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Keira Knightley loved playing a slacker in Laggies
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Barefoot and smiling, Keira Knightley strode into a Toronto hotel suite, high heels in hand, hiking up her long silk dress to sit cross-legged in a chair beside her Laggies co-star Sam Rockwell.

Later, the two spent a few moments bantering about the ridiculous height of her on-loan designer footwear in an exchange that echoed the kind of easy chemistry evident onscreen in director Lynn Shelton’s comedy-drama.

In Laggies, opening Friday Oct. 24, Knightley plays Megan, a 28-year-old with a graduate degree and no direction. She’s suffering a quarter-life crisis, weighing her failure to move ahead with a grown-up life compared to her twenty-something pals. Panicked by a marriage proposal, Megan hides from adulthood for a week to try to figure things out and forms an unlikely friendship with a confident and charming 16-year-old (Chloe Grace Moretz). Annika’s dad, Craig (Rockwell) is less enthusiastic about his daughter’s new pal.

It’s a flip for the two actors: In 2013, Rockwell played a superb slacker in Owen, the water park manager in The Way Way Back. Now it’s Knightley’s turn, something that pleases the English actress, who has made no secret of the fact that she’s taking a break from period roles like those in Pride & Prejudice (for which she earned an Oscar nomination), Atonement and Anna Karenina.

“I love arrested-development stories and I always thought it was quite interesting that it wasn’t generally seen that women have the same thing as men, and they do, and lots of my friends do, and so yeah, I responded to that. I thought it was a lovely thing,” Knightley said.

Megan feels stuck and can’t fathom the ease with which her friends are embracing grown-up lives. She panics when her boyfriend proposes and finds a new set of friends through Annika, who she meets outside a convenience store one evening. The kids wonder if she’ll buy booze for them.

So did the actors ever ask adults to buy liquor for them when they were underage?

“Yeah sure, spot liquor. We used to call it spot booze,” said Rockwell.

“I always got taller, so I never needed anyone else to buy it for me,” added Knightley. “The only ever time I got ID’d was when I was about 25!”

Knightley, who was filming both Love Actually and making her first foray into The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as adventure-seeking swashbuckler Elizabeth Swann at age 17, saw some differences between her teenage self and 17-year-old Moretz.

“I f—–g love her, I really do, I think she’s great,” said Knightley of her young co-star. “Her head is tightly screwed on and she’s funny and she’s totally herself and full of confidence and also doesn’t pretend she isn’t a teenager. She totally behaves like a teenager and that’s wonderful.

“I was completely different,” added Knightley. “I was completely embarrassed about being a teenager and I didn’t embrace it.”

Both praise Shelton, a former actress who turned to directing (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister), for making the Laggies set a welcoming place to work. Knightley said it stems from Shelton’s fondness for working with the same team of filmmakers, creating an atmosphere of “love and friendship.”

“She’s great, she’s really warm,” said Rockwell. “She creates a really safe environment. Not unlike a lot of actor-directors I’ve worked with. She makes you feel free, like you can do whatever you want.”

“It’s something I haven’t experienced with very many directors, particularly when they’re not working on very small budgets,” Knightley observed. “It’s a very special thing to be a part of.”

Rockwell added novelist-turned-screenwriter Andrea Seigel gave them “a great script, it’s like a James Proust script,” with “very verbal characters.”

Knightley, who was also at TIFF for the Second World War-set The Imitation Game (slated to open Dec. 19) playing brilliant puzzle solver Joan Clarke opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Alan Turing, said she’d like to make a sci-fi movie one day.

Among her inspirations is Duncan Jones’s 2009 space drama, Moon, starring Rockwell as astronaut Sam Bell.

“It’s the low-budget ones I think are really interesting, because they get to more of the essence of what the books are, which always have this unbelievably, I want to say sterile, but melancholic quality to it, which a lot of your action adventures don’t get,” said Knightley.

“Moon did it brilliantly, that melancholy isolation, what the essence of sci-fi is. It’s such an interesting idea and it’s so incredibly masculine, a masculine way of thinking in a funny way and I just find it a really interesting genre,” she added.