Keira Knightley is the cover girl for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, which hits newsstands on Thursday, August 2. In her interview with the mag the 27-year-old, whose latest movie ‘Anna Karenina’ comes out in November, chats about friends, enjoying life and work.
Check out some highlights below:
On her ‘Anna Karenina’ co-star Jude Law’s unfortunate hair and makeup experience: “No wonder he kept that hat on… [the make-up and wig] were the worst. Poor f**ker. I’d get to the end of the day, take my make-up and wig off, and I’d look s**t. He’d take the make-up and wig off and look f**king brilliant. And everyone would say, ‘Oh yeah! Good-looking man underneath!’”
On the pleasure of working with co-star Aaron Johnson: “He is very confident. But he’s also got whatever it is, and I’m never sure quite what it is that makes an actor good, but he’s got it. It’s real. It’s a really interesting thing. If you asked him about his preparation or anything like that, I’m not quite sure what the answer would be – he’s a total wing-it, but he absolutely pulls it off. You sort of stand there and go, ‘Wow, I don’t know how you’ve done it, but you’ve really, really done it.’ It was amazing to watch.”
On the importance of her girl friends: “Women get a really bad rep but they’re f**king excellent. I keep on having moments with groups of girls where I just think, girls are excellent, like really excellent. There is nothing like a friendship group of women, and for girly nights or whatever. It’s the best f**king thing in the world. As much as we can be b**chy and gossipy and all the rest of it, I think equally if there’s something actually really wrong, we talk about it and we actually air it. And if it’s an argument, then it’s an argument, but we actually have it out, as opposed to that festering thing where suddenly you never speak to somebody ever again.”
On enjoying life after 25 more than her early years: “I hated late teens, I hated early twenties, all of that, I think a lot of people do. Possibly I think I’m one of those people that always would have done and it didn’t really matter where I was in life. But I was totally uncomfortable in everything. And all of a sudden 25 hit, and I was like, ‘Ah, I think I’m all right.’ And actually after 25 it’s been pretty good. I definitely feel like I’ve been around the block a couple of times, and that’s great.”
Photo Credit: Ellen Von Unwerth/Harper’s Bazaar UK