Born into a family of writers and performers, it is no surprise that Keira Knightley has been acting since she was seven. Although she landed some substantial roles alongside prominent Hollywood stars with no formal theatrical training other than a passion to perform in her younger years, it was her big break in a small English indie film called, Bend It Like Beckham, which became a massive box office hit and propelled her career to new heights. Knightley soon caught the attention of many acclaimed directors, who wanted to work with her. Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually, The Duchess, The Imitation Game, Anna Karenina and Colette, are just some of the films, for which she gained notoriety and received numerous Academy Award nominations for.
The beautiful and talented actress has mastered the skill and sensitivity to embody diverse roles set in different time periods throughout history, with perfection, grace and authenticity. In her latest role set in postwar Germany 1946, Knightley takes on a dramatic part of a mourning wife, who is reunited with her British colonel husband (Jason Clarke) in the shattered city of Hamburg. When discovering that they will be sharing a mansion with its previous owner (Alexander Skarsgård) and his daughter, a surprising twist and unexpected decision leads to passion and inevitable betrayal, as a coping mechanism for the grief and spite they all feel.
We recently sat down with the lovely actress in London, to chat about her knack for these types of roles, her handsome leading men, her love/nude scenes, and her thoughts on taking time off from acting when needed. See what Knightley had to say during our engaging chat.