I used to really dislike Keira Knightley. I never saw Bend It Like Beckham, so I missed the initial fanfare of her "making it big" arrival in Hollywood. I had only seen her thin frame in ads and on the red carpet. I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in theatres, and I liked it. Time passed. She became really famous, and she was everywhere.
For a reason unknown at the time, I decided I really didn't like Keira Knightley. Why is she everyone's spokesmodel? Why does there need to be a picture of her in every damn magazine? Why does every magazine keep talking about how thin she is and whether or not she has an eating disorder? And then someone asked me why I thought she was so annoying. And just like any mature adult, I said, "Because she annoys me." (Don't hire me as your attorney.)
And then I saw...
I had seen a few scenes on TV before, and I was excited to finally watch it in its entirety when I started dating my husband. And then I figured it out. I
Knightley plays the lovely Juliet who discovers that her husband's best friend is in love with her. As one would expect, this brings about discomfort, shock, and embarrassment. Juliet's husband never finds out, and eventually, she and the best friend resolve to move past it. He has his way of getting closure, and then she... Well, just watch.
How on this great earth is it reasonable for a woman to kiss her new husband's best friend?! People have tried to tell me it was a sweet gesture, but I beg to differ. I wouldn't call that "letting him down easy". And I wouldn't call it "closure" either. I don't think it's sweet. I don't think it's fair to him. I don't think it would make him think, Oh, okay. Now I can move on. I get so up in arms and sad every time I see that scene. My husband told me that hearing my unsolicited opinion about the matter was one of the things he liked about me.
However, Keira Knightley is not that person in real life, so I offer her this letter she'll never read:
Dear Keira Knightley,
I am sorry that I held a grudge against you all that time, all because of a character you played. You were so true to the part that I believed you were Juliet. It's twisted compliment, really! You are a superb actress. I love your work in Pride and Prejudice and Domino. You carry yourself well, and quite honestly, I love your accent. So what do you say? Let's be friends?
Love Actually is a great film! One of my favorites. (The men in this movie were cast so freakin' perfectly.) I may still curse that kiss, but at least I've dissected my Knightley aversion and moved past it. And that's the tale of my completely irrational decision about a celebrity. Lucky for me, she has no idea who I am, she wouldn't have known I didn't like her, and this apology doesn't really matter.
Why am I still typing?
Okay, goodbye. :-)