Kiera Knightly reveals why her prom photo was banned from her school
Keira Knightley is an actress who has starred in so many period films and costume dramas that she almost seems to have stepped out a time machine on occasion. With her elegant looks and refined English accent, you'd expect to find her more at home in one of Jane Austen's country manors than the hustle and bustle of the 21st century. However, in real life Knightley is a far goofier and more down-to-earth person than the oft-austere characters she plays. She's known by friends and family for her self-deprecation and wicked sense of humour, as the following anecdote from her adolescence proves.
In a recent appearance on the talk show, Late Night With Seth Meyers, Knightley told the story of how her high school prom picture was banned from the dance's photo wall for a very risque reason. You can check out her saucy version of the story in the video below:
Knightley has already discussed the night in a 2014 interview, where she stated that she had gone with her gay best friend and kissed in the picture, stating: We both turned up an hour late. I'd been filming Bend It Like Beckham, and I turned up in leather pants and a crop top, and she was a model for a while, and she'd been in Paris shooting something, and she turned up as the boy. So, she had a black tie with ripped jeans on, and everybody else was completely dressed up, obviously, in that kind of finery."
She added: "And then we had our picture taken underneath the thing, and she's kissing me, and we were told that that was disgusting. And one of the teachers took us both aside and said we were never going to come to anything if we didn't know how to dress appropriately for events like that. So, that was my prom. We had a great time!"
Recently, Knightley has also been quoted as adamant that Hollywood needs more female directors in the industry, stating: "There's lots of talented female directors [already] ...a man trying to shut up a woman and a woman being stifled by a man's ego is still going on today and has been going on throughout history ... I think that they need to be supported. I think that female point of view is very important. I think we need more [directors of photography], more producers, and we need more writers, so I think we really need to push for representation."
However, despite this she has stopped short of mentioning any ambitions towards directing personally and seems content to stick to acting for the time being. That's a shame: I have to say that I'd be interested to see her lend her talents to directing. But from the sounds of things she sounds like the kind of friend that anyone would want to have in their life.