Keira Knightley on Allure, ‘I don’t mind exposing my t-ts because they’re so small’

Is anyone else surprised by this cover from Keira Knightley? I’m surprised. Usually Keira avoids these kinds of “pants unzipped, blouse undone, lips parted” magazine covers. She looks pretty and different, so I do like it, I’m just surprised that Keira is letting herself be so exposed. Obviously, she covers the December issue of Allure to promote her starring role in Anna Karenina, which I keep forgetting about… but I do want to see. It’s costume p0rn and I do like Keira. We only have a handful of quotes from the Allure piece, but they’re funny:

Keira Knightley has told how Hollywood execs enhance her boobs for film posters. The Pirates of the Caribbean star, who poses topless for Allure’s December 2012 issue with just a small jacket to protect her modesty, normally finds it funny – except when she ended up a pair of saggy breasts.

She said: “They always pencil in my boobs. I was only angry when they were really, really droopy. For [2004 flick] ‘King Arthur,’ for a poster, they gave me these really strange droopy t*ts. ‘A…. I don’t have t*ts anyway and B… they digitally made them, and I thought, ‘Whoaaa!’ It’s my face on that poster. I thought, “Well, if you’re going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts.”’

She also told how she has a strict ‘no bottom half’ clause when it comes to getting naked on film.

She told the US fashion magazine: ‘No bottom half! I don’t mind exposing my t*ts because they’re so small – people really aren’t that interested! [But] I think it’s much easier as you get older. You can say, “No.” “Yes.” “No.”

Keira is currently promoting her new movie Anna Karenina, which is release in the UK on September 7 and the US on November 16.

[From The Mail]

I like how self-deprecating she is about her body (and everything else) these days. Just a few years ago, she wouldn’t have been this “light” and funny. She would have moodier, grumpier. Maybe it was Rupert Friend that made her grumpy?

HuffPo also had a good interview with Keira a few days ago – you can read the full piece here, and here are some highlights. I LOVE when she talks about Love, Actually.

In preparing for the film, what did you learn about Anna Karenina as a character that surprised you?
I originally read the book when I was about 19. What was extraordinary was that my memory of the character, from then, was totally different from my perception of her when I re-read it last year before we did the film. I remember her as being incredibly innocent and the victim, and I remember everybody else being hideous and it not being her fault. All of a sudden, I read it again and went, “Oh. Wow.” [Laughs] This was a very different beast and a very different character than I remembered it being. So, that was kind of quite shocking. I had anticipated playing one character and suddenly another one presented itself to me.

Anna is not an anti-hero, per se, but she certainly has a lot of dark shades to her character. Did that aspect of the role excite you?
Absolutely. I think in a lot of modern films, the female characters mainly always have to be likeable. I was really interested in walking the line between making her the heroine and the anti-heroine. I don’t think she is the anti-heroine, but there are certain points within the piece where you do hold her up and go, “I don’t like you and, morally, I have a problem with what you’re doing.” Actually, I think there are certain areas where she’s meant to be condemned, and what was interesting was trying to juggle that with also making her sympathetic and understandable, yet still trying to bring that darker element out. It was one of the great challenges, but it was what made her so exciting to play.

Hollywood is notoriously bereft of strong female characters, yet you seem to find a lot of them to play. Are you very picky with your choices?
I am very picky. And, yes, it is frustrating. But given that I’m not producing and not directing I don’t really have a right to complain. I think it is very difficult to find really interesting roles and there are very few, so I feel incredibly fortunate that this is one [I got to play]. I think, in general, the female audience is a massive one, and actually it’s one that’s rarely really tapped into. Everybody is after that very famous and rather elusive demographic of men, age 18-24. Well, actually, I’m not in that demographic and I want to see women who are complex and strange and people who I can relate to and be terrified of and want to be and all the rest of it. So, I guess, as an actor, that’s what I’m looking for: those people that interest me the most.

