Keira Knightley: ‘Official Secrets made me think hard about governments and accountability’

Keira Knightley thought hard about governments being held accountable for their lies after she read the script for Official Secrets.The fact-based film follows the true story of translator Katharine Gun, who exposed a plot by the British government to …

Keira Knightley thought hard about governments being held accountable for their lies after she read the script for Official Secrets.

The fact-based film follows the true story of translator Katharine Gun, who exposed a plot by the British government to spy on United Nations delegates to garner support for the controversial Iraq war in 2003.

Keira met Gun, who now lives in Turkey with her husband and daughter, only a few times before portraying her on the big screen and confessed that reading about her story prompted her to do more investigation into the events in 2003.

“It’s a very British story in that way. It has that heroic failure about it. But what are you going to do? Write an ending in which the war didn’t happen? She didn’t stop it. She told the truth and there was little consequence,” the 34-year-old told the Guardian newspaper.

“Look where we are now. The questions we have about government and accountability go back to that. Why are politicians who lie not held to account? The script made me think hard about that.”

The two-time Oscar-nominated actress also confessed that she wasn’t aware of Gun’s efforts, which were deemed a breach of the Official Secrets Act.

“I was about 18 at the time. I thought I was (politically) engaged. I really remember the run-up to that conflict, but I didn’t remember this,” she shared.

The mother-of-two is also a big fan of political thrillers and loves being challenged by films.

“I’ve always loved a political thriller. I know some people like escapism, and that’s fine, but I like to be challenged. I was watching Paths of Glory last night, the Kubrick film, 1957, black and white, Kirk Douglas, about the futility of war, and political lies, and it’s amazing,” Keira explained.

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Roksanda Ilincic teams with Lululemon on capsule collection

Roksanda Ilincic has collaborated with athletic apparel retailer Lululemon on a collection.The London-based fashion star, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among …

Roksanda Ilincic has collaborated with athletic apparel retailer Lululemon on a collection.

The London-based fashion star, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among her fans, not to mention former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Now, Roksanda is turning her attention to the athleisure market and has teamed with Audrey Reilly, Lululemon’s senior vice president of women’s design, on a 17-piece line.

“The designs are carefully created to complement every element of a woman’s lifestyle,” Roksanda said. “It was important to me that each piece feels natural to wear at any point in the day.”

The range marks the first partnership between the brands, with the items, including leggings, shorts, tops, and parkas, merging high-end fashion with innovative sportswear.

In addition to featuring voluminous shapes and exaggerated proportions, Roksanda’s touch is also apparent in the eye-catching colour scheme.

“(Roksanda’s) trademark colour blocking is refreshed for the season in hibiscus, violet, sienna, and rich midnight. Lululemon’s signature athleticism-sweat-ready fabrics, made-to-move fits, packable features, reflective accents-infuses the collection with all-weather functionality for yoga, run, train, and transitional wear,” a Lululemon rep added.

The hero piece from the fall capsule is the Inner Expanse Infinity Coat, which can be worn as a coat, jacket, or light trench.

The first Roksanda x Lululemon capsule collection launches on 22 October, with a second set to drop in January 2020. Both will be available on the Lululemon website and in select stores.

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Naomi Campbell & Claudia Schiffer tapped to star in Chanel’s J12 watch campaign

Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer are among the stars to appear in the campaign for Chanel’s new J12 watch.Executives for the French luxury label unveiled the design on Monday (29Apr19), with the elegant timepiece available with either a white or bla…

Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer are among the stars to appear in the campaign for Chanel’s new J12 watch.

Executives for the French luxury label unveiled the design on Monday (29Apr19), with the elegant timepiece available with either a white or black ceramic strap.

The accompanying marketing imagery has the catchphrase, “It’s all about seconds,” and in one grey-toned clip from the photoshoot helmed by Brigitte Lacombe, Campbell is seen posing with the watch.

“What time is it? It’s now five o’clock. I’m not one of those people that wants time to stop. My favourite time of the day is sunset, the golden hour. Everything’s that beautiful, golden light. Everyone looks so beautiful in that light – no one can look bad,” the British supermodel states in the video, according to WWD.

While in her video, German beauty Schiffer reflects on how she was spotted by a model scout in a nightclub in Dusseldorf in 1987 when she was just 17, and how her fashion career took off from there.

