In the forthcoming March Issue of ELLE magazine, Keira Knightley speaks exclusively in her interview ‘Keira4Tom’ about the power of fashion and her own personal style as well as her excitement at being selected to model Tom Ford’s first womenswear collection for six years.
Pictures: TERRY TSIOLIS / courtesy of ELLE magazine
While talking about Ford (with whom she famously posed naked, alongside Scarlett Johansson, for a Vanity Fair cover in 2006) – she sounds awed by his commitment to style: ‘I admire people who really live by that image.’ What appeals to her are the stories. ‘I went to the Chanel show and I really enjoyed the theatre of it – this eight-mile-long catwalk, this huge orchestra and it was amazing. It was actually quite moving, and you think “Wow, this is strange. How? Why?” But I think when you see a show like that you see the thought process behind it. And I – I’ve only been to two shows [the other was Chanel couture] – but I really enjoy that.’
She says of her Chanel campaign whom she has modeled for since 2006, ‘There’s something about the story of the woman, the survivor nature of her. And that personality has continued within the whole house. It’s a very small group of people who do this enormous, huge, worldwide thing. I just thought, “Ooh, I’d quite like to look into your world.” You walk into the ateliers and it’s nearly like stepping back in time, even though it’s so modern and so current. The skill and the thought that goes into everything. I find it really interesting.’
On managing her work schedule Keira says ‘I was literally going from job to job to job to job and any time off in between was promoting a job, or preparing for the next job. And it was exactly what I thought I wanted at the time and then I realised that I’d sort of hit a brick wall. I knew I wasn’t taking anything in.’ Her workload was less to do with ambition and more to do with a kind of self-consciousness. ‘There’s this strange thing where I feel incredibly privileged and I think I have an incredible amount of guilt about that. And so I thought I had to work all the time.’ Keira’s new film NEVER LET ME GO will be in cinemas on the 11th of February. The film is an adaptation of the book by Kazuo Ishiguro about children who, as they grow up, have to come to terms with the love they feel for each other ‘while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them’ . This touching drama/romance movie about superstitions and young love has twists you would never expect.
She tells ELLE why she decided to return to the stage: ‘because I really noticed [in The Misanthrope] what I couldn’t do and what I failed at. I’m just not interested in standing still. You go, “OK, that was great and that bit was great – that’s, um, great.” But if I’m not getting better, not learning, not changing, then what’s the point of it? It must be boring for people to watch it if it’s always the same.’
Thank you to ELLE for an amazing interview with Keira, I’m sure you all will be buying the issue to read on!
The full shoot and interview appears in the March issue of ELLE, out February 2nd.
To watch what happened behind the scenes at the shoot view the film at elle.tv