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Keira: The Next Chapter
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I spend the evening with Keira Knightley in a low-key private bar in London, exactly two weeks before she officially confirms that, in her 30th year, she will become a mother for the first time. The confirmation comes as no surprise: Keira married musician James Righton, 31, of the Klaxons, in May 2013: the pair are blissfully happy (‘He’s one of the sweetest men in the entire world’) and, in recent weeks, she has taken to wearing significantly looser clothing. But more to the point, while not actively discussing her baby, Keira makes no effort to disguise the signs, either. She is happy and relaxed, cracking smutty jokes about a flower arrangement she’s been sent (‘You’re going to have to navigate my extravagant bush’) – but she also spends the best part of our conversation with one hand resting protectively on her midriff. What’s more, it’s Friday night after a long, glamourous shoots involving a lot of Chanel, and the only French fizz on our table in Perrier water.

The closest we get to the subject of impending motherhood is her uninhibited assessment of Channel 4’s labour ward documentary One Born Every Minute. When I suggest it’s nice that so many people are comfortable giving birth on camera, her eyes widen in terror. ‘Is that nice, though? As a woman you watch that and you think: “Oh my god, NOOOO!” Fair point.

Over the past decade, Keira has starred on seven British ELLE covers – more than anyone else in that period. Keira’s progression from teen star to accomplished woman has been charted on the pages of ELLE. It’s not going too far to say we feel like we’ve watched her grow up. Visually, her ELLE shoots encapsulate her progression from the demure, waifish breakout star of Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Carribean through the smouldering, angular vixen of 2011’s Tom Ford shoot, to last summer’s compellingly eccentric images by Thomas Whiteside, which depicted Keira with bedraggled hair and pout. ‘I especially like that one,’ she says, laughing at the memory.

And the ELLE team have seen how, behind the scenes, she’s evolved from shy teen to content, confident woman. She is comfortable in her own skin and is almost absurdly approachable for someone who has, in the past, been caricatured as glacial and standoffish. She chuckles and kindly consoles me when I fear – wrongly, thank god – that my dictaphone has broken: ‘It’ll be fine, I promise. Just make it up!’

But, in fact, Keira has always had something to say. She’s been unapologetically vocal in identifying herself as a feminist, starring for free in a 2009 anti-domestic violence campaign ad for Women’s Aid that culminated with the tagline: ‘Isn’t it time someone called cut?’ She has also talked frankly and disarmingly about the insecurities that have, at times, threatened to derail her confidence and career: ‘Everything frightened me until the age of 25,’ she told ELLE last year.

When I ask what it was like to be nominated for an Oscar aged 19 (for Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice), she says that she honestly can’t remember: ‘I was on night shoots at the time and I think I just rolled over and went to sleep. It was just a relentless bubble of work.’

At her own behest, those days are gone. For the first time in ages, she’s cleared her diary of filming commitments and has set about renovating the north London home that she and James acquired last year; her niggles are now about the speed of construction work rather than call times and set politics. Although the scripts continue to pile up, of course. ‘My principle in terms of work has always been simple: it’s whatever I’m interested in. I think if I’m interested in something, then I can’t be the only one. I’ve been wrong several times, actually.’ But for now, home – and baby – take priority.

A full 38 minutes into our post-shoot interview, Keira realises that her wedding ring is missing. It has left the building in an assistant’s wallet, having been stowed there for safekeeping. Ironically, Keira discovers this as I’m asking her – the actress whose fortune is thought to be somewhere around £30m – whether she’s much attached to the material world. ‘There’s your answer,’ she laughs, before making the requisite phone calls to get it back.

An hour or so later, when the assistant emerges from a London bus bearing Keira’s elegant gold band in a scene that’s just a snow flurry away from Love Actually territory, Keira is full of gratitude: ‘You’ve actually saved my marriage!”

I imagine her upcoming birthday in March will be similarly untouched by diva histronics. ‘Turning 30 is sold as a really big thing, as if you’re going to wake up a completely different person, but I’ve never bought into that,’ she says. But as she celebrates the end of her third decade – and ELLE celebrates 10 years of following Keira’s story – she shared the people, places and events that have shaped and inspired her, in her own words.

We just don’t take childbirth seriously, dramatically, and that’s a shame. I think it’s an extraordinary thing that half the population goes through something that is such an enormous thing – the biggest thing in most people’s lives – and yet there’s very little drama around it. I can’t think of a film that’s been made about childbirth; there’s way more stuff about death and angst.

