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Keira Knightley’s eyes are welling up with big fat tears. The English rose actress blinks them away, fiercely, shaking her head, exasperated by herself. “I didn’t cry when I was there,” she says. “What bloody right would I have to cry when the people I met, who were living in as near to hell as I can imagine, weren’t crying?”
The “there” Knightley refers to is a refugee camp in South Sudan, where she was taken by Oxfam to see for herself the crisis taking place in the world’s youngest country, which marks its third anniversary of independence on Wednesday. The people she met were civilian victims of a civil war that has left five million people grief‑stricken, dispossessed and in urgent need of aid.
Hundreds of thousands are living in tents and beneath plastic sheeting, battling with disease, hunger and squalor. Malnutrition rates among little children are rising and, unless the world takes heed of their plight, the spectre of out-and-out famine looms large.
“I’d never been to a refugee camp before, but I’d seen images. I read newspapers, so I know what goes on in the world, don’t I?” says Knightley, 29, rhetorically. “But I’d never been in a post‑conflict zone, I’d never experienced the incredible, palpable atmosphere of terror or smelled the breathtaking stench of sewage from tens of thousands of people crammed together, with nowhere to go and nothing to do but wait.”
On her visit, Knightley spoke to Rebecca Karkwasni, a 25-year-old mother of five, whose husband had been killed in a raid at a previous camp. “To the horrendous question ‘What do you miss about your husband?’, she said. ‘I miss the way he holds me. I miss the way he makes my children laugh. I miss the way he makes me laugh. If I think about it too much my heart will break’,” says Knightley, eyes swimming over again.
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Keira Knightley won’t return to Pirates of the Caribbean.
The 29-year-old actress played the role of Elizabeth Swann in the first three films in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End, but she’s confirmed she has no interest in returning in any future instalments.
Quizzed about the series Knightley told BBC Radio 2′s Steve Wright in the Afternoon: “I have no idea, I don’t know what they’re doing.
“My time has definitely passed, I loved it, it was an amazing experience but I won’t be going back.”
Since her and her on-screen love interest Orlando Bloom’s departure in 2007, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Kevin McNally have returned for 2011′s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – which also starred Penelope Cruz.
They are all in the process of making the fifth instalment Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Knightley thinks the franchise could continue forever.
She added: “I don’t know what they’re doing, there are so many piratical tales they could tell, it’s a fun franchise, it was a lot of fun.”
It’s hard to think of someone as glamorous as Keira Knightley being the bookish girl in the corner, but that’s exactly what the actress told us her school days were like.
Not only that, but she’s not much of a music fan either – ironic considering she’s married to James Righton from Klaxons and because she’s starring in new musical romcom ‘Begin Again’.
Nevertheless, it seems the star preferred reading plays to listening to Take That during her teenage years, leading her to brand herself a “fake” for playing a musician in the movie.
Co-star James Corden on the other hand spent some of his teenagehood trying to get work, which means auditioning.
He told us about his worst, a quite ridiculous one for a Danish yoghurt advert. Suffice to say it involves pretending to be serious and cold.
‘Begin Again’ is released this Friday 11 July.
Icon Film Distribution will release the Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell movie ‘Say When’ on October 10th.
Known as Laggies in the US, the film is directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister, Hump Day, Touchy Feely) and received its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Megan (Knightley) is 28 going on 14. Whilst her oldest friends are settling down and starting families, Megan prefers to be the bridesmaid to the bride, the godmother to the actual mother.When her boyfriend Anthony proposes to her, Megan runs away from grown up life for a while and hides out with her new friend, high school student, Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz).
There follows a week of reliving the ups and downs of teenage life, though sometimes it’s hard to tell who the teenager is.However, Megan finds that she must finally grow up and take responsibility when she becomes attracted to Annika’s dad, Craig (Rockwell).
A24 has unveiled the first trailer for Lynn Shelton’s comedy “Laggies,” three months before the Oct. 24 opening.
Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber, Ellie Kemper and Jeff Garlin star in “Laggies,” which premiered at Sundance.
Knightley stars as a confused 28-year-old who is thrown by a marriage proposal and hides out in the home of her 16-year-old friend (Moretz) and her father, played by Rockwell.
“I don’t know what to do with my future,” she laments at one point.
The movie’s tagline — “Stop lagging and start living.”
The actress on bleeding fingers, working with her mom and how she discourages male attention.
In Begin Again you play a singer-songwriter. Can you sing?
It is my actual voice, but I’m not a singer. I learned how to play the songs on guitar for this film. I wasn’t very good. I could never sing and play at the same time. I was so happy to put the guitar down and never pick it up again. The fingers, they actually bleed.
Do you remember having a transfixing moment with a particular song?
To tell you the truth, I don’t really listen to music. I know nothing about it at all. I’m married to a musician [James Righton from the band Klaxons].
This appears in the July 28, 2014 issue of TIME.
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I’ve added HQ images of Keira promoting ‘Begin Again’ earlier this month. She was at the Regent Street Apple Store and then the Begin Again photocall in London.