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Keira Knightley is a British actress; she was born in London, England. Knightley has starred in films such as King Arthur (2004), Never Let Me Go (2009), Begin Again (2013) and Colette (2018).
In Colette, Keira stars as a French author called Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Colette had written books such as The Pure and the Impure, Gigi and Chéri, and she was married to Henry Gauthier-Villars, who had passed off many of her work as his own.
Keira had received the film’s script from her agent; the film brings to life on-screen somewhere around fifteen years of Colette’s life. Although the movie is set during the late 1800s, Knightley felt that it is very linked to the current age because the movie touches on subjects like celebrity couples and feminism.
Before Keira began shooting for the film, she had memorized the script. Knightley then portrayed the French author on-screen as a woman who had both male and female attributes; the 33-year-old actress even dressed the part – Knightley did not wear a corset underneath her costumes and she can be spotted wearing ties in the movie.
Knightley regards the experience of playing Colette as a sensational experience because she feels that the French author was an imperfect and intrepid lady. She also feels that Colette had managed to carve out some room for herself in an environment which had never done the same for her; I think Colette had an unsettling quality about her probably because of the things she had experienced in her life and she was also somebody who had rather distinct notions of liberties.