KEI­RA KNIGHT­LEY LOOKS TO CO­LETTE FOR COU­RAGE

Kei­ra Knight­ley s'ins­pire du cou­rage de Co­lette

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Dans Co­lette, en salles le 16 jan­vier, Kei­ra Knight­ley in­carne la cé­lèbre ro­man­cière fran­çaise de la pre­mière moi­tié du XXe siècle. Alors qu’elle dé­couvre le mi­lieu ar­tis­tique pa­ri­sien, Co­lette se heurte aux exi­gences de son ma­ri, « Willy » (Do­mi­nic West), lui-même au­teur-co­que­luche de son époque et sé­duc­teur in­vé­té­ré. Une fois de plus, la pé­tillante ac­trice an­glaise trans­forme l’es­sai. Ren­contre.

TO­RON­TO — At first, Kei­ra Knight­ley thought eve­ry­thing was going to be fine. Her pre­gnan­cy had been de­light­ful, so she’d give birth to her first child and then conti­nue wor­king at her nor­mal pace. A Broad­way show and two films in a year? Try her. But af­ter Knight­ley had her daugh­ter, Edie, things didn’t go ac­cor­ding to plan. She was hor­mo­nal, for one. And ti­red. Be­cause Edie ne­ver see­med to sleep. Still, she in­ten­ded to keep her obli­ga­tions. She per­for­med eight times a week in a stage pro­duc­tion of The­rese Ra­quin and then fil­med a sup­por­ting role in the dra­ma Col­la­te­ral Beau­ty. 2. But in the sum­mer of 2016, sta­ring down the lead role in the per­iod dra­ma Co­lette, Knight­ley de­ci­ded she nee­ded a break. “I was like, ‘I can’t. I li­te­ral­ly can’t,’” the ac­tress said. “I am so ti­red. I am so hor­mo­nal. I can’t deal with this big cha­rac­ter right now. So they ve­ry sweet­ly said, ‘We’ll put it off for a year.’”

MOTHERHOOD

3. Di­rec­tor Wash West­mo­re­land wasn’t exact­ly thril­led to push the start date on Co­lette — “no one wel­comes that news,” he said — but that de­lay en­ded up being “the best thing that ever hap­pe­ned.” The film­ma­ker was able to spend the year fi­nes­sing the script about the re­now­ned French no­ve­list, who ini­tial­ly wrote un­der her hus­band’s name un­til her work be­came so suc­cess­ful in the ear­ly 1900s that she fought for re­cog­ni­tion.

4. Sit­ting in a ho­tel confe­rence room, her Cha­nel flats loo­king al­most too nice against the

>>> bra­sh­ly pat­ter­ned car­pet, Knight­ley has del­ved in­to dis­cus­sing motherhood even though it’s a to­pic she thinks the me­dia ge­ne­ral­ly mi­shandles. Knight­ley spends a lot of time thin­king about gen­der roles. Gro­wing up, when she be­gan to think about an ac­ting ca­reer, it was the male parts she dreamt of ha­ving. At age 12, she spent one sum­mer ob­ses­si­ve­ly wat­ching The God­fa­ther, drea­ming of playing Mi­chael Cor­leone. She li­ked that he was a mo­ral­ly am­bi­guous he­ro.

FIN­DING A HEROINE

5. “So I’ve al­ways been loo­king for my he­roes. I know the guys, but I don’t know the wo­men,” she said. “I’m using he­roes ins­tead of he­roines, be­cause in my head, he­roines are still se­cond to a man.” Co­lette, she felt, was a he­ro. Knight­ley wan­ted a bit of her cou­rage and felt like she was “stan­ding tall” when she em­bo­died her.

6. “Wo­men feel shame or that we should hide in so ma­ny ways — parts of our per­so­na­li­ty that aren’t fe­mi­nine en­ough or what we’re meant to be,” she said. “And with Co­lette, she just went, ‘Boom, this is what I am.’ I love that. I don’t think I’m that strong. I think I’ve still got a bit of, ‘Oh, (hell). I want to say the right thing.’” In the past year, in par­ti­cu­lar, Knight­ley said she’s been grap­pling with how much to use her voice. She’s hap­py to be as­ked about “more than lip gloss” — she’s been a face of Cha­nel for a de­cade now — but it’s new to her.

7. “The idea five years ago of being po­li­ti­cal in an in­ter­view — you would ne­ver,” she said. “And now sud­den­ly, the world is a po­li­ti­cal place with Brexit in En­gland, with Trump.” And the #MeToo mo­ve­ment. Knight­ley said she at­ten­ded two Time’s Up mee­tings in the U.K., which she found in­ter­es­ting. But she felt slight­ly out of place. “They’re ama­zing wo­men, but I’m, like, ‘Ho­ly (crap), they’re real­ly proac­tive and or­ga­ni­zed, and I’m just not,’”she said.

bra­sh­ly ici, trop voyant, tape-à-l'oeil / pat­ter­ned à mo­tifs / car­pet mo­quette / to delve in­to plon­ger dans, creu­ser (ici, in­to dis­cus­sing… la ques­tion de…) / to­pic su­jet, thème, ques­tion / to mi­shandle ici, mal trai­ter, trai­ter avec mal­adresse / part ici, rôle / The God­fa­ther (VF) Le Par­rain.

