Actress Keira Knightley said being famous gave her PTSD
Actress Keira Knightley said being famous gave her PTSD

Keira reveals dark side of fame

KEIRA Knightley said that fame, and the pressures that come with it, gave her PTSD.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, the actress detailed how much she struggled with fame early on in her career.

"From the inside, all you're hearing is the criticism, really," she said. "It was still very confusing, because you're getting all these nominations for all of these things, but press-wise, when I'm going into interviews, people are still saying, 'Everybody thinks you're s - t,' or focusing on your looks, or focusing on what's wrong with you."

 

Keira Knightley took a year off after being diagnosed with PTSD. Picture: AAP
Keira Knightley took a year off after being diagnosed with PTSD. Picture: AAP

It got so bad the actress was forced to take some time off a decade ago after suffering a breakdown.

"I did have a mental breakdown at 22, so I did take a year off there and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder because of all of that stuff," she revealed.

 

Knightley and Rosamund Pike in ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ Picture: Supplied
Knightley and Rosamund Pike in ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ Picture: Supplied

 

Her breakout role in ‘Bend It Like Beckham.’ Picture: Supplied
Her breakout role in ‘Bend It Like Beckham.’ Picture: Supplied

 

The actress, who's now 33, said she went into therapy because of the ordeal, but has learned how to deal with the stress that comes with being a movie star in the proceeding years.

"I actually did hypnotherapy so that I could stand on the red carpet at the BAFTAs and not have a panic attack," she said.

 

In a scene from the movie ‘Atonement’. Picture: Supplied
In a scene from the movie ‘Atonement’. Picture: Supplied

Having acted since she was a child, Knightley broke through with her role in 2002's Bend It Like Beckham, when she was just 17 years old. Her most recent movie, "Collette," was released late last month.

 

This article was originally published in the New York Post and has been reproduced here with permission.


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