Keira Knightley Knows Why People Don't Take Period Dramas Seriously

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Keira Knightley has appeared in many, many period dramas, the latest being Colette, which is currently making the festival rounds. And over the years, she’s become convinced that they aren’t taken seriously because women love em. Just a bunch of girl stuff!


The BBC reported on comments Knightley made at a panel while promoting Colette, a film about the turn-of-the-century French author:

“There’s a negativity around them because predominantly they’re female,” she said at the Toronto Film Festival.

The British star of Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and The Imitation Game is back in period garb in Colette, a biopic of the French novelist.

She said she had often considered swearing off the genre, only to be lured back by strong scripts.

“The strongest characters I’ve found have been in period roles,” said the 33-year-old, whose other films include four entries in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.


Variety reported that Knightley would also be interested in playing Josephine Bonaparte and Florence Nightingale. I will absolutely buy tickets to either movie, or both, because I am a woman and I love period dramas.

Senior Editor, Attic Haunter, Jezebel

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The High Woman In The Castle

I hated Downton Abbey because it was a bunch of rich white people desperately trying to hold onto their wealth without wanting to do anything to change their circumstances, but we were supposed to root for them because they were “nice” to their servants because the servants got one day off a year and this was supposed to be some amazeballs gesture.

(I know I ventured into run-on sentence territory. It was worth it.)