Harper’s Bazaar UK – 11 juin 2021

Life Lessons: Keira Knightley on confidence, criticism and love

“You just have to have the confidence to go, ‘This is me and you’re not all going to like it’. And that’s fine”

Jun 11, 2021

“You do get more confident as you get older,” Keira Knightley tells us. “I don’t know why that is. I guess you’ve experienced more? You’ve gone through the highs and lows already. You just have a better sense of yourself.”

We’re sat amidst the glorious surroundings of Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk, where Knightley – clad elegantly in Chanel and Chanel Beauty – has just been photographed for our July issue cover shoot.

“You also understand that you’re never going to please everybody and that that’s impossible,” she continues thoughtfully. “So I think you just have to have the confidence to go, ‘This is me and you’re not all going to like it’. And that’s fine.”

The actress says that being out of the spotlight during the pandemic has given her some much-needed time to reevaluate her priorities. Now 36, and with two children, she enjoyed the extended time at home with her family – but is equally keen to get back to work. Her latest role is as the face of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance, and the launch of the limited-edition Collection Eté. She’s been an ambassador for the French fashion house since 2007, when she was starring in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.

“I did always know that I wanted to work in acting,” she explains, when discussing what she’s learnt throughout her career. “I think you need to have a very thick skin. So I think if you don’t have one, then you need to go about trying to get one quite quickly.”

So, given how undeniably successful her career has been, what does success mean to her?

“Success is a funny one,” she says. “Because I think you can be incredibly successful and not feel incredibly successful. I think success is different for everybody. You can’t use other people as your benchmark – I think you have to find what feels right for you.”

Watch our exclusive video above in which Knightley shares what she’s learnt about love, friendship and beauty – as well as the life-changing piece of advice her mother gave her.

The July issue of Harper’s Bazaar is out now.

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