How the pressure of fame resulted in Keira Knightley’s PTSD diagnose.
Keira Knightley has opened up about her secret post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnose following a mental breakdown at age 22.
In a candid podcast interview this week, the Pirates of the Caribbean star opened up about how her abrupt rise to stardom and hectic working life took a toll on her mental health.
“[It] was completely insane,” she said of her early run of films, with Love Actually coming after Bend It Like Beckham and the first Pirates film. “It’s amazing looking back at it from the outside. You’re like, ‘Whoa, that was hit after hit after hit!’ But from the inside, all you’re hearing is the criticism, really.”
Keira also said her lack of acting training made the situation even more overwhelming. “I didn’t know my trade, I didn’t know my craft. I knew that there was something that worked sometimes, but I didn’t know how to capture that.”
The lack of confidence in her acting abilities, the fact that many of her reviews focused on her looks rather than her actual performance, and the overall media scrutiny eventually led to Keira Knightley’s PTSD diagnose.
“I did have a mental breakdown at 22, so I did take a year off there and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder because of all of that stuff,” she confessed.
Knightley’s “major panic attacks” weighed on her so heavily that she couldn’t even face red carpet when 2007’s Atonement was being recognized for awards—including her BAFTA nomination at age. However, with the help of a therapist and hypnotherapy, she eventually got through her mental crisis.
Now, at 33, the Colette star, her latest role, is more focused than ever and knows what she loves about her job.
“I learned my trade. I did it very publicly, but I have learned my trade, and technically, whatever you need me to do, I can deliver it.” She added: “I’m in a good place where I feel pretty confident about what I can do.”
Keira Knightley’s PTSD diagnose makes us think of only one thing: be careful what you wish for.