Keira Knightley claims she’s only seen ‘Love Actually’ one time, when it first came out

43rd Toronto International Film Festival - 'Colette' - Press Conference

Here are some more photos of Keira Knightley in Toronto earlier this week, promoting her latest film Colette. Colette is the true story of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the famous French writer of Gigi, among other works. It’s the story of her first marriage, to a celebrity author played by Dominic West. Keira was all over TIFF promoting the film, and then she went straight to New York to hustle some more. That’s why she appeared on Good Morning America’s new “GMA Day” talk show with Michael Strahan. As it turns out, Michael Strahan is some kind of Keira Knightley super-fan. He told her that he used to get pumped up for football games by watching Love Actually. I don’t think she believed him, but he was truly devastated a little bit when she said that she’s only seen Love Actually ONCE.

She tells them that she only saw Love Actually when it first came out, which is something a lot of actors usually say – that they don’t like watching themselves and they hate to sit through their own movies. But really, Keira isn’t even in it that much! I can’t believe she hasn’t EVER watched at least part of it in the fifteen Christmases since it was released!! LOVE ACTUALLY IS A NEW CLASSIC.

And here’s the trailer for Colette. This looks like an interesting film, although if I’m going to pinpoint the weakest part just from the trailer, I’d say that Dominic West seems rather uneven. Keira looks great though.

43rd Toronto International Film Festival - Colette - Premiere

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Who ARE these people? says:

    I only saw it once, out of curiosity, and that was enough.

    • Brunswickstoval says:

      Same. I do not get the fuss.

    • Tanguerita says:

      I recently re-watched it and was struck by what a dumb, misogynistic, fat-shaming, cliche-ridden movie it is. Definitely didn’t age well.

      • AlmaMartyr says:

        This! I saw it once when it came out and wasn’t too impressed. Rewatched it quite recently when it was on Netflix and was appalled by how awful it is, and how misogynistic. Wouldn’t watch it again! I like romcoms as well, Notting Hill is one of my favourite cosy pleasures.

      • BabyJane says:

        Agreed; it did not age well. But neither did Mean Girls and that ain’t gonna stop me from annual viewing.

    • Slowsnow says:

      I watched it when it came out and did not remember it much. A few years ago, we were looking for a Christmas film to watch with the kids and decided upon L.,A. Oh, little did I know. What a sexist, insensitive load of crap. We went back to watching Family Stone.

    • LT says:

      Agreed. The class stuff bothered me – so out of the limited number of relationships they show (and that work out), two of them are with men in positions of power who pursue a woman who works for them and is from a lower social economic class. Is that the recipe for romantic success according to the filmmakers? Because the relationships between peers don’t fare as well.

      • Slowsnow says:

        And what about the kid who is grieving for his recently deceased mother and the father keeps asking himself why – oh whyyyy – is the kid not doing well. BECAUSE< YOU TWIT, HE JUST LOST HIS MOTHER!

      • Nats says:

        It’s like you watched a different movie. I’m assuming the 2 relationships that worked out according to you are Colin Firth and Hugh Grant’s? What about the two stand-in actors? They are peers and they worked out. What about Keira’s marriage? They are peers, and it worked out in spite of the love triangle. And I guess you’re forgetting Alan Rickman’s relationship that didn’t work out in spite of it fitting the description you provided: older man courting a subordinate woman. But don’t let facts get in a way if some good outrage.

      • LT says:

        Nats – you know, I do have “outrage” about a variety of things, but the plot line to “Love, Actually” ain’t one of them! It’s a movie and a really silly one at that.

        Yep, I’m talking about Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. And Laura Linney (didn’t work out) and Alan Rickman’s character (marriage imploded). The whole “educated man who falls in love with a sweet girl not from his class” is such a well-worn story. Why do it TWICE in one movie? It’s not that interesting – certainly not enough to make it core to two storylines.

