Keira Knightley Not Quitting Movies For Music
"Begin Again" didn't inspire Keira Knightley to become a pop star. At all.
The Oscar nominated actress plays Gretta in the film, an independent singer who refuses to compromise her music for fame.
In an interview with Advocate, Knightley said the movie did "not even remotely" inspire her to start singing.
"But I have a whole new appreciation for people who can do that," she added. "You know, when I first read the Begin Again script, which I loved, the songs weren't really in there. I just loved the character and the story, but I really didn't think about the singing part until I was there in the studio and realized I didn't know what the hell I was doing. I'm not a musician or a singer. That's not how I express myself creatively, so it was weird and quite terrifying."
There were some benefits to playing Gretta, however, namely that she didn't have to wear 20-pounds of Victorian era clothing.
"I only had to come in half an hour before shooting, as opposed to, like, two hours to get into wigs and makeup," she said. "It was great."
But more elaborate makeup doesn't necessarily make for more elaborate characters, Knightly added.
"It's true that the more stylized a character, the further and further it gets away from you," she said. "That's what many actors enjoy about acting - disappearing into someone else. This was definitely the opposite of that, and it was quite scary. There was also a lot of improvisation, which I've never done before, but that was very exciting."
The 29-year-old actress didn't listen to any hype-up music before takes, because, according to Knightly, she didn't need "inspiration from anyone."
"The director, John Carney, and I had emailed some ideas early on, but the character sort of went away from anything we'd talked about," she said. "We wanted to create her own thing."