Why does Keira Knightley prefer American over her home country? For one, she feels that she actually reins in more support as an actress in the states than in the UK. In fact, she’s often criticized for her work by those at “home” and sometimes, she just can’t take it. Read on for what she has to say about her British audiences in comparison to her American ones.
“The Americans are generally a lot more supportive,” Keira Knightley told GQ. They generally like the work a lot more than they do here. It is what it is, I suppose. It could just be that I’m not to a lot of people’s tastes. Which is fine.”
She continued, “Well it’s not, obviously. You want to be to everyone’s taste… But I think it’s better to do your own thing rather than try to please everyone and just be this mushy thing in the middle.”
However, such an aspiration to stray away from the norm isn’t without its criticism. Knightley spoke of the opinions from the UK that pained her:
Sometimes it’s like water off a duck’s back, and sometimes it really hurts…and then you go away and cry for an hour or so, and then you pick yourself up again.
On a lighter note, she also discussed her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
“The second two took two years, but in my memory, they’ve just been mushed into a big, hot, wet thing…When we started shooting the third one, there was no script. You’d literally be given a scrap of paper and told, ‘Say that’. You’d go, ‘OK, but where am I? What does this mean?’ And they’d go ‘Don’t worry about it, just say it.’”
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