      • Nats says:

        So, still choosing to ignore examples that contradict your initial claim, I see.
        Laura Kinney’s relationship is pretty much the only one that failed. Hardly enough to claim that creators condemn all relationships between peers. And Alan Rickman’s marriage didn’t implode. It’s not entirely clear whether they patched things up, but the final scene seems to suggest that they stayed together. Also, Liam Neeson finds happiness with a peer as well.
        Is the movie perfect? No. But enough with purity tests already. Or we might as well give the next election to Trump. One can enjoy imperfect things.

      • LT says:


        This movie obviously means a lot to you and I’m glad you’ve found joy in the film. Cheers to that!

    • Milla says:

      Same. But i do love Christmas is all around song. That’s the only storyline i remember.

    • JoJo says:

      Yeah I have only watched it once too.

    • jessamine says:

      The movie was absolutely miserable to its female characters/relationship dynamics. The only bright spot for me was blink-and-you’ll-miss-him Chiwetel Ejiofor.

    • launicaangelina says:

      Ditto. I saw it once. I was not impressed with Love, Actually at all.

    • SK says:

      Same, seems to be an unpopular view but I think it’s rubbish

    • maisie says:

      Too right. I saw it once (because I loved Four Weddings & even liked Notting Hill) & was totally put off by the stalking, the cheating, the deification of foreign women British men can’t understand (almost as good as being silent!) and the depiction of all American women as indiscriminate morons. Ugh. Cannot account for Bill Nighy’s and Hugh Grant’s participation in it (although they elevated it a bit). And the cutesy “naked body double” bit was almost as awful as the “poor woman with insane brother can’t be with the hottie of her dreams” segment (WHY EVER NOT?!). Just – bleah.

    • minx says:

      There are a few parts I really, really love (Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant dancing, Keira, how gorgeous London looks, some of the music choices). And lots that I really hate (dumb men falling for subservient women, the Alan Rickman/Emma Thompson storyline, stalking, misogyny).

  2. Lightpurple says:

    We need more Keira. I can’t wait to see Collette.

  3. Millenial says:

    It’s a cute movie. I’ve seen a few of the think pieces on it in recent years, but I’ve ignored them. I just want to enjoy my silly Christmas romance movie.

    • Chrissy says:

      I watch it at Christmas time too. And only for the amazing Bill Nighy and his relationship with his manager. Oh, and the silly dancing courtesy of Hugh Grant.

  4. Sara says:

    Dreading this movie. I am a specialist of Colette and most of the trailer is wrong and annoying.
    1. Colette was not a peasant. Her parents were on the contrary landed gentry who lost their money.
    2. However she had a super rural accent which of course Keira doesn’t have. This would explain Paris finding her exotic.
    3. She knew perfectly well who Willy was before they married.
    4. She did not fight him to have her name back she kept his name to sell more books.
    5. She was a badass who hated feminists and had a disturbing long term relationship with her stepson during her second marriage.
    6. She is a complex brilliant writer who doesn’t deserve this rewriting of history. transforming her into some magical rah rah girl power icon is just anachronic and wrong.

    end rant.

    • Slowsnow says:

      I don’t understand why film directors do this. You either say clearly that you freely inspired yourself from a writer (like Paul Thomas Anderson with Steinbeck for The master) or you do a precise, researched period biography.
      And Keira does innocent and light-hearted very well, but not dark, twisted and sensual (see A Dangerous Method where she was not great).

    • Veronica S. says:

      Look at you thinking women can be complicated, flawed, AND appreciated by Hollywood. 😉

    • Valerie says:

      And she was French. Is Marion Cotillard no longer bankable?

    • Dessi says:

      In that case, watch a documentary.

      • Sara says:

        Sure! But it claims to be a biopic, and erases some of the truly great and interesting parts of its subject. I hear you that film is a different medium, but why not do an openly fictionalized version of her life?

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’ve never seen it. (Runs and hides.)

  6. Abby says:

    I love her in period stuff, she can really wear a costume.

    Love Actually is my favorite Christmas movie. There, I said it! Even though there’s so many messed-up relationships so it’s not actually a happy movie. I don’t care what people think. I just love it.

