love triangle. So we've kind of seen it and it's been done. That's great, and I'm a sucker for romance as well. If you want that, then there are millions of other things out there where you can go and see that.
If you want something a bit different, yeah, this film does focus on the action. For me, I still do think it is pretty romantic because there is, in the middle of all of these battles and everything else, a very intimate scene between Arthur and Guinevere. Although it does not focus on the love triangle including Lancelot, it is suggested. It is there slightly, but certainly it is not the focus of the film.
MTV: What about the training process, and the fight scenes? You obviously had to work out for this film.
Knightley: Yeah, we all did about three months' training before the film started. For me that meant a lot of weightlifting to get my muscles up because I didn't have any. Boxing, knife fighting, sword fighting, axe fighting, archery — horse riding as well, but I never got to ride a horse, which I was a bit annoyed about.
When we were filming, we had personal trainers on set the whole time. So when we weren't filming, we were in the gym, just trying to keep it all up. Physically, it was really demanding, but it was great. I really loved it.
MTV: Did you do all of your stunts in the movie?
Knightley: I did. I did all of my own stunts. When I started, I really wanted to do as much as possible, but it just so happened I had 3 weeks off before the major battle scene was filmed. So I had a fantastic stunt girl called Kelly, and she took me through all the fight scenes step by step. And she just said, "Listen, we'll see how much she can do at the end of it." And I did all of it, so it was great.
MTV: Have you known since you were a kid that acting is something you want to do?
Knightley: Yeah, very much so. I think I asked for an agent when I was three. I don't remember, obviously, but that is what I was told. I got one when I was 6.
So, yeah. I have never wanted to do anything else, which I don't necessarily think is a good thing. I think that is actually pretty sad of me, but hopefully I will grow up one day and get a proper job. Until then, I am quite happy being on film sets.
MTV: Your career has skyrocketed in the past two to three years. Are you enjoying this to the fullest, or do you wish sometimes that you could go back to normal?
Knightley: This is very much the career that gets blown up and blown down in a second, so I think you have to enjoy this while it lasts and move on when it goes, which is cool.
As far as all the rest of it, my group of friends, most of them aren't in the industry. So I just go back and they're talking about university, and that is great. I think that is how I want to keep it.
Keira Knightley's terrible experience
The celeb to have the terrible experience of being treated like a normal person was Keira Knightley.
The ‘Love Actually’ darling had a super-stressful time of auditioning (yes, she actually had to try out for a part!) in front of director John Maybury, for his forthcoming movie ‘The Jacket’.
“That was an awful audition process because I was actually filming ‘King Arthur’ in Ireland when I had to go to London and meet the director for this, and I got food-poisoning really, really badly,” explains Keira.
“It was 4.30 in the morning and I wake up and I'm puking and I had to get on a plane and it's just the most awful flight. So I went and met this director, John Maybury, and the whole time I was kind of thinking, 'Okay, don't puke over him, don't puke over him! Please!'”
“And it was a lunch meeting, so they had fish as well, which is never good. So I'm thinking that all the time and then he suddenly turns around to me and says, 'Actually, I don't want you in this film. I think you're completely wrong for the role.'”
“I was thinking, 'My God! And I've tried not to puke over you the entire time!'”
But — pack away your tissues, Knightley fans — he did an about-face and gave the teen celeb the role in the end. She got to play a booze-addled waitron in the flick, scheduled to hit cinemas next year.
Keira Knighley: "The Jacket"
In the thick of Park City, Utah, home of skiers and movie lovers, that annual love fest of Indie cinema known as the Sundance Film Festival is in full throttle. It may not exactly be the arena in which one would normally find Keira Knightley, that tall, languid British rose, who has suddenly, almost inexplicably it seems, risen to the top of Hollywood's A-list. Perhaps that explains the frenzied scene on top of Park City's hub of frenzied activity in Main Street where outside one of the area's more chic eateries, the paparazzi are gathered en masse, crowded around with a vulture-like intensity, ready to pounce upon this tall, British lass, with an all to eager ferocity.
Such is the life of a now popular film star, but being leapt upon by photographers and a throng of enthusiastic onlookers, is not something Knightley, at near 20, enjoys, to put it mildly. Away from the frenzied scene outside, as we chat in a dimly sit section of Main Street's Chamaya restaurant, Knightley, dressed appropriately for the wintry Park City, is relaxed and in god humour, as she smilingly compares the Paparazzi scene to a classic Hitchcock film. "It was like a scene from The Birds," she begins, then breaks into a quiet laughter. "It was like at first there were three, there were eight, then there were ten, then there were just millions of them, and it was like 'oh my God'."
