Monday, September 10, 2007
Actress Keira Knightley might be one of the most sought after actresses today, but the star reveals that success hasn"t come easy for her. The 22-year-old actress admitted that her first years in the industry were lonely and she took the strain of malicious comments. “When I was 17, 18, 19, I felt incredibly insecure. I went through a period of thinking I looked weird and skinny, and that"s 10 times worse when you"re being written about," the Daily Express quoted her, as telling Vogue magazine.
“When it first starts happening, I defy anybody not to look at every review that says you"re rubbish and not to look at every picture that says you"re wearing the wrong dress," she added. Keira said that to get away from criticism, she buried herself in her work, but even that didn"t stop critics from doubting her suitability in Pride And Prejudice.
“Pretty much everyone said, 'You"re not right for it". It was like 'Come on! It"s the girl from Pirates! She can"t act". I think I hid in work because I didn"t want to deal with any of it. I just worked and worked and worked," she said. However, the actress added that her dedication had a bad effect on her own persona.
“You get to a point where suddenly you realise you"ve been living on film sets and you don"t see your friends and you haven"t been home for five years. You"re 21 and you can"t look after yourself because on film sets everything is done for you," she said. “You see your friends who have grown into these mature beings who can cope with things and you can"t. It"s really quite terrifying," she added.