Scott Feinberg: I think you were 23 at the time, when you were nominated for Pride & Prejudice. 20 actually sorry - I know it was the third youngest person ever. And I’m just curious, you know, you obviously had a lot going on already in your career but now that sort of gotta feel like a great validation and motivation to keep doing things, doesn’t it?
Keira Knightley: Yeah it was funny that I mean, yes it was absolutely extraordinary to be nominated for an Oscar for “Pride…”, you know it really was. It didn’t make me feel validated at all, it was very strange. I mean partly I think it’s - I had very low self confidence and again I think because I was 19 when we shot that and going through a very difficult kind of teenage, late-teenage thing. So I’ve always felt like I’ve had a lot to prove. And I still feel that I’ve got a lot to prove and hopefully I always will, you know? But no, strangely it didn’t kinda make me go - “Oh it’s all alright now!” - I mean, it was amazing, it was extraordinary, it never quite seemed real. But it never made me feel like I’ve finally arrived.
Scott: And even though you were the star of Best Picture nominee like two years later, Atonement, it’s the same kind of - ?
Keira: Yeah, same thing even with Atonement. I mean again, I love the piece of work, I love the book, I loved the experience of making it but no, I think at that point - there was a lot of criticism as well as a lot of people that supported me but it was very split. And I always believed the negative stuff and I never believed the positive stuff to the point where I did start to get quite a problem - the lack of confidence. I think a lot of actors have a huge confidence issue, particularly if you’re a young woman, that’s equally always something. So no, it didn’t. It started to… with people, I’ve been incredibly lucky, I’ve had incredible supporters within the industry - Joe Wright being a big one, John Maybury, people I’ve worked with again and again. And I think through that, the idea that you do a piece of work and actually they want to come back and they want to work with you again and they want to explore different things and they think that you can explore different things, it has been amazing. And it’s people that I’ve really respected so it’s a wonderful thing like with this, when David Cronenberg hands you a script for this - a character that is so, it’s nothing that I’ve ever played before you know, and goes - “Oh I think you can do it!” - it’s extraordinary.