Knightley, whose exposure to fame has occurred in such a short space of time, says that her exposure to the press is uncomfortable because that is not something she expected from being an actor. "I think it was Tom Hanks who said: 'I just don't want to be near you all the time, because if I was completely comfortable being ME all the time then I wouldn't be an actor since I wouldn't feel the need to be many other people.' I guess that's true," Knightley concedes, who was at Sundance to promote the sci-fi thriller The Jacket, in which she plays Jackie, a very American, unglamorous role, poles away from the personas she created in Love, Actually or Bend it Like Beckham. "I feel very comfortable playing Jackie where you can explore emotions that normally you'd run away from and because it's not you that's exploring them. Suddenly you're free and you can really look into it, whereas if it was me, I'd turn away from the emotion. As soon as it's meant to be me, it's a very scary thing to have people actually looking at you as opposed to looking at your character."
In the three years since Bend it like Beckham placed Knightley in the centre of an unwanted attention, the young actress has had to learn to deal with the nature of fame and celebrity, all of which seems far removed from her Middlesex background, as Hollywood celebrity rears its ugly head. But Knightley remains philosophical about her sudden road to fame and glory, yet hates the tabloid journalism that is part and parcel of her success. "Without complaining about it, it's hugely invasive and uncomfortable. I don't read any magazines or newspapers any more, because I find it really scary and I get really scared when I'm followed by photographers. I have, on many occasions, broken down in tears because I find it terrifying and I don't know why," Knightley concedes, adding that once the mystery about you has been eradicated, there is no point in the public seeing you on the screen.
Yet despite the by-product of fame and celebrity, Knightley wouldn't have it any other way, because acting is what she has always known and loved. The daughter of actor Will Knightley and playwright Sharman Macdonald, it was at the age of three that young Keira requested an agent, so her dutiful parents allowed her to work on productions in her summer holidays. Her first role was at the age of 9, in Moira Armstrong's A Village Affair (1994). However, Knightley's first high profile role came in 1999, as Sabe, Decoy Queen to Natalie Portman's Queen Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Since then she has completed an impressive array of films including The Hole (2001), but is probably best known for her role of tomboy footballer Jules Paxton in Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham (2002), before cementing her success in Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean. Despite her success, Knightley admits to being "desperately insecure" yet despite those insecurities, acting is what she continues to crave, and has no idea what she would do once the acting stops, "and when I do have an idea, I'll do something else, but at the moment I dropped out of school when I was sixteen, so there's nothing else that I CAN do. If I knew what I wanted to study I would actually go back to studying, and I'm not going to waste anybody's time."
Knightley has no reason to be professionally insecure. After all, here she is at Sundance promoting The Jacket, co-starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody, who plays a military veteran, returning to his native Vermont suffering from bouts of amnesia. When he is accused of murder and lands in an asylum, a well-meaning shrink puts him on a heavy course of experimental drugs, restrains him in a jacket-like device, and locks him away in a body drawer of the basement morgue. The process sends him on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death (but not who did it or how) in four day's time. Now the only question that matters is: can the woman he meets in the future, Jackie, save him? It is a character such as this, a downtrodden, impoverished American, which enticed Knightley to shed her glamorous persona, for this less likely character. The actress says it roles like this that make her want to act with increasing passion. "This reminds me of what I love to do, which is to be lost in a character, to create something, be part of that creative process and to be with people who are true artists."
Knightley pauses, smilingly, then laughs when asked if can relate to Jackie, a woman born in deep poverty to a mother who seems disconnected from her failed existence. "No - oh God I hope we have nothing in common." Keira's relationship with her own mother, for instance, is a long way from the mother-daughter relationship explored in The Jacket. "We're really incredibly close yet really different people," Knightley says, referring to her mum as "an eternal optimist and absolutely incredible. Both my brother and I who are very close to my mum, always say she's the youngest of three children and full of energy. The woman never sits down and when she does interviews, she's out with the journalists all night and they're both getting pissed together. It's absolutely extraordinary and she's totally a free spirit." Knightley admits that she doesn't share her mother's sense of optimism, which is hard to imagine while one is sitting down chatting to her. "I'm not the eternal pessimist, but I'm certainly more pessimistic than she and she says that I'm naturally melancholy which mum says is very tedious." Knightley adds that she has no idea why she is melancholy, but simply realises, "that I can be a moody cow."
Yet Keira, who recently bought a flat in London which she rarely sees these days, is at least enjoying early trappings of success, and is more than happy to shirk her melancholy state, for the respite of a character. And while Fate is a theme recurring throughout The Jacket, Knightley says that to some degree, she is a believer in certain aspects of Fate. "In a funny kind of way I think I do. You know, the Celts believe in fate and they also have that huge guilt trip as well, so I think I've got both of that going on within me, but I suppose there are parts in me that go, okay if something goes badly or if I didn't get a part, then I do always say that it was fate."
