Keira Knightley: Acting always excites me

Keira Knightley thinks empathy is an important quality.

The British actress has starred in a number of big movies including the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as well as Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. Despite starting her career as a teenager, the 30-year-old still gets a lot of joy from her work.

“A lot of it is the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of someone else,” she explained to British magazine Hello! “I think that empathy is an important quality, even though for many roles that’s not always easy to manage. That’s what makes my work so stimulating, that you feel this need to go out and play different characters at times and throw yourself into the process. I love it.”

Keira’s latest role in Everest sees her playing the pregnant wife of one of the men who was involved in the 1996 disaster which the mountain movie is based on. Keira certainly doesn’t take her responsibility of playing a real life person lightly.

“It’s a huge privilege to be an actress, especially when you have to play someone very different from you and your own perspective on life,” she said. “Having spoken to Jan and some of the other women, I was able to appreciate everything about their dedication to climbing. Jan has climbed Everest seven times since the events of the film and she’s such a wonderfully open and strong woman.”

Everest also stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke, who plays Jan’s husband Rob. For Keira, it was extremely important to portray the love the couple had for each other accurately.

“I wanted to absorb as many key elements of her personality so that you can see something of her soul in the film, the nature of her love for Rob and how what they shared was so special,” she explained.

– Cover Media