On hating Anna: With “Pride and Prejudice,” Elizabeth Bennet is somebody who you love and you’re meant to love. It’s sort of the same with Cecilia Tallis in “Atonement”: As much as she’s a bitch at the beginning and she’s quite icy, you don’t not love her for it. Then you get to Anna and Anna — there’s a real question mark about what you’re meant to feel about Anna. What is her function within the story? It took a lot of discussion. Some days Joe would say, “God, I hate her.” Some days, I’d say, “God, I hate her.”

On ‘Love, Actually’ becoming a Christmas classic: “It’s amazing that it turned that kind of Christmas movie, isn’t it? I don’t think anyone realized it was going to do that. It’s nice. That one and “Bend It Like Beckham” have a life beyond release. It’s an extraordinary thing when people come up and go, “Oh, you know, that’s the thing I watch every Christmas.” It’s a lovely thing. That’s why you make them.”

[Via HuffPo]

I love Love, Actually! And yes, I do watch it every Christmas. These are my Christmas season movies: Die Hard (obviously), Love, Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life (I cry every time too) and A Christmas Story. I’ve seen A Christmas Story so many times that I don’t even need to see it from beginning to end. I just need five minutes of it and I can recall, like, all of the dialogue.

Cover courtesy of Allure, additional photos by Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Marilu says:

    I have to agree with her. If 15 year old boys arent ashamed of walking shirtless on a beach she shouldnt be ashamed either.

  2. Miss Kiki says:

    Well would’ya look at that. This is the first time in a very very long time that an interview with Keira hasn’t annoyed me at all, I doubt it’ll last.

  3. Marni says:

    Keira has grown into a pretty smart young woman after being a grumpy teenager. Maybe there is hope for Kriten Stewart? Nope.

  4. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    I’ve always liked Keira & love both Love Actually AND Christmas Story.

    But I feel it is tragic she and Rupert broke up. They were the most into each other loved up couple I’ve ever seen and this over a period of years–the anti-Robsten in fact.

    This Klaxon guy is a second best rebound hope she and Rupert find each other again.

  5. littlemissnaughty says:

    I used to find her incredibly annoying to the point where I wouldn’t watch a movie if she was in it. But she went away for a bit and voilá, she grew up. I like her.
    I also love how she doesn’t sh*t on the lighter work she did in the past, like Love, Actually. She seems to realize that it’s not always about being artsy, sometimes it’s about entertaining people and making them happy for 90 minutes. And really, who can say they were in a Christmas classic? Not many.

    I do like the cover and I usually don’t see the point in these types of shoots. Nicely done.

  6. Fancyamazon says:

    I like Kiera just fine.

    As for Christmas movies at our house, we do Die Hard (of course obviously :) :) ), The Christmas Story, the Chevy Chase Lampoons Christmas movie, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Then we have others that we may or may not watch.

    I would watch the 5th Element every week if hubby would watch it that often with me. As it is we break it out a few times every year. Bruce and Mila – two of my faves of all time.

  7. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Actually I think Keira and Rupert were madly truly deeply in love but had to break up because they kept cutting each others faces with their cheekbones when they kissed.

    And talk about jaw porn…..

  8. Hannah says:

    “Usually Keira avoids these kinds of “pants unzipped, blouse undone, lips parted” magazine covers.” Really? She does them all the time. Remember the Vanity Fair cover with Scarlett Johansson and Tom Ford. Or the magazine cover where she was topless bar a pair of suspenders.

  9. Ms Kay says:

    Kaiser I don’t know why is it surprising for you the cover, as Keira posed naked for that Vanity Fair cover with Tom Ford and Scarlett Johansson was it? And for Coco Mademoiselle she is pretty sensual and flirty in the ad? Anyway…

    She is growing into a young lady, much more talkative than before but perhaps it has to do with the film promo…

  10. Mew says:

    No matter what size, it’s still private part of her body so I think it takes certain kind of courage to show it out to the whole world.. especially with people coming “she looks like a boy” comments.