And what about the old idea of love at first sight, that also resonates throughout much of her on-screen work, as in The Jacket? "No, I don't think so," but adds that as far as men are concerned, the actress is not treated that differently now that she is famous. "Do you know what? I've actually had a lot more guy friends than girlfriends. Growing up as a bit of a tom-boy I suppose that's just the way it's been and so most of the friends I have at the moment have been the same friends that I've had for years and years and years. I'm not terribly sociable. and am in fact pretty extraordinarily UNSOCIABLE, so I don't meet that many people and when I do I only meet them through the friends I've already got."
Given her professional future, however, Knightley may have little time to hang out with friends of either persuasion. She finished wrapping Pride and Prejudice, but more of interest, is Domino, in which she plays a striper, has a topless scene, but decided she was to shy to show her bum, so ended up with what she laughingly calls "a bum double." Knightley had to choose the right posterior to of course to her own, justice. "I was standing in an office and women came in and started stripping," she recalls, trying unsuccessfully to keep a straight face.
"Actually - you know what - they have fantastic arses and it's at those points where you look at their bums and you think you've got an alright bum and then you go okay, unless your bum looks like that don't show it on film. If it looks like that - show it by all means, but I don't have a bum like that and therefore it will not be shown on film. I didn't know what to do and you sort of don't know where to look, but you've got to look at their bum and then you sort of think, well should I talk to them, or should I not talk to them?" It all sounds like an odd way to make a living, but Knightley says, it's part of Hollywood's dream factory, bums and all. "What it is, is a dream world, and that's what films are. They're fantasies, stories, and escapism for people. Now in that particular scene, what they wanted was a perfect image, so in this story, in this fantasy, in this dream, you didn't need my arse up there, you wanted something perfect up there gyrating around, so let's get something perfect - you know?"
While her bum may not be shown in that film, her swordplay will be back in Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3, but beyond that, she has no idea, if the two films will be shot simultaneously, or even what they're about. She has yet to read a script, "but all I know is we're supposed to be filming in March." Beyond Pirates, Keira isn't sure what the future brings, but says that at last she knows that that she's in this game for the long haul. "I've just signed on the dotted line for Pirates, but I don't know what I'm doing afterwards. I know that I'm really proud of the last three films that I did. I don't know whether people are going to go - oh no you're a phony, or actually you're okay, let's keep going. I don't think that in this profession, it doesn't matter how good you are or how good your work is, you never know whether you're going to carry on working or not, you really don't. I know I've said that till I'm blue in the face, but it's so true and I think because having been brought up in the theatre background, I've seen people who've gone two years out of work."
Yet despite these feelings of insecurity, Knightley continues to remain ensconced in this most desperate of professions, even with paparazzi in hot pursuit, and the nagging worry that it could all end tomorrow, "because getting to a set and creating something is a weirdly powerful, provocative and amazing feeling and I can't imagine doing anything else and this is the only world that I know. I've been brought up in it, I don't know anything else and I suppose it's the insecurity of it that, in a strange way, that makes me feel safe."
Keira Knightley stars in "King Arthur"
The first impression one has of 19-year old British actress Keira Knightley is her ability not to take Hollywood too seriously. While being touted as the next big thing to hit these shores from the UK in a while, the beautiful co-star of Bend it like Beckham, Love Actually and last year's Pirates of the Caribbean, prefers to adopt a realistic perspective. "I think acting is a profession that is built up and blown down in a moment," Knightley says, while promoting King Arthur, in which she plays a feisty version of the classic Guinevere character. "All of that is very nice, but it is a puff of smoke. I think what you can do is just play your game, try and do projects that interest you and that you hope other people will find interesting. Of course it's very nice when people say, 'You're the next big thing,' but it's the work that speaks for itself."
Knightley is not without a sense of humour. Asked what keeps her grounded, she responds with "I don't think I am particularly grounded", laughingly conceding that she is "Completely wanky." But seriously, she says, "I think as long as you surround yourself with people who are going to tell you when you're acting up or are going to laugh at you, then all is fine."
Knightley rose to immediate prominence as the young soccer player trying to compete in a man's sport, in Bend it like Beckham. Her beautiful looks and charming persona would attract attention in the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually, but Hollywood would soon beckon with Pirates of the Caribbean, and now a unique take on Guinevere, in the big budget King Arthur. On the latter, Knightley says that in taking on such a classic character, it was important to make her uniquely interesting. "We know all the legends and how many different ways we can do this. Then I read the script and said, 'God, that's actually interesting,' so I was really excited. I think to take a story that everybody thinks they know so well and is such a famous romantic fantasy, and then try to find a very gritty reality behind it, is a really interesting process."
