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Saturday 31 January 2015

Knightley: Finding fame not easy

Keira Knightley admits finding fame so young was tough
Keira Knightley admits finding fame so young was tough

Keira Knightley has admitted she struggled with fame as a teenager, but is proud to have kept her cool.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star began acting as a child, before entering the spotlight in popular British film Bend It Like Beckham as a teenager. But unlike so many child stars she has not gone off the rails.

Keira said: "Being a very introverted 18-year-old girl meant it was a very different experience. It wasn't like having years of going, 'Why isn't anybody taking notice, why don't they realise?' It was more a sort of, 'Oh f***, that's just happened, and how do I deal with that? I can't go outside any more!'."

She added: "Luckily, it was so long ago, I don't remember. But I'm still alive, I'm still here and I'm not a drug addict, so I must have been all right!"

In her new film Begin Again she plays a singer-songwriter who is struggling to get her big break. Maroon 5 star Adam Levine makes his acting debut as her obnoxious ex, and Keira felt the rocker was perfect for the role.

She said: "We all felt it was really important for the role of Dave to be played by somebody who was actually a musician, because they have this confidence that you absolutely can't fake. Actors have been through way too much rejection to pull that one off."

Begin Again is in cinemas now.

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