It’s difficult to imagine Hollywood without Keira Knightley’s fresh face.
But according to the star herself, this was almost the case, as she once considered changing jobs and leaving the world of acting behind.
Thankfully she decided to stick with it and has gone on to star in a number of incredible movies, from Atonement to Anna Karenina, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Duchess.
Most recently she’s taken center stage in Colette, a biographical drama about French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.
Clearly she loves what she does, so why did she want to give it all up?
The 33-year-old, who was honoured with an OBE for services to drama and charity in 2018, revealed all in an interview with Balance.
She starts by explaining that she had been acting since she was six, but couldn’t wrap her head around her sudden fame in her late teenage years – after making Bend It Like Beckham and Love Actually.
"I was at a time in my life when I was still becoming," she said. "Like most young people, I hadn’t quite found who I was or what I was about.
"Yet all of a sudden, people were being very vocal with their views on me as a young woman and as an actress.
"I lost confidence in myself because I was made to feel that I didn’t deserve to be doing what I was doing."
This feeling continued into her early 20s when she claims her "world crashed".
She continued: "My world crashed when I was 22, everything stopped working and I felt as if I was broken into tiny pieces, as if my brain was literally shattered."
So she did something very sensible, she hopped on a plane in the middle of the night and decided to take a year off.
"I just took a year out, travelling around. There was a very big question mark over whether I was ever going to go back to work, but I’ve always loved acting – it’s just everything else that comes with it that I was struggling with."
So she could keep on acting, the mother-of-one made the choice to undergo therapy and had hypnotherapy in order to be able to get back out on the red carpet without having a panic attack.
Thankfully it worked, and Keira claims she hasn’t "had that feeling" for a long time.
The actress also believes she’s found her place in the world now.
She added: "I have a sense of self now that I didn’t have when I was younger. I’ve found my place in the world and carved out the person I’m comfortable being, so I’m pretty confident that I can give anyone a f***ing good run for their money."
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