It never occured to me that my mum earning more than my dad could be seen as strange. I mean, why would that be an issue? Their relationship has always been a partnership. For a long time, my mum [playwright and screenwriter Sharman Macdonald] was the main breadwinner. My dad [actor Will Knightley] was always totally secure about that and endlessly supportive.

I was meant to be named ‘Kiera’, after a Russian ice skater who was on the TV one day. My dad fancied her and nicked her name for me. But it was my mum who went to register my birth, and she accidentally spelled ‘ei’ instead of ‘ie’ because my mum’s crap at spelling. Apparently, when she came back he said: ‘WHAT THE F*CK? You’ve spelt her name wrong!’ What were they going to do, though? Once it’s on the piece of paper, it’s on the piece of paper. And that’s me. A spelling error.

My brother, Caleb, is such a weirdo. I love him. He’s a Foley artist [someone who recreated everyday sound effects for film, TV and radio] and does a lot for BBC Radio Four. He’s musical and was always in bands; he was a math-rock drummer. My husband is very impressed by that – apparently it’s really difficult. Caleb’s brain works in a totally different way to mine – I don’t understand what he does and he doesn’t get what I do. We’re the perfect match as brother and sister because it’s like, ‘That’s your area, and this is mine.’

Klaxons are brilliant live. The energy they throw out, night after night, is incredible. They’re constantly moving. Having worked on stage, I’m always interested in how performance is affected by different audiences, and that’s the same for live musicians on tour.

There will always be people that don’t think you can do it and don’t think you’re good enough. Whether it’s personal or professional, you are going to have setbacks and negativity around you. The world is a f*cking weird place and you learn as you go along. You can be on the floor crawling and that’s when you learn that it’s possible to get back up and survive. It’s always a good thing to remember, when you’re down on the floor.

Joan Clarke, the cryptanalyst I plated in The Imitation Game, is an inspiration. She was so quiet and gentle, yet totally persistent in what she wanted. It wasn’t a question of screaming and shouting and trying to knock walls down; it was more recognising that, to get into a room nobody wanted you in, people had to like you, like being around you and enjoy you being part of the process. That’s very, very clever.

Break the rules. I’ve always hated the idea that you should be wearing this or that, because it makes me feel like I’m getting everything wrong. I hated it at school, and I don’t want it as an adult. If you want to wear a f*cking flowerpot on your head and that makes you happy, then wear a f*cking flowerpot on your head.

When I was struggling to read, my mum rewarded me with acting jobs. I was only allowed to go for auditions if my grades went up or stayed the same. If they went down, I wasn’t allowed to audition. Given that acting is all I ever wanted to do, it was a genius method.

Lipstick is an armour to the world. My mum had a thing when we were growing up, if she’d had a sh*t day or if something had gone wrong, she’d put her red lipstick on. I still abide by that. If you’re doing something hard, a really vibrant colour is a good thing. Lips are the easiest thing to put colour on. The nose doesn’t work so well – it’s a tricky look. Lips, however: quite good.

Karl Lagerfeld is lovely, actually. Amazing. I mean the fact that he’s – erm, however old he is! – and that he’s still so passionate about what he does, is really inspiring. He’s all about moving forward and the idea that you can have the energy to do – what is it, six collections a year, for Chanel? And then he does Fendi and he’s got his own line as well. It’s insane.

Property porn? I love it. I’m always on the internet, looking at houses. I blame my parents, because they bought me a dolls’ house when I was a child. I never stay in one place for very long. I think space, where you live, really affects you. It’s the actress in me: “Who will I be if I live in that place? How will it change me if I go here?”

You know that scene in Shakespeare In Love, where it’s all going wrong and they’ve closed down the theatre? And then it reopens by some last-minute decree? That feels like the whole of my career. You have to trust that it’s going to be all right and, actually, it might not be all right, but even then it’ll still be fine.

Coco Chanel was a survivor, which makes her a very interesting character, because survivors are never completely moral. I always find that very interesting, particularly given the time period through which she lived. Apparently she was left in an orphanage and went on to working on the streets singing and then working in cafes. The drive that it must have taken for her to end up where she did is fascinating, not to mention the men that she went for along the way.

My one and a half-year-old nephew is incredible. He can’t talk yet, but loves nothing more than to get hold of my phone, unlock it and take pictures of himself. There are more selfies of him on there than anything else.