5. ...are still se­cond to... sont tou­jours moins bien consi­dé­rées que... / to stand, stood, stood tall être fier et dé­ter­mi­né, gar­der la tête haute / to em­bo­dy in­car­ner.

6. shame honte / to be meant to être cen­sé, sup­po­sé / to grapple with lut­ter (pour sa­voir) / lip gloss brillant à lèvres / de­cade dé­cen­nie.

7. to at­tend as­sis­ter/par­ti­ci­per à / slight­ly lé­gè­re­ment, quelque peu / ama­zing in­croyable, ex­tra­or­di­naire / Ho­ly crap ici, Oh mon Dieu !.

BEGINNINGS

8. Knight­ley was a tee­na­ger when she first gar­ne­red pu­blic ac­claim in the 2002 soc­cer film Bend It Like Beck­ham, and a year la­ter be­came a hou­se­hold name af­ter she was cast in the Pi­rates of the Ca­rib­bean fran­chise. Meanw­hile, Knight­ley has ear­ned a re­pu­ta­tion for playing the lea­ding la­dy in per­iod dra­mas such as Pride & Pre­ju­dice, which brought her an Os­car no­mi­na­tion in 2006, and Ato­ne­ment — so­me­thing she re­turns to with Co­lette.

SHE’S NOT NOSTALGIC

9. She doesn’t know why she’s of­fe­red so ma­ny per­iod films — “I think I just look good in ve­ry big dresses,” she said with a laugh. She isn’t some ho­pe­ful time tra­ve­ler who looks at the past through rose-co­lo­red glasses: “And have pleu­ri­sy and die of scar­let fe­ver and have (feces) rol­ling down the floor? No, I think the rea­li­ty of any of those times be­fore pu­blic health and wo­men’s right to choose were pret­ty … bru­tal.”

10. But she tends to find that per­iod films fea­ture more in­ter­es­ting fe­male cha­rac­ters who aren’t just win­dow dres­sing or ex­ploi­ta­tion fod­der. “A lot of the cha­rac­ters that I’ve been of­fe­red — which doesn’t mean that that’s the on­ly cha­rac­ters out there in mo­dern-day

8. to gar­ner pu­blic ac­claim être plé­bis­ci­té / soc­cer = foot­ball (GB) / Bend It Like Beck­ham (VF) Joue-la comme Beck­ham / hou­se­hold name nom connu de tous, cé­lèbre / to be cast être choi­si (pour un rôle, pour jouer dans) / meanw­hile pa­ral­lè­le­ment / to earn ga­gner; ici, se faire / Pride and Pre­ju­dice (VF) Or­gueil et Pré­ju­gés / to bring, brought, brought ici, va­loir / Ato­ne­ment (VF) Re­viens-moi.

9. to look at sth through rose-co­lo­red glasses voir qqch. en rose, sous un jour op­ti­miste / scar­let fe­ver scar­la­tine / feces (US) = faeces (GB) ex­cré­ments / health san­té / pret­ty ici, plu­tôt.

10. to fea­ture com­prendre, com­por­ter / win­dow dres­sing po­tiche / fod­der ici, su­jet, ma­tière / pieces — have ei­ther been the wife, the girl­friend or the sexy rape vic­tim,” she said. “I’m all up for a sto­ry if it’s real­ly loo­king at rape and the conse­quences — but what I felt with some of the sto­ries I was of­fe­red was it was pu­re­ly for ti­tilla­tion.”

11. As­ked if she’s felt an in­crea­sing sense of po­wer in the in­dus­try as she’s aged, the ac­tress said she’s no­ti­ced in the last five years that “people think I’m good at what I do.” “Whe­reas be­fore, it was like, ‘She’s just a pret­ty face and she can’t do that,’ “said Knight­ley, who was no­mi­na­ted for a se­cond Os­car in 2014 for her sup­por­ting turn in The Imi­ta­tion Game. “There’s been a switch, and I feel quite good about that. There was a mo­ment where it didn’t feel like that was gon­na hap­pen.”

Opiece ici, film / rape viol / to be up for être par­tant pour / ti­tilla­tion émous­tille­ment, ex­ci­ta­tion. 11. in­crea­sing crois­sant, gran­dis­sant / sense sen­ti­ment / in­dus­try ici, in­dus­trie ci­né­ma­to­gra­phique / to no­tice re­mar­quer, consta­ter / turn ici, rôle / switch ici, tour­nant / gon­na = going to.

(Ro­bert Vi­glas­ky)

Kei­ra Knight­ley in Wash West­mo­re­land’s Co­lette.

(Ro­bert Vi­glas­ky)

Kei­ra Knight­ley as Co­lette and Do­mi­nic West as Willy in Co­lette.

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