“A watch is to tell the time, but it’s also an expression of what you like – a fashion expression, so who you are. I time all my meetings because I don’t like to be late. Because I’m German,” she smiled.

The campaign also features appearances from a diverse range of women, including Chanel brand ambassadors like Keira Knightley, Vanessa Paradis and her 19-year-old daughter Lily-Rose Depp, as well as French actresses Carole Bouquet and Anna Mouglalis, Hollywood icon Ali MacGraw, and Chinese star Liu Wen. The only man to be cast is Hong Kong-based singer/actor William Chan.

Regarding the concept, Chanel’s Thomas du Pre de Saint-Maur explained that the objective of the campaign was to explore each person’s “extremely different” experiences with time.

“This is what we wanted to tell, through the portraits of a certain number of women, we can explain that time is something extremely personal while at the same time, we are all more or less linked by this subjective experience with time,” he told the fashion publication.

Chanel’s J12 watch is priced from $6,050 (£4,675).

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Roksanda Ilincic concerned over ways Brexit will impact fabric suppliers

Roksanda Ilincic is very concerned about what Brexit will mean for her fabric suppliers.The London-based designer, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley amo…

Roksanda Ilincic is very concerned about what Brexit will mean for her fabric suppliers.

The London-based designer, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among fans, not to mention former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

As U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May continues to battle on with negotiations for the nation to withdraw from the European Union (EU), Ilincic has now shared that she has real worries about the split will mean for her own business and that of other fashion retailers.

“It’s a big worry,” she said in an interview with Vogue.co.uk. “The majority of my fabrics and my workforce are from the EU, but I can’t change my systems or put new strategies in place because we don’t know what is going to happen.”

Ilincic went on to explain that she foresees issues with shipments in the future too, especially as Brexit may mean there are delays with getting fabric and merchandise to the U.K. and around the world.

“The big problem with fashion is timing, you’re constantly being robbed of it,” the 48-year-old, who was born in Serbia, stated. “To produce garments and deliver them at the right time is dependent on so many facets – Brexit is going to have consequences for us all.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Ilincic shared that she will be attending the 2019 Shanghai Fashion Week with the aim of making connections with major figures in the Chinese market. And the designer is seriously seeking to make a major investment in Asia, noting that the local consumers are open to pushing the envelope when it comes to style.

“The customer is very thirsty – they not only want to wear the latest collections, but to wear things that are perhaps considered a little too fashion-forward for the European market,” she added.

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Keira Knightley’s directing plans on hold until daughter grows up

Keira Knightley is putting her plans to become a director on hold until her daughter grows up.The British star, 33, has worked as an actress since her teens and eventually wants to put what she has learned to use behind the camera.However, she plans to…

Keira Knightley is putting her plans to become a director on hold until her daughter grows up.

The British star, 33, has worked as an actress since her teens and eventually wants to put what she has learned to use behind the camera.

However, she plans to wait a few years before pursuing directing, as her number one priority at the moment is being a mum to three-year-old Edie, who she shares with husband James Righton.

“At the moment with a three-year-old, no,” she told U.S. website Collider. “But maybe further down the line. Yeah. I’ve worked on a lot of films. I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful directors and I’m really interested in how it’s all put together, and I really like working with scripts and storylines.”

Explaining that she still has a lot to learn about filmmaking she added: “There’s certain areas that I’m confident I’d be ok with, and certain areas where I’m not as confident. So we’ll see in the future.”

One skill Keira thinks she’ll need is the ability to multi-task and focus on learning camera skills, rather than getting lost in a scene.

“The problem is as an actor what I’m meant to do is completely ignore that the camera is there,” she mused. “So it’s taken me so long completely ignore that the camera is there, that now if you’re thinking about directing you need to start going, ‘Why are you there and what lens are you on?’”

The Brit previously told Cover Media that becoming a mum had changed her approach to acting.

“I think it’s impossible not to empathise with this character whether you are or not,” she revealed at the London premiere of her latest movie The Aftermath. “But my view of the world and the way that I play characters and the way that I see characters is different, because motherhood pretty much changes you fundamentally. So you can’t not see the world differently and therefore see the characters differently.”

