Keira Knightley can’t handle attention

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley finds being recognized hard to handle.

The British actress is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and regularly makes red carpet appearances to promote her latest films.

But when she’s not on promotional duties, dealing with constant attention can be tough.

“I know I can be very… I have an on/off switch and, when I’m doing publicity, I’m absolutely OK, but when I’m not working and people come up to me, I’ve not got the head on to handle that. I don’t give off a nice energy and that makes me feel awkward,” she admitted to the British edition of Elle magazine.

2014 has already seen Keira release two movies; action flick Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and indie drama Laggies. Her next project The Imitation Game, co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is due out at the end of the year and means Keira will be on the press trail once again.

Part of Keira’s reluctance to be recognized is that she finds the public can react awkwardly when they spot her doing day-to-day activities.

“I think it’s dreams and fantasies. People want you to be a specific kind of person and if, in the flesh, you’re not, that can be tremendously disappointing. They can get quite angry, aggressive, be like, ‘Why are you here?’ [when I'm] sitting in a park or cafĂ©,” she sighed.

“The first time, you’re like, ‘Whoa, what was that?’ But then it makes sense; you’re meant to be living on cloud celebrity – of course, that doesn’t exist – and it can be quite annoying for people that you’re trespassing in their world. I don’t like being places where people will notice that I’m an actress and they might find that either exciting or weird.”

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