Keira Knightley’s battle with PTSD makes us understand being a celebrity or being famous doesn’t mean your life is perfect, especially if you are a Hollywood star.
Keira’s role in Pirate of the Caribbean, and Bend it like Beckham set her among one of the best Hollywood stars, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that she is having a difficult time trying to stay regular.
PTSD is no joke, and the actress’s story behind the scene tells a lot about it.
The actress explained in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter “That run of films was completely insane. 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. And, also, I was aware that I didn’t know what I was doing, you know?” she also stated that “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.”
Many individuals go through mental breakdowns and cover up this part of their lives with “I’m fines” and smiles, despite the positions they occupy in the society.
Voicing out takes a lot of courage, and that goes a long way in helping individuals with mental health disorder heal.
Keira Knightley is one of such individuals who aren’t afraid to tell her story and how she is winning her battle against PTSD.
She took a year off the movie scene to get all the help needed to heal the right way after she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder when she had a mental breakdown at 22.
According to the actress “I went deep into therapy, and all of that, and [the therapist] said, ‘It’s amazing—I normally come in here and have people that think people are talking about them, and they think that they’re being followed, but actually they’re not,” she recalled. “You’re the first person that actually that is happening to!'”
The actress is getting better as she is taking up on more acting jobs and looking forward to doing more projects including the release of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms on November 2. She is also taking these new steps in happier and healthier state.
Her fans are more than happy for her and can’t wait to see her latest works.
According to Keira, “I think the main thing that I’m very proud of myself for is 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 assured. “I want to get better, and I’m not saying that there’s not a ways to go—I want to keep learning and keep pushing myself—but I’m in a good place where I feel pretty confident about what I can do.”
Kudos on being strong.