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Keira Knightley joked sleep deprivation made her a better actress

Keira Knightley has joked that her baby daughter made her so sleep deprived it made her a better actress. The 33-year-old Oscar-nominated actress welcomed her daughter, Edie, with husband James Righton in 2015, then started work on World War II drama …

Keira Knightley has joked that her baby daughter made her so sleep deprived it made her a better actress.

The 33-year-old Oscar-nominated actress welcomed her daughter, Edie, with husband James Righton in 2015, then started work on World War II drama The Aftermath, opposite Alexander Skarsgard, a mere 18 months later.

And due to the relentless first year of motherhood, with night-time feeds, teething babies and round-the-clock parenting, Keira revealed she was suffering from a severe lack of sleep while on set.

“The weird thing with acting is that sleep deprivation basically makes your emotions very close to the surface,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s much easier to cry. You feel like crying all the time, so I can turn that on like that, so this is great. Thanks kid.”

Keira laughed: “The bags under my eyes are a little bit more, but apart from that, the crying is good!”

The first-time mother recently admitted that motherhood has been “f**king difficult,” and she thinks women don’t get enough credit for the huge “physical and emotional marathon” they go through after giving birth.

“I come from a place of amazing privilege. I have an incredible support system; I’ve been unbelievably lucky in my career; I can afford good childcare, and yet I still find it really f**king difficult,” Keira told Balance magazine.

And while she still loves her daughter unconditionally, she urged other mothers to accept that what they are doing is enough.

“It’s OK to say that,” she shared. “It doesn’t mean I don’t love my kid, it’s just me admitting that the sleep deprivation, the hormonal changes, the shift in relationship with my partner, are all things that make me feel as if I’m failing on a daily basis.

“I have to remind myself that I haven’t failed, I’m just doing what I can do, but it’s not easy,” Keira added.

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Keira Knightley fears all she can do is act

Keira Knightley nearly quit acting but has stuck at it as she fears she’d struggle in any other career. The 33-year-old took a break from Hollywood in her early twenties after suffering from mental health problems, and at one point, was worried she’d …

Keira Knightley nearly quit acting but has stuck at it as she fears she’d struggle in any other career.

The 33-year-old took a break from Hollywood in her early twenties after suffering from mental health problems, and at one point, was worried she’d have to retire and try something that didn’t put her in the spotlight. However, she decided to stick to acting and now features in The Aftermath, a period drama set in the ruins of Germany following WWII.

“It was the only decision (taking a break),” she told U.K. magazine Stylist. “It was either that or give up, so I thought, ‘OK, I’m going to try and get (my career) to where I want it and see if I can make something sustainable and if I don’t then I’ll have to do something else.'”

The British beauty is still a star a decade later and is thankful for fame as she has no alternative plans.

“I’ve still not got a Plan B,” Keira explained. “And I’d be terrible at making jam. I made a lot recently – I have a plum tree and had a glut – and it wasn’t very good. We’ve still got jars in the house. No one eats it!”

The Pirates of the Caribbean star shares a three-year-old daughter named Edie with her husband, Klaxons rocker James Righton, and elsewhere in the interview, mused on the possible effect social media scrutiny will have on future generations.

“It does seem like the studies that are coming out now are saying there is a particular effect on young women,” she noted. “We can’t lose a generation because we haven’t put things in place. But what do I know?”

The Aftermath, which also stars Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke, is now in cinemas.

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Keira Knightley fears all she can do is act

Keira Knightley nearly quit acting but has stuck at it as she fears she’d struggle in any other career. The 33-year-old took a break from Hollywood in her early twenties after suffering from mental health problems, and at one point, was worried she’d …

Keira Knightley nearly quit acting but has stuck at it as she fears she’d struggle in any other career.

The 33-year-old took a break from Hollywood in her early twenties after suffering from mental health problems, and at one point, was worried she’d have to retire and try something that didn’t put her in the spotlight. However, she decided to stick to acting and now features in The Aftermath, a period drama set in the ruins of Germany following WWII.

“It was the only decision (taking a break),” she told U.K. magazine Stylist. “It was either that or give up, so I thought, ‘OK, I’m going to try and get (my career) to where I want it and see if I can make something sustainable and if I don’t then I’ll have to do something else.'”

