I see a pair of shoes I adore, and it doesn't matter if they have them in my size. I buy them anyway.— Keira Knightley
The most empowering Keira Knightley quotes that will activate your inner potential
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?
I think that there's absolutely no point trying to force your body to be anything than what it is. I think that when you see people who are really pushing themselves to terrifying lengths to achieve what is perceived as being beautiful today, then that's just terrifying, it's really terrifying.
The celebrity thing's completely crazy.
I think I just have to move away or give it up altogether. I couldn't have kids in the situation I'm in now. But I could just do something else. That's probably what's going to happen. I made a decision very recently that I want a life instead.
I'm doing a film now with a lot of guys as well, so at the end of that I will be growing a beard.
It's a difficult thing when you try and make a film of a book that you really love. You have about two hours to tell the story, and it's never going to be enough.
I don't want to deny my femininity. But would I want to be a stay-at-home mother? No. On the other hand, you should be allowed to do that, as should men, without being sneered at.
I think women's bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame.
Our society is so photographic now, it becomes more difficult to see all of those different varieties of shape.
I tried college for three months but I was desperately unhappy.
I just wanted to perform. I was getting straight As but I had no friends and cried every day.
I've had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it's paparazzi photographers or for film posters.
When I was about 5 I think, I desperately wanted to be a pirate and have the hat and everything.
It's not everyday you get to do a pirate movie, you might as well go for it.
[The press] said to me yesterday 'How does it feel to be called anorexic?' and I had no idea that I was. I'm not saying there aren't people in the film industry that suffer from it, because I am sure that there are. But I'm quite sure I don't have it.
You live with a writer [a mother], and you grow up with their words, their kind of fantasies, and I'd pretty much seen every single one of her plays, and been in a lot of rehearsal rooms, so it felt very natural and easy. It was lovely to get an opportunity to do that professionally as well.
It's all about perfection, isn't it?
I think every girl is looking for her Mr. Darcy.
I see the world through my eyes. It's sometimes a strange world.
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.
And we're fortunate if we have parents who are great and loving and inspiring.
But, unfortunately, there are people who don't have that.
I'm ... incredibly open with my mates. Or even people I just meet.
Half of my mum's family is Welsh. I remember when I was a kid she used to read to me, and witches and wizards in books always had a Welsh accent, so I guess I took it from that really.
I think sometimes it's sort of easier to be playing a role based on a real person because there's quite often a lot more information, you're not making it up, it's there in books, it's there in research form. But really the questions you ask about the character, and why people behave, and where they come, and how they've ended up in the places they've ended up are the same.
Well, the thing about great fictional characters from literature, and the reason that they're constantly turned into characters in movies, is that they completely speak to what makes people human.
You watch him playing Jack Sparrow, and he's loving it, and he's loving being in that world. He's still excited by it. Sometimes, he'll even say, 'Was that OK?' And I'm thinking, 'You're Johnny Depp man, you know that's OK!' But he doesn't. He's still going to [director] Gore [Verbinski] and asking for help. It's a privilege to see the human side of Johnny. It's really exciting.
Be happy in your body. It's the only one you've got, so you might as well like it.
I think quite often when you have a hell of a lot more money and time, as you very much do on a big studio film, you don't necessarily have to make the decisions right there. You can always goback and reshoot it.
In film as a medium, you're often given a baddie and a goodie and told what to think about them; it's usually a very definite point of view.
In L.A., I'm twice the size - height and everything else - of most of the other actresses who are going for an audition.
It's a tricky one when you're playing somebody who is mad.
There's often the big actor's question, if you're playing a part like that: do you take it to be an internalized thing, pull the audience in, or do you go full-out, and kind of present it as quite a shocking thing?
It's good to know that other people think differently, and that's what makes the characters interesting.
I don’t know what happened through the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s that took feminism off the table, that made it something that women weren’t supposed to identify with and were supposed to be ashamed of. Feminism is about the fight for equality between the sexes, with equal respect, equal pay, and equal opportunity. At the moment we are still a long way off that.
It's very rare to get a film script that has good dialogue.
A lot of the time, you spend on film sets really fighting to find out how to say the words.
Some people say Dylan Thomas mischievous, he's a child, and other people say he's quite demonic. I don't think we should dictate about him, if that's your view of him, that's wonderful, but it's great to know that other people think differently.
My mum says that I was born 45, and I do remember at six thinking that I should be earning my own living.
My doctor was like, 'Any questions?' And I was like, 'Yes! When can I drink please?!' I just want a margarita.
I think it doesn't matter where you're from, we all need a bit of romance.
I'm a tomboy beanpole? I can't use a computer, so maybe I'm a bit out of the loop. I don't know whether to be flattered or not flattered. The beanpole bit, is that good? Can you be a sexy beanpole?
You have to learn the rules to be able to know how to break them.
I wish I was Sienna Miller. When I talk to her, I hope a bit of her party personality will rub off on me, but it never does.
I would be extremely stupid if I said that my looks had absolutely nothing to do with what I do, it [moviemaking] is a visual medium. I'm perfectly aware of that, the face and the body help. Of course they do.
I worked with John Maybury on The Jacket and I think he's an extraordinary film-maker. I read the first drafts of this piece when I was working on The Jacket, and we'd so fallen in love with him that we thought he was the only person that should direct this! We wrote poems for him, we sent him champagne and cakes. Four years later he finally read it.
If I don't do this film. I'll be acting in corsets for the next 20 years.
It's an interesting thing when you discover something about yourself.
To go: 'Wow, I'm not the person I thought I was. I'm in the middle of something and I can't actually deal with it.'
You bring yourself to every role, it doesn't matter who it is, it doesn't matter if it's a mass murderer, you can bring something to it.
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!"
A lot of times in cinema today the women are overly sentimental, so I constantly try to do the opposite. I like strident women.
Prince William definitely isn't my type, he's too horsey-looking.
The highest percentage of England's top jobs are filled by graduates from about two different universities.
I love costume dramas, I love performing in them, because in a funny kind of way, you feel more free. You know about the period, you can read the books, you can see the paintings, but you've never actually going to know what it was like. You can kind of stretch those boundaries a bit.
I like watching films when I don't know anything about the people.