Keira Knightley surprised by enduring success

Keira Knightley is surprised she's managed to remain such a big figure in the world of acting.

Keira Knightley is “terrified” of her laziness.

The 29-year-old actress has been in the spotlight for over a decade now, landing her breakthrough role in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and going on to star in big flicks such as Atonement and Anna Karenina.

Her ever-growing success is a revelation to her as she confesses she has regular periods of losing focus. But luckily she always manages to get past them and land new ventures.

“I tend to get back up quite quickly after I’ve been knocked down, and I try forge ahead as much as possible. I must admit, I can easily be one of those actors who almost seems like they’ve got a frontal lobotomy and doesn’t do anything,” she told The Red Bulletin magazine. “But then I get terrified by my own laziness, and that pushes me to be proactive. But why have I lasted in this business? I’m surprised myself. I’m incredibly lucky. There are a lot of people who have a couple of films and don’t get any more offers.”

While she wouldn’t swap her lifestyle now for how it used to be, Keira does admit finding fame at a young age meant she lacked any time to experiment. For example, she jokes she couldn’t “take all the drugs” she wanted to take – a line she amused herself with – and found herself restricted due to the cameras constantly following her.

But all her hard work has amounted to her earning two Oscar nominations; one for best actress in 2006 for Pride & Prejudice and another at this year’s ceremony for best supporting actress with her role in The Imitation Game. She isn’t letting the awards recognition go to her head though.

“Quite a few times I’ve played parts where people have gone ‘Oh my God, this has got to get nominations.’ And it hasn’t. You do go, ‘Oh f**k.’ But you can’t aim to make an award-winning film.

“You can aim to make the best film you can possibly make,” she added.
Copyright: Cover Media 2015

Friday, 13. February 2015