The British beauty is still a star a decade later and is thankful for fame as she has no alternative plans.

“I’ve still not got a Plan B,” Keira explained. “And I’d be terrible at making jam. I made a lot recently – I have a plum tree and had a glut – and it wasn’t very good. We’ve still got jars in the house. No one eats it!”

The Pirates of the Caribbean star shares a three-year-old daughter named Edie with her husband, Klaxons rocker James Righton, and elsewhere in the interview, mused on the possible effect social media scrutiny will have on future generations.

“It does seem like the studies that are coming out now are saying there is a particular effect on young women,” she noted. “We can’t lose a generation because we haven’t put things in place. But what do I know?”

The Aftermath, which also stars Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke, is now in cinemas.

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Alexander Skarsgard: ‘I’m not a method actor’

Alexander Skarsgard has never tried method acting because he needs to unwind when taking on dark or difficult roles. In his new movie The Aftermath, the suave Swedish actor stars as Stefan Lubert, a German architect who is forced to share his home wit…

Alexander Skarsgard has never tried method acting because he needs to unwind when taking on dark or difficult roles.

In his new movie The Aftermath, the suave Swedish actor stars as Stefan Lubert, a German architect who is forced to share his home with a British military officer and his wife, played by Jason Clarke and Keira Knightley respectively, in the wake of the Second World War.

Speaking to WENN/Cover Media at the film’s London premiere, Alexander described Stefan as a “broken man” who had lost his wife in the war, but said he had tried to keep things light and had avoided getting deep into the role like a method actor.

“I think I’m quite good at letting go,” he explained. “When I’m out shooting, I’m not a method actor, so it’s not like I have to stay in that headspace for three months. The darker the project, the more important it is when I’m not shooting, to have fun, get away, see friends, see family, see loved ones. Because that’s how I recharge so I can come back and have the energy for another day on a set that can be quite intense.”

In the film, Stefan and Keira’s character Rachael Morgan begin to develop forbidden feelings for each other, despite initially hating each other due to the trauma and loss both have suffered in the conflict. Alexander said one of his favourite things about filming the movie was spending time with the British actress and plotting out their onscreen chemistry.

“It was wonderful, we got to spend a week or two here in London before we went to Hamburg and Prague to shoot the movie,” he added. “We got to map out the relationship and that journey was very exciting to both of us. Because there’s so much animosity there in the beginning, and finding that love story through grief and understanding of the other person’s sadness. Both have broken hearts, and that’s the beginning of that connection and how that slowly builds was very interesting to explore with her.”

The Aftermath debuts in cinemas on Friday (1Mar19).

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Jason Clarke relished soldier role research for new film

Jason Clarke loved researching his role in The Aftermath as he got to spend time with real-life soldiers.The Aussie star plays a British military commander tasked with helping Germany recover after World War Two in James Kent’s wartorn romance.To pre…

Jason Clarke loved researching his role in The Aftermath as he got to spend time with real-life soldiers.

The Aussie star plays a British military commander tasked with helping Germany recover after World War Two in James Kent’s wartorn romance.

To prepare for the film, the star worked on his British accent and army mannerisms by meeting retired and serving U.K. troops.

“I spent a day with the Royal Guard here, and they put me through the drill stuff, and that was pretty cool,” Jason told Cover Media at the movie’s London premiere. “These men put their life into it, some 40 years of drilling. Teaching me how to punch it out and salute. Good men and women. They were very generous.”

The star also met British veterans to get a feel for how soldiers acted in the past and took a shine to one retired officer in particular.

“(I met) a wonderful field marshal, and he served me a shepherd’s pie,” he explained. “Meeting these old guys gave me a sense of what it is to command – of what it is to lead men. It’s a really interesting notion. How do you command men? We had a wonderful afternoon with him, telling stories, showing us how humour gets it done, how responsibility gets it done.”

In the film Jason’s character Lewis Morgan and his wife Rachel, played by Keira Knightley, move into the home of a German architect, played by Alexander Skarsgard, creating tension as she struggles to forgive him for the Nazi’s actions during the war.

Speaking about what it was like to work with Keira on such an intense drama, Jason said: “You need someone who’s going to challenge you, and be there with you and have a laugh with you as well – but also get it done.”

The Aftermath is released in March (19).

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