Sometimes you don't even have to meet these people to develop a real hatred. That is what I have found with the actress Keira Knightley. Every time she appears on screen I have to resist the urge to get up and walk out, or worse, lunge at the screen. Ever since I heard her utter the words "I look quite pretty" in her annoyingly posh accent in Love Actually, I have felt an intense dislike for the woman. I also have friends who agree with me.
Now some of you may say this is jealousy, and at first I would have said you are right. She is undeniably a good looking person, and is rich and famous and attends red carpet dos, yadda yadda yadda. But, so do Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johanson and Zooey Deschanel, 3 women who are gorgeous, rich and who I don't hate. In fact, I think they're all lovely, and I think they're all better looking than Keira Knightley.
I think the reason I hate Keira so much is that she doesn't seem to deserves what she has. I haven't seen a film where I have wanted to praise her acting talents, she doesn't seem to be able to deviate from the smug, posh, skinny British character. Always playing this part makes me think she probably is just smug, posh and British. She doesn't even seem to have a fun personality and enjoy her fame. Zooey Deschanel in comparison plays characters with a bit of humour, quirkiness and seems to be smiling in a lot more of her publicity shots.
Type both of these actresses into Google images now. Zooey Deschanel's photos are likeable, smiley, and natural. Keira's photos seem to be contrived and pouty.
Keira above, Zooey below.
Now don't misunderstand me, my life is not taken up by fussing over the lives of celebrities, in fact, I probably know less than most. I don't even dislike people in real life very often: being a teacher I tend to find something I like in most people otherwise I would never make it through the day. But if one of my favourite books was turned into a film (like the Great Gatsby has been and will be out soon... can't wait!) and I found out Keira Knightley was in it, I would be very disappointed, and would probably think twice about seeing it.
How do you feel about Keira?