Keira Knightley has a new interview with Flare Magazine, and she talks about how she used to be obsessed with Kurt Cobain, her new film ‘Anna Karenina’, and growing up with the massive fame that the Pirates of the Caribbean series brought to her.
When talking about her childhood, she says, "When I was about 9 or 10 I dressed like Kurt Cobain. My older brother and his friends were obsessed with him. I had this amazing cardigan, it was from Gap. It was really faded but was striped and was so Cobain, and my mom bought it for me because I was like, I am Kurt Cobain, I need to be in it. I wore it every day and cried when it died a death and that’s the only piece of clothing I’ve ever gone—weirdly, even though I was trying to be Kurt Cobain—this feels entirely like me.”
She also talks about her new film ‘Anna Karenina’, saying, "Tom Stoppard [who wrote the screenplay] said at the beginning [that] this is a thesis on love, and I said 'Ummm. Er. Okay.' 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."
She adds that despite her acceptance of it now, growing up in the public eye was very difficult with the amount of paparazzi attention that the ‘Pirates’ franchise brought her, saying, "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."