Keira Knightley Fames Toll on Mental Health Amanpour and Company


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you said that a lot of the modern films that you offered a lot of scripts were just too violent for you well um I think that it was that I didn't feel that the female character was well-rounded enough to warrant the violence perhaps against her and I think that violence is interesting it's part of our society I think art should absolutely deal with it and deal with its causes and deal with its roots but I want it to be done in quite a serious way I don't just want to be the pretty woman that has a horrific act done to her cuz that that that isn't interesting for me so I think like in the pit in the modern day pieces that I was offered very often that would it would be within that realm and that's not something that I feel comfortable doing again that's just me that was what I was offered obviously other people are being offered different things you know it's always like that or the supportive wife and I thought you know I'm quite supportive at home I don't need to play that at work as well remarried you've got a kid we'll talk about your kid in a second go back to Bend It Like Beckham which was just a fabulous role and a great film what happened to you afterwards because you you've written about having had a breakdown by the time you were 22 I think you film this when you were 16 the pressure of everybody after you the pretty girl the paparazzi yeah I mean I think you know I think Fame is a very strange thing at any age but I think at that age I want to say particularly for a young woman but but not particularly maybe for boys as well you're still becoming you know you're not who you are going to be and I think when you're suddenly famous at the age when you're still trying to figure things out that can be very complex when you're suddenly in this limelight where things are so extreme you know people love you or they hate you and they think you're terrible and you'll always be terrible you're amazing and you're always gonna be and being buffeted by those storms at that age I found very very very difficult also it was a time of extreme paparazzi so there was never a day when I wasn't being followed by 20 guys you know which was a kind of 24/7 stalking really and okay they were being paid for it but actually you know if I've been I've had various stalking situations and I've had various paparazzi situations and it feels the same regardless of you know what the intention is behind it and you know so yeah by the time I got to 22 I think the pressure of all of those things and was just it just got too much and you sort of took time off I think yeah went traveling for about a year I'm super lucky I mean I you know I had the money to be able to get help which is huge and I also had a career where I could step away and I could step back too and I'd already earn enough money that I didn't have to work for that yeah I didn't know it was just going to be maybe it would have been longer but it happened to be just over a year I think so I was very lucky from that standpoint but also very lucky my family is amazing I have a completely solid thing behind me which makes a huge difference when something like that happens you know and I think particularly in England at the moment we've obviously got a mental health crisis and the funding is is so low on all of those things [Music] you