Keira Knightley: All of My Movie Characters Have Died or Been In "Horrific" Situations

Entertainment Mar. 30, 2014 AT 12:45PM
Keira Knightley at the "Can A Song Save Your Life?" premiere Keira Knightley says she's been tackling more "positive" movie roles, after she realized that her characters in the past have "either died" or were subjected to horrific situations. Credit: George Pimentel/WireImage.com

Keira Knightley's upcoming movies will be slightly more positive in outcome. The Oscar-nominated Brit shared recently with DuJour magazine how she had an epiphany about the roles she was tackling.

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"After Anna Karenina, I suddenly realized that for the past five years, in all of my films, I either died or was subjected to situations that were each more horrific than the last," she told the mag. Indeed, Knightley has starred in a slew of notably grim films since 2009, including 2012's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and 2010's Last Night, in which she plays an unhappy married woman who encounters an old flame.

"So I wanted more positive vibrations!" Keira told the luxury mag. "And nothing could correspond better than this New York fairy tale of a young woman who tries to finally have the life that she always wanted." That movie is Begin Again, costarring Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, and Hailee Steinfeld, and is slated to close the Tribeca Film Festival. Knightley will also appear this summer on a fun flick titled Laggies, which costars Chloe Moretz.

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The actress added that despite years of industry experience, she still gets jittery while prepping for a role. "I'm still just as stressed out when I start a film shoot and I'm not happy with everything that I do," she confessed. "But with time and each new film, I continue to learn, unlearn and learn again. And therefore to build who I am."

There is one way Knightley unwinds, however -- Via her utmost love for good food. "I dream of discovering Noma," she said of the world-renowned restaurant in Copenhagen. "Friends of mine had the chance to go recently and they said it was one of the greatest culinary experiences of their lives, just incredibly decadent. I can't wait to find out for myself!"

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The face of Chanel also gushed about Le Chateaubriand, her favorite eatery in Paris. "I highly recommend their second service, because they don’t take reservations. So you find yourself in line with people from all over the world who've come on a sort of pilgrimage. The dishes there are wonderful. And the restaurant isn't intimidating at all. It feels like you're in a small Parisian bistro. You get the impression that everyone is there out of pure love for food," she professed.

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