Keira Knightley Doubles the Fun


When one thinks of the most beautiful young actresses of modern cinema in their 20’s, one thinks of Natalie Portman, Scarlet Johansen, and without a doubt, the stunning Keira Knightly. Launching in to the film conscious of world cinema, she first came to us in ‘Innocent Lies,’ and next, in ‘Star Wars, The Phantom Menace.’ ‘Bend it Like Bekham,’ and ‘Pure’ followed, as did her starring role in ‘Pirates of the Carribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl.’ A further string of hits followed, with ‘Love Actually,’ ‘ King Arthur,’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ While ‘The Jacket’ and ‘Domino’ were smaller, she more than made up for these, conquering the world again not once, but twice, with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,’ and ‘Pirates of the Carribean: At Word’s End.’ Though not really a fan of big special effect filled blockbusters, she came back to her period piece, art house sensibilities, which proved to any one that doubted, she is a first rate actress, with an outstanding performance in the wonderful film adaptation of ‘Atonement.’ ‘Silk’ followed, as later did ‘The Edge of Love’ and ‘The Duchess.’

As countless girls flock to Hollywood, and obsess about their weight, Keira expresses her terrible worries about the matter. She tells us, ‘I don`t think about nutrition. The very thought of a diet makes me want chips and ice cream. And I just hate going to the gym. I cannot stand it… The most exercise I do is turning on the television…I`m naturally an extremely lazy person, so if someone did everything for me, I really think I would do nothing at all…’

Yet while she worries about her appearance, which she confesses is all good genes, she doesn’t mind it so much that she won’t flaunt it. She goes on, ‘I don`t have a problem with my body. I`m not just going to strip off all my clothing, but if the part calls for it and I don`t think there`s any way round, I`m absolutely fine.’ Yet, her humility is as big as ever, as she discusses fame and her own perception within it all. She tells us more, ‘In this business, fame lasts for a second. You can be blown up and be blown down. People keep losing interest in faces because new ones come along every single second. I`m one at the moment. Tomorrow I won`t be. That`s cool…’

With films coming out back to back over the next few years including “Last Night,’ ‘London Boulevard,’ ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘King Lear,’ ‘The Beautiful and the Damned,’ and the highly anticipated science fiction thriller ‘Never Let Me Go’ in which she is cloned, Keira doubles the pleasure audiences will have seeing her on screen. The mastery of her craft, and her actable choices get only better with time. And the way we see it, we can safely say, Keira, you’re totally wrong. You’ll be around for a long, long time.

The Hollywood Sentinel, © 2009.