This year’s much-anticipated Tolstoy adaptation of Anna Karenina recently premiered in London, and Keira Knightley looked ah-mazing! The dress, the au natural look, the Jude Law on her arm– me likey! Benedict Cumberpatch, Aaron Johnson, and other cast members were also on the scene, but Keira (and her dress) really stole the show. Although, I did enjoy that quasi-rugged-woodsman-in-a-suit look that Jude took on… it was pretty hot, lol. Peep the gallery for more and check out excerpts from a recent interview Keira did with Vogue, inside. The actress talks about love, lust, and playing another literary great in Anna Karenina.
Keira Knightley for Vogue:
Knightley currently stars in Anna Karenina – Joe Wright’s film version of the 19th Century Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy. Although the star has tackled many famous literary roles – from Pride & Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennett to Atonement’s Cecilia Talis, she found Anna the most challenging.
“She’s a really hard one,” she told us. “All the characters that I’ve played have, on the whole, been quite likeable. Everyone wants to be like Elizabeth Bennett and even with Cecilia Talis, she was quite cold – but that was only because she was so pent-up. Anna is a little more intense, she’s needy and manipulative. It makes you really dislike her sometimes, but then you look at her and think: ‘Fuck, have I ever behaved like that?’ And, most of us have, let’s face it. She’s so consumed by lust, she doesn’t see what’s in front of her. I mean, most of us have been there haven’t we? She’s a bit like Cathy from Wuthering Heights – both characters aren’t girls you’d particularly want to go for a drink with, but you can sort of understand why they’re acting the way they are. As an actor, it’s my job to try and work out why people do the things they do.”
As a woman happily in love, how accurately does she think the film reflects romance and relationships?
“We all want that perfect, blissful, comfortable, stable part, but we that’s not all there is to being in a relationship,” she said. “There’s the jealousy and all the mad neuroses that come with it – we’re sold a fantasy of what it is to be in love, but it’s not that simple. That’s what Anna finds out. We just have to hope that we don’t go mad like her and end up under a train.”
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