Keira Knightley Reveals The Reason She Wore That Weird Newsboy Hat In ‘Love Actually’


Love Actually. A holiday classic that’s right up there with The Fugitive, Liar Liar, and Shawshank Redemption in my Mount Rushmore of ‘Endlessly Watchable Movies That Are Always On TV.’ It also may be the only movie that me and my girlfriend don’t need to make a Venn Diagram to decide if both of us have enough mutual interest to watch it. This movie may have single-handedly saved our relationship.

In any event, it’s been almost 15 years since the release of the Christmas-themed romantic comedy. During its release in 2003, Keira Knightly, now 33, was just a teenager–which is kind of weird seeing as she played the role of a married woman who was creepily pursued by the best friend of her husband.

In one of the movie’s most memorable scenes (the one where Knightley finds out her husband’s best friend was solely filming her during their entire wedding like a Grade A stalker) Knightley is wearing a blue newsboy hat. This has always struck me as bizarre, but if anyone can pull off a weird hat, it’s Keira Knightley.

Welp, earlier this week, Knightley appeared on BBC Radio 1 and revealed that the hat was never intended to be worn.

“Do you know why the hat was there? I had a massive spot in the middle of my forehead. This is the problem with being 17 and being in films. It was humongous. We had to find a hat to cover it. There was no lighting, there was no makeup that was going to cover it.”

“It’s funny how you just remember extreme embarrassment. I remember coming in in the morning, being like, ‘Oh wow, I’ve got another head on my head. What are we going to do?’ There’s nothing we can do about this. But there is, because you can always put a hat over it!”

“I was actually very grateful for that hat,” Knightley concluded. “I have a lifetime of gratitude for that hat.”

It’s hard to imagine Knightley going through the same teenage issues as people with pores on their skin. If I were cast in that movie, they would have needed to throw a Jason mask over my melon. Acne, what a cockblock.

[h/t Page Six]

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