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September 6, 2005

Keira Knightley on Love, Fear and What Makes Her Jealous

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Childhood: "Dollhouses were a big thing in my childhood. I was always making up stories, playing with them for hours. I guess that's why I'm an actress: I never stopped wanting to play. I even had a Pride and Prejudice dollhouse that had little porcelain girls living in it, and that was my favorite. The one scruffy girl was sometimes Jo from Little Women and sometimes Lizzie Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, depending on my mood."

School: "School was interesting because I always wanted to act, but if my grades dropped, I wasn't allowed to. It was hard to focus on being there. It was hard to make the effort to fit in. I mean, in many ways I did fit in ‑- I had a great group of friends, and I'm still friends with a lot of them now, but part of me didn't fit in. I had dyslexia, but by the time I was in secondary school, it was pretty much a thing of the past."

Triumph: "Triumph was getting a good grade in math, because I always found it so hard. A good grade in English or spelling was a huge triumph. You can never measure your triumphs against anybody else's ‑- they've got to be personal ones. And triumph can be simple, like the bloody good roast potatoes I made the other night when my friends came over. My biggest triumph yet was getting my part in The Jacket, because the director originally said he didn't want me."

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