Exclusive: “Was I Not Padme?” Keira Knightley on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Recently, ComingSoon.net got the chance to talk to Keira Knightley about her new film, Misbehaviour, and we couldn’t help but take a few minutes to ask her about one of her first film roles in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. Surprisingly, Keira does not seem to be asked about the film much and admits that she was twelve when they filmed, and she only watched it once when it premiered. In the film, Keira played Sabe, one of Queen Amidala’s most important handmaidens. She later becomes a decoy, taking over the queen’s throne while Amidala dresses down and goes by the less formal name Padme. You can check out the interview now in the player below, and rent or purchase Knightley’s new movie Misbehaviour by clicking here!
Misbehaviour boasts an all-star cast including Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game, Pride & Prejudice), BAFTA Film Award nominee Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Morning Show, Black Mirror), BAFTA Film Award nominee Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Judy), BAFTA TV Award nominee Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, The Durrells), BAFTA Film Award winner Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey, Secrets & Lies), Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville (Ordinary Love, Phantom Thread) BAFTA TV Award winner Rhys Ifans (The King’s Man, Notting Hill), and Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear (Frankie, As Good as It Gets). A witty yet heartfelt film, Misbehaviour was directed by multiple BAFTA Award-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe and written by Rebecca Frayn and BAFTA Scotland Award nominee Gaby Chiappe.
In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favorite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.
Misbehavior opens on VOD everywhere September 25 from Shout! Studios.
Exclusive: "Was I Not Padme?" Keira Knightley on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace