EXCLUSIVE: Keira Knightley speaks to Marie Claire about the trauma of dealing with the paparazzi
Keira Kightley may paint a perfect picture in every photo, but being hounded by the paparazzi with flashbulbs thrust at your face is anything but perfect for the A-lister. In the May issue of Marie Claire the actress reveals the trauma of her very first experience with photographers.
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‘The first time it happened, I was in tears,’ Keira Knightley says of being stalked by cameras. ‘It started after the premiere of King Arthur – ten people were outside my house.’
Almost a decade on and countless blockbusters later Keira has grown to accept the reality of being a star means you’re subjected to your photograph being taken – whether you’re inviting it or not.
She adds: ‘The machine that allows you to make movies, the trade-off [requires] you to sell it. Selling it means making yourself a public figure. You can’t cultivate the mystery. My problem is I like mystery.’
And as she battles with keeping her personal life out of the press as much as possible, there’s one fight she’s determined to win against the paparazzi.
‘They’re not going to get a shot of me falling out of my knickers as I’m coming out of a club,’ she adds.
You go Keira!
Read the FULL interview with Keira Knightley in Marie Claire’s May issue, out tomorrow.