Keira Knightley is married with a daughter she adores and a successful career. The rest, including what others say, matters very little to him. “It’s the good thing about getting older, that suddenly you understand what is worthwhile, what is really important, and you realize that the rest is noise,” the actress confesses to EL PAÍS. His declaration of principles arrives at the age of 33, at a time when his mouth fills up talking about his daughter Edie, three, the result of his relationship with James Righton, a member of the rock group Klaxons.
Knightley has two upcoming premieres on the horizon, Colette, biography of controversial author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, and The nutcrackers and the four kingdoms. Two-time Oscar nominee, with Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Deciphering Enigma (2014), affirms that he gives everything in his work. “As long as my family is well, the rest happens. I have learned that this is a great quality ”, he assures.
She was born in Teddington (United Kingdom) and began her career as a child, which is why she appreciates this new pasotism so much that it has taken her so much to learn. He remembers his beginnings as more complicated than his rise to fame might have seemed, which came with that independent work baptized I want to be like Beckham (2002). A short time later he was at the center of the multimillion-dollar Pirates of the Caribbean saga.
Fame brought her a period of deep personal crisis to assimilate the siege of the paparazzi and public attention because, as she explains herself, “when you are 20 you just want to conform, be normal, whatever that is.” “It takes a while to accept that I can only be who I am,” he continues, “and that if you ask me something, I’ll give you my opinion and it’s not necessarily what you want to hear.”
Knightley has found her voice and is unwilling to silence it. She feels in a world guided by a double standard in which “women are taught to cross their arms, their legs” while men “occupy all the space they can”. Criticism rains her, but she is not willing to shut up. That is not what she wants for herself or her daughter. “They keep telling us that women’s stories don’t sell and when a man writes a good role for a woman he is branded a genius. Of course, if it is written by a woman, it is simply an autobiographical work. Our stories are worth, they are necessary and what we need is a good representation. There is still much to change ”, he affirms as a summary of a process that, in his opinion, will take years,“ perhaps centuries ”, to reach equality.
Hence, the actress advocates small modifications that lead to big changes. Starting, for example, with the movies that he lets his daughter see. In a conversation with Ellen DeGeneres, Knightley confessed that titles such as Cinderella O The little Mermaid. She confesses that with the latter she has a problem because she liked it a lot when she was little, “but you can’t give your voice for a man,” she said on television.
In person, she laughs at the possible conflict of interest with the family film she is promoting and where she plays the fairy queen of the sweet kingdom, a role that sounds more like glitter than a feminist leader. “I wanted to play something really silly, nothing serious, something ridiculously funny, and I hit the mark,” he explains. She also sees no conflict between her current status as mother and wife and her feminism. “They are choices that I have made. Not roles that I assume. I am a mother and I am a wife. And there will be ups and downs in my life, but deep down I know that I will always be a mother, ”she confesses.
You want to teach your daughter the same self-confidence that she has learned. She knows that Edie will most likely live in a man’s world as well. Meanwhile, Knightley will try to change stereotypes not only with his words or with his activism, but with his filmography. Nor in I want to be like Beckham, nor in Pirates of the Caribbean or now in Colette, the heroine does not expect to be rescued by a man, but has the strength of her own to face her fears. However, the actress categorically affirms: “Nor am I interested in being anything other than what I am. Being male and white would be too easy. They have the world at their feet and I like to fight ”.