Keira Knightley: 'I am duplicitous and manipulative'

by Jennifer Barton
Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
Rex Features

Anna Karenina star Keira Knightley opens up about her foibles and the similarities she shares with her latest lead character in an interview with Canadian glossy Flare.

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The cover star looks edgy as she poses with smouldering smoky eye make-up and a blunt bob hair style on the cover of the Canadian fashion magazine, as she reveals that she and her latest cinematic alter-ego, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, have more than striking looks in common.

'There are aspects of her that I don't like. Then you go: "Am I any better?," she said in an interview with Flare.

'I am duplicitous and manipulative and all those things. Hopefully that doesn't define me but they are parts of my personality.'

The star also explained that the film is a 'thesis on love,' according to Tom Stoppard, who wrote the screenplay, and while she was initially dubious to look at the story of Anna's volatile relationship with Vronsky that way, she now agrees.

'And I think he’s quite right. Not just the sparkly bit that we’re sold, the fun, the hopefully great sex, but it’s also looking at the loneliness, the pain, the jealous madness that is all a part of that.'

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Keira also revealed that she is exceptionally 'stubborn,' especially when it comes to photographers trying to snap her looking anything less than angelic on a night out.

'When I was very young, I was hounded by these hideous men. What they wanted was the picture of me falling out of the club.

'They weren’t going to get that out of me. No, I chose very, very deliberately not to, because I couldn’t bear the idea of giving in to them. It takes a stubbornness.'

The engaged actress - her beau is Klaxons rocker James Righton - is currently shooting her latest film, Jack Ryan, in London. Earlier this month she bid adieu to Anna Karenina when one of the character's stunning period costumes was donated to the V&A.

WATCH our interview with Keira Knightley below.



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