You may think Keira Knightley has just about everything: She’s beautiful, she’s talented, she’s got a great sense of style and her Hollywood star is rising. However, Miss Knightley is not as content as you might have thought.
Throughout the years, Knightley has faced criticism about her looks, about being too thin and about her acting talent (or lack thereof), and these negative comments left a lasting effect on the The Imitation Game actress — so lasting that she has admitted to becoming neurotic.
“Have I not got parts because of the way I look? Yes. I have got parts because of the way I look? Yes. What can you do about it? I look the way I look, I am not willing to cut my face up,” she revealed to the Mirror.
“Everything up to 25 I was pretty neurotic and taking everything far too seriously. I found it difficult to step back from it and I was taking it very personally. Partly because as an actor you don’t want necessarily that thicker skin, and I couldn’t figure how to be open emotionally and yet get a thick enough skin so that things didn’t hurt.”
However, over the years, the Pirates of the Caribbean actress has learned to control her feelings and one way she does that is to avoid Google.
“I don’t know if it was a chemical thing, a certain kind of realisation that it really didn’t matter — and a sudden realisation of what you have control of and you don’t,” she said. “You suddenly have a moment where you go, actually I can’t do anything about that.”
“I don’t Google myself — that was the problem before 25,” she added. “Not that I did it all the time, but I certainly saw enough to say, ‘Oh you shouldn’t look’. I mean, you don’t need to look, it is not helpful.”
“You have to be quite vigilant about it. Again I think this is probably the same if you are on social media and if you do put anything out in the public, you are opening yourself up now to a lot of criticism and a lot of people telling you they hate you.”