Keira Knightly on Katharine Gun: ‘I just felt her story was a really interesting piece of this puzzle’
- James Mottram
- 16 October 2019
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Knightly discusses her role as the GCHQ whistleblower in Gavin Hood’s thoughtful drama, Official Secrets
When Keira Knightley looks back on her latest movie, Official Secrets, it’s likely to be intertwined with memories of her children. A year-and-a-half ago, she shot the film – a thrilling true story about British whistleblower Katharine Gun – in Liverpool, Manchester and across Yorkshire, just as her then three year-old daughter Edie was having ‘a complete sleep-regression’.
It certainly didn’t make things easy. ‘The wee有捕鱼游戏可以换现金的吗ks when I had most of the work, she was literally up five or six times a night between midnight and 6am,’ she explains. ‘I think that added a particular vibe probably to my performance’ – perhaps, the haggard, haunted look that hangs off Gun – ‘which maybe I should thank her for or maybe I should blame it all on her for – I’m not quite sure!’
Now, holed up in London’s Soho Hotel to promote the film, Knightley is just six weeks fresh from giving birth to Delilah, her second daughter with her musician husband James Righton. ‘It’s actually quite nice – I’ve suddenly stepped away from everything,’ she says, referring to the fact she’s barely read or watched any news reports in the run-up to Brexit whilst focusing on her new-born.