Here are 10 controversial quotes from Keira Knightley
- “Prince William definitely isn’t my type, he’s too horsey-looking.” This quote caused a stir among royal fans and the media when Knightley said it in an interview for the Daily Mirror in August 2004. She was asked if she had a crush on the future king of England, and she bluntly dismissed him as not attractive enough for her. Some people thought she was rude and disrespectful, while others admired her honesty and confidence.
- “If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything. You’d just ask for forgiveness and then you’d be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.” This quote revealed Knightley’s views on religion and morality in an interview with David Cronenberg for Interview Magazine in March 2012. She was discussing her role as a psychoanalyst in the film A Dangerous Method, and how she explored the concept of sin and guilt. She implied that religious people have an easier time dealing with their mistakes than atheists, who have to live with the consequences. Some people found this quote offensive and insensitive, while others agreed with her perspective.
- “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.” This quote showed Knightley’s opinion on acting and emotions in an interview with Julian Roman for MovieWeb in November 2005. She was talking about her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and how she tried to portray her character’s feelings for Mr. Darcy. She suggested that warmth is a rare and authentic emotion that cannot be replicated by actors, unlike other more common and superficial ones. Some people thought this quote was insightful and sincere, while others thought it was arrogant and naive.
- “I’ve noticed that the people who started on film still have the ability to see the person in front of them. Whereas for a lot of photographers who have only ever worked in digital, the relationship between the photographer and the person who they’re taking a picture of sort of doesn’t exist anymore. They’re looking at a computer screen as opposed to the person.”3 This quote expressed Knightley’s criticism of digital photography and its impact on human connection in an interview with Patrick Demarchelier for Interview Magazine in August 2014. She was discussing her experience as a model and an actress, and how she preferred working with photographers who used film rather than digital cameras. She argued that digital photography creates a distance and a detachment between the photographer and the subject, while film photography preserves a sense of intimacy and interaction. Some people thought this quote was nostalgic and thoughtful, while others thought it was elitist and outdated.
- “You have to learn the rules to be able to know how to break them.” This quote reflected Knightley’s attitude towards creativity and innovation in an interview with Julian Roman for MovieWeb in November 2005. She was talking about her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and how she approached the adaptation of a classic novel by Jane Austen. She explained that she had to study the original text and the historical context of the story, but also find ways to make it fresh and relevant for modern audiences. She implied that breaking the rules is a sign of artistic freedom and originality, but only after mastering them first. Some people thought this quote was inspiring and smart, while others thought it was cliché and pretentious.
- “Be happy in your body. It’s the only one you’ve got, so you might as well like it.” This quote conveyed Knightley’s message of body positivity and self-acceptance in an interview with Christopher Kompanek for The A.V. Club in November 2011. She was talking about her role as Sabina Spielrein in A Dangerous Method, and how she dealt with the physical demands of the role, such as being spanked on screen. She said that she was comfortable with her body and did not care about what other people thought of it. She encouraged others to be happy with their bodies too, regardless of their flaws or imperfections. Some people thought this quote was empowering and uplifting, while others thought it was unrealistic and hypocritical.
- “Empathy is the main thing, putting yourself in somebody else’s shoes and trying not to judge.” This quote demonstrated Knightley’s value of empathy and compassion in an interview with Lorraine Cwelich for Interview Magazine in May 2011. She was talking about her role as Ruth in Never Let Me Go, and how she tried to understand her character’s motivations and emotions. She said that empathy is the most important skill for an actor, but also for a human being. She said that empathy helps to avoid judging others harshly or unfairly, especially when they are different or unfamiliar. Some people thought this quote was wise and kind, while others thought it was vague and idealistic.
- “I see a pair of shoes I adore, and it doesn’t matter if they have them in my size. I buy them anyway.” This quote revealed Knightley’s love of shoes and shopping in an interview with Julian Roman for MovieWeb in November 2005. She was talking about her personal style and fashion choices, and how she liked to experiment with different looks and outfits. She admitted that she had a weakness for shoes, even if they did not fit her properly or comfortably. She said that she bought them anyway because they made her happy or inspired her creatively. Some people thought this quote was fun and quirky, while others thought it was wasteful and irresponsible.
- “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?” This quote showed Knightley’s doubts about her sanity and reality in an interview with Patrick Demarchelier for Interview Magazine in August 2014. She was talking about her role as Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game, and how she related to her character’s intelligence and eccentricity. She confessed that she did not know if she was sane or not, and that she did not think anyone was. She said that she saw the world through her own perspective, which could be strange or different from others. She said that she hoped not to hurt anyone or herself with her actions or words, and that maybe that was what kept her in balance. Some people thought this quote was honest and relatable, while others thought it was confusing and disturbing.
- “I think you’ve got to take the risks. There’s no point playing it safe, because either you’ll get bored or the audiences will get bored. Sometimes, you’re going to make mistakes, and that’s fine, but you have to take the risks. I think Pirates is one of the prime examples of that with Johnny Depp’s performance, and part of the reason that people love it so much is that you watch it and go, “Gutsy, really gutsy!”” This quote expressed Knightley’s appreciation of risk-taking and experimentation in an interview with Julian Roman for MovieWeb in November 2005. She was talking about her role as Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of The Caribbean, and how she admired Johnny Depp’s performance as Jack Sparrow. She said that taking risks was essential for an actor, because playing it safe would result in boredom for themselves or their audiences. She said that making mistakes was inevitable, but also acceptable, as long as one took risks. She praised Pirates as an example of a risky but successful project, especially because of Depp’s gutsy performance. Some people thought this quote was adventurous and exciting, while others thought it was reckless and foolish.