Keira Knightley opened up about the ‘many years of therapy’ that she went through following on from her role in Pirates of the Caribbean in a resurfaced interview.
Alongside Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, Knightley was one of the standout stars of the films. Aside from this breakoutrole, you may also recognise her from The Imitation Game, Colette, Official Secrets, Silent Night, and many, many more.
Thanks to her extensive resume, Knightley has the impression of having been around in Hollywood for decades, and pretty much looks the same as she did when she started out!
But given that she’s only thirty-eight years old now, people have been doing the maths about exactly how old she was when she was in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. And they’re not happy about the answer.
Knightley first rose to fame in Bend It Like Beckham. But you might know her best for the Christmas classic Love, Actually.
In fact, people have pointed out before that there’s a disturbingly small age gap between Knightley, who plays a newly-wed woman caught in a heartbreaking love triangle, and Liam Neeson’s movie son, played by Thomas Brodie Sangster. In spite of the fact Sangster is playing a schoolboy and Knightley a married woman, the pair are actually only 5 years apart. Yuck!
But alongside this slightly creepy fact, Knightley age during filming of Pirates of the Caribbean has also got the internet feeling a little uncomfortable. In spite of acting alongside twenty-five-year-old Bloom and thirty-nine-year-old Depp, Knightley was actually still a teenager at the time!
Knightley was born on 26 March, 1985, and The Curse of the Black Pearl was released in July 2003. This means Knightley was just seventeen years old during filming!
Given that Bloom plays her love interest in the movie, this is pretty gross stuff…
And it evidently had an impact on the star, as she has since revealed she went through ‘many years of therapy’ after rising to fame in the role.
She told Variety back in 2016: “I found it pretty horrific. I’m not an extrovert, so I found that level of scrutiny and that level of fame really hard.
“It was an age where you are becoming, you haven’t become, and you need to make mistakes. It’s a very precarious age, particularly for women.
“You’re in some ways still a child. It was traumatic, but it set up the rest of my career.”
She even revealed that she hopes her own daughter doesn’t suffer the same fate, and hence chooses a career path away from the spotlight.
“I hope she’s going to be an environmental lawyer or something spectacular, but I’m going to be the kind of parent where whatever interest she has, I’m going to be supportive,” she said.