Keira Knightley: costar Adam Levine is able to ‘play a d–khead very well’


Keira Knightley covers the new issue of Glamour. I actually like this photoshoot a lot – Keira has done a lot of drab, minimalist shoots as of late, so it’s nice to see her smiling, wearing color and sitting amongst the flowers. It would be nice to see Angelina Jolie do a shoot like this too, right? Keira is promoting Begin Again, formerly Can A Song Save Your Life?, in which she plays the ex-girlfriend of a big rock star who finds her (singing) voice post-breakup. It looks like a sweet movie. Here are some highlights from the Glamour piece:

Keira on her decision to do a romantic comedy: “With a feel-good film you are always risking going way too cheesy….But maybe I can have a little holiday where I’m not playing a character who is being destroyed.”

Keira on her Begin Again co-star Adam Levine: “He did play a d-ckhead very well. Actually, I admire him being so willing. To play a d-ckhead is quite a big thing when you are trying to break into film and you want to be likable.”

Keira on getting married: “When James proposed, I just thought, Well, never done that before. It seemed like a fun thing to do.”

Keira on her teens and early twenties: “There are those who manage that time of their lives really well—doing a lot of partying and making a lot of mistakes and thinking the world is only there for you, but I was way too introverted, and there was always this sh-tload of photographers, who made it worse. When I hit 25, for some reason I didn’t care anymore—I allowed myself to chill out. Since then, everything’s been amazing.”

Keira on stage fright: “I have really suffered from stage fright, or actually camera fright. [Because] you are presenting layers and layers and layers of pretending, and it’s not just you but other people in charge of your face or your body or your hair.”

[From Glamour]

For some reason, I kind of believe her about her engagement and marriage. She had been a serial monogamist up until then, happy to live with a guy and she didn’t seem to be striving for “the ring.” When her first wedding anniversary came up, she didn’t even remember it. I think she got married because James asked her and thought it sounded like fun. Which is a nice way to go through life. I also think she’s honest about how tightly wound she was in her early 20s, when she was navigating fame and taking it all so seriously. She really seemed lighter, happier, less neurotic in her late 20s.

Also: yeah, it’s not difficult for Adam Levine to “play” a douchebag. Shock.



Photos courtesy of Glamour.

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  1. Nene says:

    Ofcourse it isn’t hard for Mr Douchie to play dick-head because it comes naturally.

    The truth is most of these actors/actresses unconsciously play themselves in some of their movies – like method acting in reverse.
    A.Jolie used to be a perfect example of this in her early acting days- Gia, Girl Interupted,Gone in 60 Seconds,etc.

    • kri says:

      LOL!! Keira for the win! oh, Adam Levine. But then, I hear the other name..Mark, my Mark. Delish, talented, yummy.

  2. Kristen says:

    I hadn’t heard anything about this movie but I just watched the trailer and it looks adorable. Keira is really likable in it and who doesn’t appreciate scruffy Mark Ruffalo?

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I don’t know. She looks pretty, but she holds her mouth in a way that juuust borders on duck lips and I find it ruins every picture for me.

    Also, she was probably not that serious, but I have been married twice, and I think it deserves a little thought. Yeah, it sounds like fun. If you marry the right person, it is fun. Most of the time. If you don’t, believe me, it’s not. During or after. She was just trying to sound light and funny, I guess, but people look up to her and I just thought she’s either grossly underrating the thought she put into it, or she’s not taking it seriously enough. I used to like her more than I do now.

    • Kaye says:

      I read once that she was very self-conscious about her teeth and that was why she tried to keep her mouth closed all the time.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Interesting. My mother doesn’t like her own smile, even though she is quite beautiful, and she always looks mad in pictures, no matter how many times we tell her to smile.

      • meh says:

        But her mouth is NEVER closed. It’s always open. She’s a mouthbreather.

    • AG-UK says:

      +100 for me and the mouth I don’t know it’s weird it’s just they way it is but that one director for some film told her she was banned from doing it. She has an underbite or something but it bugs me and I can’t focus on anything else.