Her Guinevere is tougher than her predecessors, a full-on action character who kicks butt with the best of them, something the actress clearly enjoyed, but draws the line at admitting that the character is something of a role model. "She's sort of a scary role model, isn't she? If you want a role model, fine with 'Pirates' or anything like that, but please don't look to this. Yes, certainly her strength is impressive, and as far as a moviegoer and somebody of my age, I want to see more strong women on film, which is what I'm interested in seeing. We've seen enough of these wimps - the girlfriend role, so I think it's really positive to see images of women who are every bit as strong as the guys." As for being immersed in the action of King Arthur, "When I was doing Pirates of the Caribbean, I was always watching the boys training for the fight scenes and doing them, and I always thought, 'Aw, that looks so much fun.' So I was desperate for a sword and in this I got swords and axes, making up for it. We trained for about three months before we started, and for me that involved a lot of weight training to try and bulk me up a bit."
While in King Arthur, we get to see a more 'manly' side of the usually feminine actress, Knightley considers herself to be "like a man. I suppose I'm more of a tomboy than the girly-girl, which is why I can't walk on these stilettos very well. I look drunk, which is fantastic," Knightley says, laughingly.
At 19, Knightley has avoided being cast as adolescents, has been married a number of times [on screen] and is therefore untypical of other actresses her age. Knightley says that she has gone out of her way avoiding the conventional teen casting route. "I think you can only do movies that you'd like to watch and I just haven't really seen any teen movies. I think they're a very American thing, and maybe not within the English culture. I'm not quite sure what they are, so I'm only trying to choose things that I'd like to see myself and that really interest me. It just so happens that it's been films like this as opposed to like that," says Knightley, philosophically.
When not working and playing at international movie star, Knightley no longer lives at home, she says. "I have bought a flat in London. I have a bed, a wardrobe and that's it. People keep asking me to get decorators. But I'm like, no, no, no. That's not the point. I am going to do it myself." The actress lives alone, a fact that doesn't concern or frighten her. "I spend most of my time living alone because I'm on sets. For this I was in Dublin in my own flat, on my own, for 6 months, and I like it. I keep walking into it and going, 'Yeah, it's a nice space. I'll go back home now.'"
Regarding her private life, Knightley remains guarded, laughing a bit too raucously when asked about the current state of her love life. "I'm not answering those questions" she exclaims with mock disgust. But in looking for the right guy, she says "just nice guys, and if they want to offer me diamonds and proposals, then I'm totally up for it," she says, again laughingly. Asked what it was like to be surrounded by a group of leather-clad hunks in King Arthur, Knightley offers a broad smile. "Oh, it was very distracting and good, because you know, eye candy is nice."
Knightley says she has little time off so does very little in her downtime, a period that is becoming rarer for this in-demand actress. "When I do get home I like to spend as much time with my friends and family as possible." Her professional future is just as rosy, with a big-screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and of course two new Pirates films.
There is little doubt that Keira Knightley is someone with more than a solid future in front of her, and nobody is more surprised by her new-found stardom than the actress herself. "I've been amazingly lucky with the last couple of films that I've done, "Pirates" in particular, having been amazingly successful. But it is something that you can't predict, so it's been a surprise and just fantastic, as far as I'm concerned. Ever since I was tiny my interests have always been watching movies, reading about movies, and making movies and I guess that's what I've always been interested in and fascinated by the process. So to get the opportunity to do that most of the time is fantastic."
Keira Knightley sick of pretty-boys
Keira Knightley has revealed that she prefers "manly men" to the pretty-boy actors that she meets in Hollywood. The Pirates of the Caribbean actress has admitted that she secretly likes Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
"Brad Pitt, I think, has grown into a manly man - and you've got George Clooney, who's really manly," Keira is quoted as saying. However, Knightley saves her real praise for Enigma and Pride and Prejudice actor Matthew MacFadyen.
She added, "It was great working with him because he's one of the few manly men. He's not a pretty boy - he's a man. It was such a lovely experience because Matthew is so romantic as Mr Darcy."
Keira Knightly Hated Bare Bum Scene
KNIGHTLEY SCARED TO BARE BOTTOM
British beauty KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is insecure about her body - and refuses to bear her naked bottom in front of the camera.
The KING ARTHUR screen siren recently filmed her first sex scenes in movie THE JACKET, and she was anxious to have as few crew members on set as possible.
The 19-year-old recalls telling a director, "You're not going to see my arse! The top half is fine but the bottom half isn't. It's a girl thing. You know, it's just one of those things."
Knightley jumped at the chance to star alongside OSCAR-winner ADRIEN BRODY in The Jacket because it was unlike any role she'd been offered before.
She says, "When I read this script the character was different from anything I had played before and was just really, really exciting."
Before her first sex scene, Knightley made special arrangements with director JOHN MAYBURY: "It was kind of the first time I had done a nude thing. It was cool. It was only John, the cameraman and the focus-puller, so there were only three people."