There are a million reasons to love Keira Knightley, from her unwavering class to her outspoken stance against photoshop to her flawless acting skills and beautiful smile, but she gave us another reason when she spoke out about her experience in high school when she brought her “best mate,” a girl, to prom.
“I fucking hated high school,” says Knightley, “I wouldn’t revert to high school ever. I don’t know, I’m not that kind of gal. Teenage girls and that scream pitch, even when I was a teenage girl, I was like, ‘Ugh, I really don’t like this,’ so that’s never been my place in time.”
But while in high school in 2002, Knightley was also filming the iconic soccer film Bend it Like Beckham, the tale of a deep friendship between Keira Knightley’s character and an Indian girl and the flourishing of their friendship in the face of racism and other issues. It was after a day of shooting this film that Knightley showed up late for the prom in leather pants and a crop top,” and her female date, who “had a black tie with ripped jeans on.”
Their unconventional attire was not appreciated by the high school staff. “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,” says Knightley.
Knightley, who identifies as straight, also admitted to kissing her date for their prom photos, but the school administration did not take kindly to that either. “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.”
“Our photograph, though, wasn’t allowed — you know when you get up and, I don’t know if this is [how it 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.”
The 29-year-old actress does not seem to agree that her photo was inappropriate though, and has shown a lot of support for the LGBT community. In fact, she even expressed interest in the idea of starring in a sequel to Bend it Like Beckham with a lesbian plotline. The film has been rumored to have been originally intended to be about a lesbian romance to begin with, and was simply changed to a tale of friendship before filming. “I’d love to see Jules and Jess get together. Hey, maybe we can do a sequel and make it happen!”