The actress opened up about the struggles of being a teenaged movie star.
Turns out even Keira Knightley gets zits!
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Knightley opened up about a dark blue cap she wore during a climatic scene in 2003’s classic holiday film Love Actually. It was more than a fashionable statement piece — it was there to cover up a pimple on her forehead!
“I had a massive spot in the middle of my forehead,” the actress, who was only 18 when she starred in Love Actually, revealed. “This is the problem with being 17 and being in films!”
“It was humongous, so there was no choice but to find a hat to cover it — because there was no lighting or makeup that was going to cover it.”
“It’s funny how you just remember extreme embarrassment,” Knightley recalled. “I remember coming in in the morning, being like, ‘Oh wow, I’ve got another head on my head. What are we going to do?’ There’s nothing we can do about this. But there is, because you can always put a hat over it!”
“I was actually very grateful for that hat,” the Nutcracker and the Four Realms actress added. “I have a lifetime of gratitude for that hat.”
Earlier in the interview, Knightley talked about the enduring legacy of Love Actually.
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“When it came out, it didn’t do as well as everybody thought it was gonna do,” Knightley said. “So what’s extraordinary about it is that it — maybe about 5 years after it came out — really started to build up… In America, it’s actually bigger than it is [in England]! They’re really obsessed.”
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is now playing in theaters.