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Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean) has taken a moment to reflect on overcoming panic attacks and PTSD, putting life into perspective.

She recently talked to The Sunday Times about the stresses of being a young actress, starring in Hollywood blockbusters, and how she handled it all.

She describes what it felt like suddenly being famous, saying, “I remember waking up one day and there were ten men outside my front door. They didn’t leave for five years.”

In the interview she describes trying to live up to expectations, saying: “I always wanted to be top of the class, and I always wanted to be perfect. I tried being five pounds heavier, but then people say you have cellulite, and then five pounds lighter, and then you’re anorexic and causing people to die. It was just so much.”

While it took a toll, with Knightley suffering from panic attacks, finally she came to a resolution: “But in a funny way I think I was quite lucky in that it was so insane that I sort of recognized it.”

She concluded the thought by giving thanks to her family and friends who “just wrapped me up.”

Knightley took a year off work to fight off PTSD, but she’s now back at it. We can look for the actress in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Colette, both in theaters now. She’s also completed filming on The Aftermath, Official Secrets and Berlin, I Love You.

What do you think of Keira’s newfound self-acceptance? 


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By Brigid Brown