Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Why I hate Keira Knightley

Sometimes you meet people in life who you just can't stand. Perhaps they show off a bit too much, they talk AT you rather than to you, or you have nothing in common with them.

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 knightley hate
 Keira above, Zooey below.
zooey deschanel sweet


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?

50 comments:

Didi said...

Yeah, she is really beautiful and all, but I do get your point! I dont see her creativity with life and I miss that! Maybe we can have a big surprise someday!

I hope she finds her way!

Lady Lazarus said...

Me too. I guess I should give her a few more chances in case she pulls it out the bag!

Anonymous said...

I loathe her too, so much so that I had to search online for others who share the same intense revulsion

Lucinda Harrington said...

Hooray, people who share my sentiments!

Anonymous said...

I think she is great. I am fat but not jealous. She can't help it if she is skinny. And I wish my teeth looked that good. She was probably one of those girls in school who only had guy friends. Sorry to rain on your hate parade

Anonymous said...

I thought the same Lady Lazarus, when I sat through her appallingly wooden performance in Love Actually...but nearly ten years later she hasn't improved. Still loathe her. *Sigh*

Lucinda Harrington said...

She really hasn't. I hate when she says "I look quite pretty" in Love Actually. So wooden.

hage bhai said...

"enjoys her fame"??
you mean how she dont porks around people and do drugs and get embroiled in controversy
i agree her acting is bad..ok,pretty seriously bad..but thats no criteria to "hate" someone..bytch

Anonymous said...

Ditto! That's exactly what I'm doing.

Anonymous said...

I feel the same way, and I am the only person in my peer group who seems to see through the pout and wanna-be-sex-kitten-overkill to notice how irritating she and most of her roles are... Half the time she hijacks the movie and walks off with the plot! Re: Edge of Love. Thank you for posting these sentiments in an articulate and persuasive manner. Glad to know there are teachers like you out there.

Anonymous said...

I think she's not a good actress, she has just two expressions, and she ruined the movie Anna Karenina. Her fame is really disappointing to me.

Anonymous said...

I just truly dislike her for the way she speaks. Not the accent, but the protruding chin and thin mouth she pulls.

(And for a teacher, I'm disappointed you don't know how to spell disappointed. ;D.)

Squirrel Nutkin said...

I typed into Google "I hate Keira Knightley" and was gratified to find there are others! I don't like her Telltubby eyes. She looks like she's half-Pakistani.

Anonymous said...

I hate her pout! She can never just look normal! She has to ruin EVERYTHING with pouting and trying to look kissable!

Anonymous said...

totheI'm glad my child isn't being taught by someone who hates complete strangers

Anonymous said...

What hope the future has when teachers publically share their irrational hatred of a person they have never met, on the basis of them having a 'smug' face and 'posh' accent.
Thankfully, you didn't decide that her looking 'half-Pakistani' is a reason to hate, unlike racist Beatrix Potter fan *Squirrel Nutkin* up there. The world is a weird place.

Lucinda Harrington said...

Oh calm down. It's not like I'm burning images of her outside her house. I think you'll find students like having a teacher with a bit of personality!

Anonymous said...

It's her chin. I HATE her stupid chinny smile. I'm a straight, 25 year old male so it isn't jealousy, just pure chin hate.

Anonymous said...

Very late to this post but since its showing up on google search, ill just say that Keira Knightley is a goddess just temporarily slumming it on earth. Every woman who is put off by her has no taste in beauty

Anonymous said...

She has no acting talent. She over dramatizes every line she speaks and she is not beautiful enough to win these lead roles.

Anonymous said...

coz of her leading roles in almost her films seem like an hidden campaign saying 'i'm Ms.Sex'... it's okay to be that hot-gorgeous-famous-sexy-skinny lucky girl, but somehow i wish i could see her in a film with her playing smart or psycho, not always picturing herself being too fancied by (any)males from the last movie script to the next one ... perhaps... its the scripts she is used to.

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see I am not the only one who feels this way. I hate her. I can't stand any movie she is in. They seriously need to stop casting her in any role. She is not about talent at all. Hate her to the core!!!

Anonymous said...

I also can't stand her. Unlike others though, I do not think she is attractive. She seems to have found a few specific facial expressions which she believes are cute (the Cheshire Cat toothy grin) or pouty and sensual (flexing her nose muscles to try and make her weird nose longer and thinner, while her weird lips poke out) and she does these with her face over and over again. I think she probably spends hours each day staring at herself in the mirror practicing these expressions - and then throughout the day she is constantly thinking about herself and how she looks, and then doing those weird things with her face. Maybe I can't stand her for the same reasons I can't stand anyone who is so caught up and obsessed with themselves. I don't think she is capable of existing for any 10 second period of life without thinking about herself, making sure she is putting on one of her "special looks". I think she is a narcissistic psychopath, and ever scene she is in screams "AWKWARD!!!" because no one should be thinking about themselves as much as she does, and every time I throw up a little in my mouth.