  11. Beth says:

    It’s impossible for a movie to ever top “Love, Actually” for me. There are movies that are funnier, there are movies with more drama, more action, more romance, it doesn’t matter. “Love, Actually” will always and forever be my favorite movie of all time. I wrap my Christmas presents each year while watching it.

  12. Anna Karenina was such a great movie (sawit this week at a press screening.) I recommend it to everyone! <3

  13. Ellie66 says:

    I like her she isn’t a Hollywood Harpie. Love Actually is my fave Christmas movie. My 8 year old son swoons when he sees her in the Pirate movies.

  14. debbie says:

    elf is my favorite christmas movie. louis armstrong christmas tunes while decorating the tree. every year without fail. can’t wait!

  15. INeedANap says:

    It’s awesome to see Keira mature and grow into a confident young woman with a healthy perspective. True that she used to be kind of annoying and affected, but she started making films when she was 16 so that’s to be expected. She honestly seems like a great drinking partner right now. Yay Keira!

  16. Abby says:

    What a great interview. And I thought i was the only one that counts Love, Actually as one of my favorite Christmas movies. I watch it every year! Her scene with her husband’s best friend always makes me cry.

  17. Christina says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Kiara Knightley is the British Natalie Portman. Despite getting lots of plum roles, neither can act her way out of a paper bag. Both have that superior thing going on, which leads certain people to think they are far more talented and interesting than they actually are. And as the above photo so clearly shows, while they are both beautiful women, they could both strip naked and still have the sex appeal of a slice of white bread.

    • lrm says:

      while you are basically correct, i can tolerate Keira FAR more than natalie. I won’t even watch a film b/c natalie is in it-that’s how much i cannot stand her. I find her pretentiousness palpable on the screen with that strange ‘is she smiling or is she about to cut a bitch’ look…i don’t think she’s *that* beautiful, either and she walks with her feet both pointed outwards, like a duck. i’m like do some yoga or pilates natalie, or visit a chiropractor and get that sacrum unlocked, girl…
      it’s ridiculous that she does that on screen-waddle waddle waddle…

      uugh. i have tried with that one.
      whereas keira-i enjoy. loved bend it like beckham though obv not just for her…but she’s decent and she seems to be in more ensemble roles than natalie who is forever shoved in your face as the ‘lead shining star’….

      i find keira gorgeous.

      • Christina says:

        Personally, I reckon that while Portman is by far the more irritating and obnoxious person (Kiara actually seems OK in interviews), she is the better – or should I say less bad – actress of the two. Portman is just mediocre and vastly overrated, whereas Kiara is unwatchably awful. She simply cannot act. At all. And as for that thing she does with her chin…

  18. natalina says:

    i remember her before her nose job…lol

  19. Apples says:

    LOVE that cover shot of her. Gorgeous. Everything is perfect: face, makeup, hair, body, and I need that jacket in my life.

    Love Actually: Am I the only one that finds this movie sweet but, also depressing?! The Alan Rickman and Laura Linney parts KILL me every time I watch it. I don’t like to feel the sads :(

  20. Dubious says:

    Why should their size matter? Some of us guys like the smaller ones. And we DO pay attention to them.

  21. Str8Shooter says:

    What a class act. Least she didn’t say “I don’t mind showing my vadge…cuz it looks like a peach’


  22. Becky1 says:

    I understand where she’s coming from. I used to go braless a lot when I was younger. I have 34 A/B’s so not wearing a bra wasn’t a big deal.

  23. Mauibound says:

    Absolutely adore Love Actually!!!

  24. A Fan says:

    To Keira Knightley: Please don’t ever get implants – you’re one of the last remaining few…

  25. pinns says:

    Christmas films, I do like Keira in Love Actually, just one time I want her to end up with Andrew Lincoln instead, but for us it’s gotta be Muppet Christmas Carol every time…