      • Kali says:

        Was Joe Wright for “Pride and Prejudice”. She talks about it on Graham Norton when she was doing promo for Jack Ryan.

      • Amelia says:

        She was hilarious in that interview, I love how self aware she is. Genuinely self-depricating without being insincere.

    • Clara says:

      Keira hate syndrome never too far away even after all this time.
      I don’t hear people complaining about other actors physical faults. Maybe she should get a reconstructive surgery and satisfy all the critics. But wait, no matter what, she’ll still be anorexic.

      Ten years into her career and this hate’s just become ridiculous. And she never even did something outrageous but still people pile on her: “now’s “oh, she takes marriage vows too easily, can’t have that”. People will start taking Keira’s marriage advices. Ridiculous.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Clara, I don’t hate Keira. You know, comments like yours are so unnecessary, and so rooted in obsession that I probably shouldn’t even bother to respond. If anyone makes the slightest criticism, which they will do on a celebrity gossip website, whether you like it or not, you just go off the deep end with all this “hate” garbage. Maybe you shouldn’t read this site if you can’t be objective. I’m not going to go over point by point how you have twisted my words because you’ll just do it again. It’s so tiresome, so counterproductive to a decent discussion. Why do you have to be so hostile and rude? I don’t hate Keira or any celebrity. Some of us have lives.

      • Kiddo says:

        I don’t think GoodNamesAllTaken was expressing any level of hate. She was clearly sharing a personal story about the possible consequences of not contemplating the seriousness of marriage. And she qualified it with she was probably not that serious. I think you had a bit of a knee jerk reaction to her post, projecting your own anger into the situation.

      • Clara says:

        If it wouldn’t be such a frequent occurrence in her case, I’d say sure – “the hate talk” is just silly overreaction, you’re right. Then again you’re the one with the knee-jerk reaction, going all “obsession” on a casual remark. In all honesty, it wasn’t entirely directed at you. I should’ve posted as a comment instead of a reply.
        So I’m sorry to have upset your sensibilities but it’s enough to skim random comments sections on Keira to find classical examples of the “KHS”. With her, it’s pathological, it’s not just “oh, let’s criticize for the sake of criticizing another starlet”.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @Kiddo, thanks. I didn’t mean to express any hatred at all.


      • original kay says:

        sit down Clara. Keira doesn’t give a shit if you defend her or not.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Clara-You need a large joint or at the minimum, two hits from a bong.

        Seriously, calm down girl.

    • Catk says:

      I don’t think she was being serious in her marriage comment. It’s hard to tell tone in written interviews.

      Love her.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        You’re probably right. Someone else remarked that it was just her way of blowing off the question because she doesn’t like to discuss personal issues, and that made sense to me.

    • Mel M says:

      Goodnames- that was my thought when reading about the marriage thing too.

  4. Nikollet says:

    It is a nice shoot, but I wouldn’t describe her as ‘smiling’ in any of the images…

  5. Kali says:

    Does anyone have tricks on how to style yourself with the mismatched patterns like how they’ve done with Keira opinion this shoot? Obviously, looking like Keira helps with the whole looking “effortlessly quirky chic” thing but many people (myself) would look demented.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I think the key is scale and color of the prints. You’ll notice that she is wearing mismatched prints, but one will be small, another medium and another large, rather than three tiny or three large prints. Also, color connects the fabrics. For example, in the picture where she’s lounging back in the chair, the fabric she’s against is a large scale floral with a white background and many colors, including red and blue. Then she’s wearing a small scale print on her skirt, with red and blue, a medium scale scarf with red and blue, and a blue and white striped shirt. So red, blue and white tie it all together. Then she has yellow flowers on her shoulder, randomly pulling out some yellow from the background print, and black boots to keep it all from being too matchy matchy. I love mixing prints, but agree it’s hard to pull off in real life.

    • Mystified says:

      Kali, I don’t know what the rules are about mentioning other websites but Australian stylist Imogene Lamport runs a wonderful website called . You can type “mixing prints” in the search box and find several easy to follow tips on this. There are also tons of suggestions for flattering all sorts of real world body and face types. I am not affiliated in any way with this website, but it has saved me a ton of time and money on clothes and jewelry.

