The 'Pirates of the Caribbean" star admits she decided to turn her back on acting altogether at the age of 22, because she had worked nonstop since she was 16 years old. But after a hiatus, Knightley realised her passion for her job. "I think I intended not to work again. I wasn't enjoying what I was doing and I felt terribly guilty about that," Contactmusic quoted her as telling Vogue magazine.
“I remember hating the idea that I was in a privileged position and couldn't see the point of any of it. I had worked solidly since I was 16, till 22, and I had not been on holiday in all of that time. I didn't know if I was going to go back to acting at all. I think for a long time I thought I wouldn't," she said.