Anonymous said...

I cant look keira, she looks so unatural brrr

Anonymous said...

I am not a Keira fan at all, but you guys are pushing it a bit too far- what if she reads this stuff? You can't hate someone personally based on hating their acting, or their looks, mannerisms, etc it would be better if u said I hate her acting etc not attacking the person you never know she may see this.

Anonymous said...

How bad is Keira as an actress? There's something of an objective measure: Look her up on Metacritic and find her average career score (58). This reflects what critics feel about the movies she is in, not what they think of her performances, but needless to say a bad performance by a leading actress will sink a film's rating, and a good performance will tend to help it. You will probably be surprised at how she stacks up against actresses you might think should do well.

Among the best actresses, Jennifer Lawrence's 69 is outstanding, Scarlett Johannson's 61 is strong. Portman's 55 is above average. Keira by this measure may not be the best in the world, but there are not many who are at her level.

As for what she says in "Love ActuallY", are you criticizing her for following the script?

Anonymous said...

I found this post whilst looking for someone who dislikes Keira Knightely as much as I do. I now think that maybe we should just let her be. She does play annoying roles but its made her rich so credit to her for being clever. Will just have to avoid all her movies and hope she doesnt feature in any movie you would really want to watch.

Anonymous said...

I don't like her and I'm skeptical of those who do. I am not able to enjoy any movie in which she appears. She always seems synthetic or alien. It is odd for me to be compelled to make such a comment, so I must feel strongly about this.

Anonymous said...

I sure know what you mean. She's all of the following:

1. Beautiful
2. Intelligent
3. Witty
4. Down to earth with her head screwed on right
5. Hard working on the set
6. Extremely talented



Unfortunately, she also

7. manages her fame well, maintaining a rigid privacy
8. has the respect of her directors and fellow artists
9. is garnering rave reviews
10. boldly accepts new and difficult challenges

How can anybody like such a person?


Anonymous said...

I fucking hate her! Talentless, ugly and have a body of an 11 year old. Oh I am a male.

Isabel Chin said...

Hello, I'm doing a dissertation on the scrutiny that public figures face today, and I would like to know if I could use this page? Also, this post is a couple of years old, so could you clarify if you still dislike this actress? The research paper will only be submitted to my prof, so I'm not making any money off it or anything. Thank you.

On a personal note, Keira's better than most of the Hollywood starlets. And she isn't a complete famewhore so I guess she's alright.
She's also one of those people whose name comes up the least when it comes to dislike or hate in my research, so I'm really curious about unorthodox hate choices.

Scarlett said...

Lol @the posts here. (3yrs after the original post) I know little about her other than seeing her in films here and there. I love Jack Ryan movies and I literally stopped Shadow Recruit 30 mins in to google "hate Keira". Let me say that this is not about jealousy. I like most can appreciate an attractive actress, especially if she's a good actress. In KK's case every time I see her I get an incredible urge to hurl something at the screen. She's a poor actress. I hate her face and when she suddenly breaks into that toothy smile... which I can only describe as "severe". Plus she always looks like she just stumbled out of a concentration camp. Apparently others feel the same so I really don't understand why she continues to get leading roles. *rant over*

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Anonymous said...

i don know... i don like her too. just she feels so artificiall.....

Anonymous said...

there is one girl that I absolutely hate, she believs that that she is beautiful like Keira , I will re-direct her to your blog! I love it! Thank you all x

Anonymous said...

I dislike Keira Kneightley because she RUINED Elizabeth Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice." Hard to forgive that!

I actually liked her in "Begin Again," so I thought maybe I should give her another chance.... but then I saw "Anna Karenina." Augh!

I can't be the only person out here who HATES that thing Keira Kneightley does -- which you know good and well that neither Lizzie Bennet nor Anna Karenina ever did -- which is this little scrunching-up of her nose and eyes in some misguided attempt to look pert/perky. Someone needs to tell her that there is a different, less silly and annoying way to show amusement/delight/mischievousness/pleasure. If she did it in "Begin Again" or "Bend It Like Beckham," it didn't matter so much, because those movies are set in our own time, and that little facial expression is what some modern, flighty, shallow young ladies do nowadays. But it's totally out of place in a story written by Jane Austen or Leo Tolstoy in the nineteenth century. When Keira Kneightly does it onscreen, it breaks the spell of the movie; you're suddenly, involuntarily reminded that you are watching an actress ACT -- and very self-consciously -- instead of being immersed in the world of the story. The mark of a good actor is that you FORGET you're only watching an actor.

Unlike some commenters here, I'm willing to imagine that Kneightley might have potential in the future -- but she has simply GOT to get rid of that nose-scrunchy thing.