    • TG says:

      I get a lot of styling ideas off of Pinterest and Tumbler. Also, I have always liked Keira and will watch her in anything. I love that she unknowingly called Adam Levine a douche. Something we already know. That tells me that she doesn’t read gossip or she would not have said the truth about him. I was a little concerned about her marriage comment but I am going to assume that she only said that because she thinks he love life is none of our business. I agree with an earlier comment that some actors unconsciously play themselves. Bradly McDouche Cooper comes to mind.

    • Kali says:

      Thank you both very much! The weather is fairly depressing here at the moment (stupid winter, stupid stupid stupid Winter) so I’m trying to learn how to break out of the black sack dress and boots rut I’m in at the moment.

    • lrm says:

      You can also literally use the composition rules/suggestions for visual art-ie the color wheel and go analogous, primary, opposite, etc. in terms of colors. Also, Keira has stripes as one layer-different prints is also a factor-not just different sizing in terms of all floral or all stripes,, for examples. Different textures can also work well, depending on the combination-such as linen contrasted with cotton jersey or something to that effect. Stripes such as her shirt tend to work well b/c they are symmetrical and hold the other patterns, so to speak, keeping them from looking over the top busy, cheap or tacky. And stripes by themselves can look a bit too nautical or conservative. Hence the french use of a scarf and hat with stripes-lol stereotype (: I think the bottom line, though, is to be sure you are comfortable with what you are wearing-otherwise it wears you. Not comfort physically though that is nice, of course. But comfort with the look itself is important. Relax into it-if you want to be boho, imagine yourself living a boho life. If it just doesn’t suit you, do mixed patterns with a different ‘theme’, such as preppy, sporty, sophisticated, etc. And use jewelry and other accessories instead of mixed clothing patterns, if you want to mix layers but the clothing feels too boho for you personally, for example.

  6. eliza says:

    I love Keira. Love most of her movies and find her to be extremely pretty and talented.

    Ugh, Adam Levine is acting now? Good grief, I hate seeing more of him than I already do. He repulses me.

  7. A mascarada says:

    Keira is lovely, as usual. I agree that her mouth is little bit weird looking sometimes, but as Kaye said, she might be very self-conscious about her not so perfect teeth.

  8. lucy2 says:

    I really want to see that movie.
    I’m liking her more and more, especially in comparison to some of the other young actresses out there who think they have it all figured out but don’t have a clue.

  9. KIddo says:

    I like the photo shoot with the exception of the floppy hat shot. The composition looks slipshod; doesn’t work for me. The rest are a rich tapestry of color and pattern.

  10. The New Classic says:

    I love Keira, always have, always will. From Bend it like Beckham to whatever she chooses to do next, she will always have a fan in me

  11. Lucy says:

    Lovely photoshoot and interview! And am I the only one who thinks Keira was throwing some serious shade with the d-ckhead comment? (I wish)

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      Adam Levine is able to play a d-ckhead very well

      what a suprise- said no one ever

  12. Mixtape says:

    Not a fan of the Rainbow Loom top on the cover, which would look ridiculous on anyone less angular, but she’s somehow pulling it off.

  13. Angel says:

    She’s so pretty but I’m sort of a hater because I really can’t stand watching her in films. She is good in only about 20 per cent of her roles. In the others, she overacts and her incredibly conspicuous jaw movements and pout remove any suspension of disbelief. With the right director, in the right role, she’s decent (The Jacket, Atonement). Poor direction and miscasting = total disaster (The Duchess, Jack Ryan). Also, she can’t seem to do convincing accents. I predict rapid career demise or only indie-type roles for her in the future. Beautiful lady. Too bad about the acting and the weird thing with the pout and jaw.

  14. Barristerette says:

    Love her! And yeah, big shocker, Levine being good at being a mega douche, he is such a creep…

  15. paranormalgirl says:

    I must see this movie! I like Keira Knightly and I adore Mark Ruffalo and James Corden!