Keira Knightley Quotes

May 16, 2015

keira knightley quote elitere 1I think that these quotes go well with Alina’s review for Anna Karenina. I can’t say that I am a fan, but I do admire Keira Knightley, she’s talented, funny and she’s got that something which attracts me when I learn that she plays in a film; that definitely grabs my attention. I’m still wondering why I haven’t watched The Imitation Game yet… shame on me. Until I do manage to see and write about it, let’s see what Keira Knightley says about fame, art and family. Enjoy!


“I’d never seen what it was like to be [famous]. But what is wonderful is the closeness that I had with my family became even more so – there was a ring of protection around me. I’ve got to the stage now when I can see that was what saved me – and also, I realise that I wouldn’t be as close to my mum and my dad and my brother if I hadn’t been dealing with [fame] at that point.” (source)

“I don’t think that you can fake warmth. You can fake lust, jealousy, anger; those are all quite easy. But actual, genuine warmth? I don’t think you can fake it.” (source)

“The thing about great fictional characters from literature, and the reason that they’re constantly turned into characters in movies, is that they completely speak to what makes people human. They’re full of flaws as much as they are full of heroics. I think the reason that people love them and hate them so much is because, in some way, they always see a mirror of themselves in them, and you can always understand them on some level. Sometimes it’s a terrifyingly dark mirror that’s held up. ” (source)

“I think a lot of people want to play heroic characters, and that’s it. But I don’t find that very compelling. It’s far more interesting to think about characters whose actions don’t always make sense. The fact is, the opposite is always alive in every decision. And if you look at your own life, and the way you’ve behaved and thought, it won’t always make sense either.” (source)

“I think that acting is, by its nature, a very, very strange thing to do. It’s like a scab that you have to keep picking open and prodding. There is a darkness to it. And you have to be very careful, because otherwise you can get lost.” (source)Keira Knightley

“Up until 2011, I would talk about feminism quite a lot in interviews and absolutely get laughed at by female journalists. On one hand, I completely understand that; it’s very difficult for anyone who models or objectifies their body to talk about feminism. On the other hand, you go, ‘No, there isn’t equal pay, there are horrendous domestic abuse problems in England and America, and every woman has a right to say that there aren’t enough female stories’. It’s incredibly important for media to continue the discussion and really push for it and don’t say, ‘That’s passé. Oh, no, that’s a problem of the past’.” (source)

“When I heard Benedict was doing it (The Imitation Game), I thought “Alright, go on!”. -…- It’s always lovely to work with friends. He’s having such an amazing, kind of, moment. He’s always been brilliant and he’s always worked more than any actor I’ve ever known. It’s sort of wonderful that he’s had some things where the success is finally caught up with him and it’s great.” (source)

Benedict (Cumberbatch) is a very good dinner companion: always interested and interesting, up on politics and the news (so he’s got an opinion) and always ready with a story, although occasionally you have to pin him down to one subject because he tends to veer off in all directions. He is also caring. There have been moments in our friendship when I have been going through tough times and he has been right there, taking me out to dinner, coming round to the house, being the one who listened. I appreciate that hugely.” (source)

“I have no idea whether I am completely sane. I don’t think anybody is. I see the world through my eyes. It’s sometimes a strange world. I hope I don’t hurt people. You hope not to hurt yourself too much, either. Maybe that’s the definition of keeping yourself in check?” (source)

“The criticism was tough. At school I’d always been good at things. And drama was always something I’d been good at. I was picked for good parts in the school plays and you form a sense of yourself from that. And then all of a sudden people are saying: ‘No, you’re shit. You don’t know what you’re doing.’ It’s a strange jolt in how you see yourself and how you connect to the thing that you love.” (source)

keira knightley quote elitere 3I do feel more comfortable in my skin. And, as a performer, I feel more comfortable in my ability to tap into a stock of emotions. I go back to when I was very young and doing big films, and I can see that of course I was never going to be able to understand everything I was playing on a level that I could now. As life goes on, you pick up wounds, and for an actor it’s terribly important to have those wounds to draw on.” (source)

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by Elena Atudosiei


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4 Responses to Keira Knightley Quotes

  1. Alina Andreea Catarau on May 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful article, dearie! I remember that I found a while ago an interview with Keira and I was hooked, because she is not only a beautiful and talented actress, but also a smart woman. I’m glad that my review inspired you to write something about her. 🙂

    • Elena Atudosiei on May 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Oh, I’ll do more than this (hopefully) soon. More reviews need to join yours. 🙂

      • Alina Andreea Catarau on May 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        I can’t wait to finish my exams to create more content for our site and followers! :*

        • Elena Atudosiei on May 17, 2015 at 6:03 pm

          I’m with you on that one. But summer’s close. 😉

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