Thank you for starting a thread on this topic. It's nice to know I'm not the only one out here who's not smitten with Keira Kneightley!

Anonymous said...

Oh and p.s....

I couldn't disagree with you more about Scarlett Johansson. For all that I just criticized Keira Kneightley, she's a much better actress than Scarlett Johansson, in my opinion.

I said that the mark of a good actor is that you forget you're watching an actor. Well, Keira Kneightley only breaks the spell for me when she does that nose-scrunchy thing. With Scarlett Johansson, on the other hand, I'm conscious that I'm watching an actress act at almost every second of every scene of every movie she's in!

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No name said...

I used to like Keira Knightley since she was on the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie even though she was a bad actress, fans of the sequel tolerate her as Elizabeth Swan.

Now most of the Pirates of the Caribbean fans hate her because she rejected to be on the 5th movie yust because she wants to be the center of the fucking movie and better than Johnny Depp. So now after the public gave her fame and recognition all over the world right next to Johnny. Now she seem it as too little for her now.

Way to go Keira I hope you read this.
NOW WE HATE YOU ARROGANT BITCH!!!

Alexis Hope said...

Why do people hate someone they have never met? Do consider that all the films she has been in she has been asked to be in, and while doing so told to act a certain way. She doesn't choose the lines and takes directions on how to deliver them. Hate the typecast not the person you don't know. In saying that, I'm big fan of Zooey Deschanel, while maybe not more aesthetically attractive, she seems down right awesome.

Alina Kaiba said...

To be honest, I never liked Keira Knightley, her acting is not good its so TRASHY!!! I prefer Rachel Weisz over her!!! Ever since I watched Keira as Elizabeth Swann, it made me really pissed off because she is a manipulate whore evil lady.. The director of Pirates of the Caribbean, DIDN'T plan the "kiss" between Kiera and Johnny, it was HER that did. For my thoughts, Keira is a SLUTTY BITCH as well!!! Her character Elizabeth Swann is MORE LIKE Meela/Anck-su-namun from The Mummy and The Mummy Returns!! How funny is that Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann) and Patricia Velasquez (Meela/Anck-su-namun) have similar features if you look very closely!!! Maybe Keira Knightley can be the NEW Meela/Anck-su-namun in this time of era because The Mummy reboot is going to suck anyways and Keira is more of the evil side. I have to say that Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom way better than Kiera Knightley!!!

Alina Kaiba said...

Anck-su-nabeth haha ;D Thumbs up!!! Anck-su-namun and Elizabeth Swann fusion together.. Kiera-su-namun!!! Lol SORRY NO WILL TURNER AND ELIZABETH SWANN, ITS REALLY IMHOTEP AND ELIZABETH SWANN NOW. Will Turner, WATCH OUT, Elizabeth Swann DOESN'T really love you, she LOVES Imhotep and she is ALWAYS a TRAITOR and MANIPULATOR EVIL SLUT.. Elizabeth has been in relationship with Imhotep before you Will Turner. TRUTH IS TRUTH!!!

Kai said...

I was typing "Why I hate Keira Knightley" in google because it just came up randomly to me. And I saw this! There has always been something off about Keira Knightley to me and I think you nailed it! She's snobbish and posh to the T. Comes across as conceited. Hahhaha! A representation of women of that hateful sort - cuts across races. Or maybe I'm just jealous because Chris Pine was happy to have kissed her in one of his movies. LOL... that one, I didn't sit through.

Kai said...

I was typing "Why I hate Keira Knightley" in google because it just came up randomly to me. And I saw this! There has always been something off about Keira Knightley to me and I think you nailed it! She's smug and posh to the T. Comes across as conceited. Hahhaha! A representation of women of that hateful sort - cuts across races. Or maybe I'm just jealous because Chris Pine was happy to have kissed her in one of his movies. LOL... that one, I didn't sit through.

Stephanie said...

Another posh-hating and class obsessed British person, eh? Get a life.

Anonymous said...

She is not posh in the slightest, she is lower middle class, she went to a second rate comprehensive school in London, her mother is Scottish and her dad a regular English actor no one has heard of! She puts on her accent as she is an actress, it is stilted and dreadful like her wooden acting. Stop calling her posh, only people who are not posh use that word anyway! Her chin is ridiculously large too, dull all round!

Anonymous said...

Moron....She is Not Posh.

Guarding treasure said...

It's interesting how some particular person can just repulse you. I have found, that it is often because they reflect a charateristic/feature, that you hate about yourself. For example "trying to be something she is not" or "liking her own appearence". Oh and fun fact: she pouts all the time because she's been told over and over that her smile is ugly.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree. How a bloke can like her us just weird!

Anonymous said...

For me she is just so overrated she is not beautiful, Im convinced she's a man. She is not posh she is fake and her figure is too much. Her facial expressions make me sick and the less said about her acting the better.