Keira Knightley is out promoting her new film and she’s sharing the story of her high school prom night to do it.
It seems that Knightley is becoming the queen of period pieces and her latest film is no different. The bio pic is inspired by the true story of French Novel Prize winner Colette.
Colette, a farm girl, married a well-known novelist who wrote under the pen-name “Willy.” After her husband gets writer’s block, she was forced to write a semi-autobiographical story called “Claudine.”
After that story became a best-seller, Colette’s husband became obsessed with her writing more under his penname. He even went so far as to lock her in a room until she wrote enough pages for him. Meanwhile, the husband would go off to enjoy multiple affairs and Colette would enjoy the company of other women.
Again, Knightley is out promoting the film and she’s sharing the story of her gay prom date to do it.
If you prefer to read the prom story and not watch/hear it, we’ve got you covered.
Knightley shared with Vulture back in 2014 the exact same story while promoting her earlier film Laggies.
“Vulture: Did you go to your prom?”
“Yeah, I went to prom with my best mate, Emily. We both turned up an hour late, and I’d been filming Bend It Like Beckham, and I turned up in leather pants and a crop top, and she was a model for a while, and she’d been in Paris shooting something, and she turned up as the boy, so she had a black tie with ripped jeans on, and everybody else was completely dressed up, obviously, in that kind of finery, and then we had our picture taken underneath the thing, and she’s kissing me, and we were told that that was disgusting. And one of the teachers took us both aside and said we were never going to come to anything if we didn’t know how to dress appropriately for events like that. So that was my prom. We had a great time!”
“Our photograph, though, wasn’t allowed — you know when you get up and, I don’t know if this is in America, but you collect all the photographs of prom and you buy whatever ones you want. Ours wasn’t allowed to be displayed on that because it wasn’t appropriate.”
Watch Colette! Out in U.S. theaters now!