Keira Knightley in Interview Magazine April 2012

Keira Knightley Gets Moody to Talk Spanking and Her "Russian Moment" in Interview

Keira Knightley Gets Moody to Talk Spanking and Her "Russian Moment" in Interview

Keira Knightley looks edgy and glamorous on the cover of Interview magazine's April issue. The moody spread was shot by fashion photographers Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas, and features Keira in dark, sophisticated clothes from Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Balenciaga. For the accompanying interview, the actress spoke to her A Dangerous Method director David Cronenberg at her home in London, where she was fresh from wrapping Anna Karenina. Keira talked about portraying real people in films, faking a Russian accent, and how spanking is "really huge in England." Here's more from Keira Knightley in Interview:

  • On playing two Russian women in a row: "I'm not quite sure what that's about. I seem to be having a Russian moment. I've never even been to Russia. I didn't [do a Russian accent]."
  • On portraying a real person vs. a fictional one: "There's always the moral question when you're playing real people. Is it like dancing over somebody's grave? What's nice about playing somebody real is that generally there's more information about them, so a lot of the questions that you'd otherwise have to make up the answers to are already there."
  • On the English fascination with spanking: "I know with A Dangerous Method people liked the spanking an awful lot. [laughs] It's weird, though, with the spanking. In England, it was pretty much the only thing I got asked about. I'm not quite sure what that says about the English. . . [spanking is] really huge in England."
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