Keira Knightley Reveals She Fell Asleep While Shooting 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace'March 9, 2020
Keira Knightley likes to keep it real during interviews, and this extends to discussing her past roles.
The British actress was only 12 when she made Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace with director George Lucas, and such a newcomer that her name is actually spelled wrongly as "Kiera Knightley" in the credits.
"I mean, I was 12. I literally don’t remember [it]," she told Total Film. "I remember the headdress being so heavy, it gave me a headache. I really remember the headache from one of the headdresses. And I remember being in the background for such a long time that I’d actually fallen asleep. I was just sitting in a chair, and I was in the background, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I really remember that. But apart from that, I don’t remember anything else about it."
Knightley also spoke candidly about her experience making the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie in 2003, which would prove to be a real career breakthrough.
"I didn’t anticipate that that would mean that I then would just have an amazing career in Hollywood films afterwards. That’s not where I thought my career was going to be," she said. "We got left quite alone, because Johnny Depp hadn’t had a commercial success, and a pirate movie hadn’t worked in probably generations, and it was based on a Disney theme park ride. No one was particularly going, 'This is going to be a big hit.'" So actually, relatively speaking, it was quite a chilled-out set."
We recently rounded up some of Knightley's more surprising roles that show she's more than just a costume drama queen. You can also relive a weirdly impressive moment from her most recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show below.
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