Keira Knightley: I Kissed Girl At My Prom And Got Called “Disgusting”
In Laggies, Keira Knightley plays a woman in her late twenties who has a bit of a breakdown, briefly abandoning her life to stay with a teenage girl she just met. In real life, the British actress had a less than pleasant experience as a teen.
“I f*cking hated high school, so I wouldn’t revert to high school ever,” she tells Vulture. “I don’t know, I’m not that kind of gal. Teenage girls and that scream pitch, even when I was a teenage girl, I was like, ‘Ugh, I really don’t like this,’ so that’s never been my place in time.”
Knightley had a particularly memorable experience at prom, which she attended with her best (female) friend. “We both turned up an hour late, and I’d been filming Bend It Like Beckham, and I turned up in leather pants and a crop top, and she was a model for a while, and she’d been in Paris shooting something, and she turned up as the boy, so she had a black tie with ripped jeans on, and everybody else was completely dressed up, obviously, in that kind of finery, and then we had our picture taken underneath the thing, and she’s kissing me, and we were told that that was disgusting.”
She adds, “One of the teachers took us both aside and said we were never going to come to anything if we didn’t know how to dress appropriately for events like that. So that was my prom. We had a great time! Our photograph, though, wasn’t allowed — you know when you get up and, I don’t know if this is in America, but you collect all the photographs of prom and you buy whatever ones you want. Ours wasn’t allowed to be displayed on that because it wasn’t appropriate.”
As for her Laggies character’s quarter-life crisis, “I’ve never had it to that extreme, but I think this is a story that anybody at any different point in life and any different walk of life, you’re a human being. Of course you kind of question where you’re at or where you’re going.”