  7. Lala11_7 says:

    “Love Actually”…for me…is one of those movies where the more I see it…

    the less I like it…the ONLY movie that made me look at Colin Firth and go…”Meh”….

    • Slowsnow says:

      I am Portuguese and you cannot imagine how the Portuguese sequence makes me want to stab my eyes and my ears and go “Meh” on Colin Firth.

      • maisie says:

        It was insulting, and another in the canon of “man falls for sweet foreign maid he cannot communicate with because his wife/girlfriend is a cheating/crazy bitch” (epitomized by Spanglish and Maid in Manhattan).

  8. Maum says:

    Love Actually is such a twee self-congratulatory vision of England. Drives me nuts.

    Aside from Emma Thompson and the washed out singer’s arcs, the other storylines are nauseatingly awful.

    I watch it every year. 😀

  9. Eric says:

    Good movie.
    I watch it every Christmas.

  10. Pansy says:

    I don’t love it (ducking)!
    I’m no prude, but my gosh what a gross movie. Everyone is unlikable, the bad language served no purpose, it was a mess. (Bad language doesn’t bother me in the least, it’s just like this was stuck in there to be edgy or something. But it was not an edgy story.)

  11. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I only saw ‘Love Actually’ once, about a year or two after it came out. The absolute pain & rage I felt when Emma Thompson thought she was getting jewelry from her shite husband (Alan Rickman) but opened a Joni Mitchell cd instead…Yeah, I refused right then to watch it ever again. I’ve loved Keira Knightley since ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ tho. 🙂

  12. Veronica S. says:

    I’ve never actually seen the whole movie, lol. I think I’ve seen about thirty minutes of it here and there, but I’ve never owned it, and I don’t watch television.

    Honestly, I don’t think it’s so surprising. Unless it’s a fond favorite, I generally only watch movies once.

  13. horseandhound says:

    you people manage to see negativity and politics even in a warm rom-com…

    • Karen says:

      Agree don’t need to over analyze it. . It is a silly movie but I watch it every year. If you are sick with a cold and it’s Christmas time it is the perfect movie.

    • Snowslow says:

      Yeah, how dare we? I mean culture (high, low, in the middle) is not at all a mirror of society and does not mould people’s expectations of what life (love!) should or could be at all. What were we thinking?! LoL.

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  14. MarcelMarcel says:

    I’ve never seen it… like I meant to a few years ago and I think of the film when it’s christmas time because there are ads for it on tv or people bring it up? But I’ve never seen the film.
    Is it a new classic? Maybe I should actually watch Love Actually.

  15. Nicegirl says:

    I love the scene where the little girl and the school band play All I Want For Christmas, it’s so cute and fun. My sons and I look up that scene every holiday season on YouTube and croon along. 🤷‍♀️

  16. Case says:

    My friends love this movie and I haven’t had the heart to tell them that I think it’s an awful Christmas movie. I just don’t get the hype.

  17. burdzeyeview says:

    Yea once is enough, dreadful movie.

  18. Roo says:

    I’m just here to say that I love her.

  19. Valerie says:

    She’s the reason why I don’t like watching it. One of them, anyway. I was a big Rickman fan when it came out, and I loved him with Emma. But it’s pretty overrated.

  20. Ali says:

    I love Emma Thompson and her scenes at Christmas and the end of the school play make me cry every time.

  21. Laura says:

    I loved Keira in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”. She is just so beautiful 😍

    • ravynrobyn says:

      Wasn’t she though? Just watched it again last night, man I SO love this movie!!
      I’m insanely in love with Steve Carell, and imho, this is his very best performance. He reminds me of my husband (who is NOT flattered, btw!); the way his character speaks to and comforts Keira’s character at the end makes me swoon, cry and stop breathing all at once.
      Ok, I’ll stop my fangirling 😜

  22. I also just hated when Emma got the cd instead of the necklace and cried with her (must be because she is a splendid actor). I’ve never been cheated on, to my knowledge, but just really felt the chock and pain with her.
    So very NOT a favourite movie of mine.