Keira Knightley for Interview Magazine

Posted on April 03, 2012

Maybe we’ll start doing “mid-day fierce” posts to go along with the “end of the day pretty” posts. We’re thinking many of the Precious Unborn Fawns among our readers could do with a shot of fierce right around the time of day they start slumping.

So in that vein, darlings, here’s your shot or mid-day fierce, Keira Knightley, eye-fucking a camera.

Keira Knightley featured in the April 2012 issue of Interview magazine photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and styled by Karl Templer.








It’s like flipping through a late ’80s Vogue; all red lips, eyebrows, big shoulders and face, face, FACE.

[Photo Credit: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for]

Please review our Community Guidelines before posting a comment. Thank you!

  • DaringMiss

    Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

    I want it all!

  • kingderella

    jeez! never had much of an opinion on her either way, but this is fierce as fuck!

    • Jill_3

       I was about to say “hot as shit”, but you’re so right. It’s fierce as fuck. DRAG QUEEN SNAPS!

  • J D

    The clothes are heinous, but I am enjoying the Robert Palmer vibe.  Her face and hair are pretty amazing.  Also, the fact that she’s gorgeous doesn’t hurt.  I’m not sure many other people could sell the Night Porter look as effectively.

  • luciaphile

    I can’t stand her as an actress, but these are great pics!

    • Nahum

       Your loss. She has done some pretty phenomenal work.

      • luciaphile

        The only thing I’ve ever liked her in was Bend It Like Beckham. She shouts a lot in most of the things I’ve seen her in. Occasionally the role calls for it, more often then not it doesn’t. But these pictures are great.

      • Emily Guillory

         Like Domino…love that movie.

        • MilaXX

           oh now I don’t dislike her but I thought she was awful in Domino. All “mah nayum is DOM- a noe”

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      Completely agreed; I find her acting mediocre, but she sure can model.

    • CozyCat

      But you gotta admit:  it takes talent to star in “Pride and Prejudice” and THEN do a photo shoot like this.  You couldn’t have two more different views of woman-hood.

    • CozyCat

      But you gotta admit:  it takes talent to star in “Pride and Prejudice” and THEN do a photo shoot like this.  You couldn’t have two more different views of woman-hood.

      • Ashenput

        Objection! Elizabeth was fierce as HELL.

        • CozyCat

          Oh, yeah.  Elizabeth is “fierce.”  But it’s a completely different kind of “fierce.”  I mean, can you imagine the woman in these photos worrying about “decorum?” 

          My point was simply that by portraying too such different women, Knightley is demonstrating her actiing chops.

        • CozyCat

          Oh, yeah.  Elizabeth is “fierce.”  But it’s a completely different kind of “fierce.”  I mean, can you imagine the woman in these photos worrying about “decorum?” 

          My point was simply that by portraying too such different women, Knightley is demonstrating her actiing chops.

  • Spicytomato1

    Every detail oozes authentic 80s cool. She reminds me of a Robert Palmer girl.

  • Judy_J

    Unbridled fierceness.  Refreshing change from the boredom that was the Cat Deeley post.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    If I had never seen Kiera point that same face at camera for every emotion in her every movie, I would like this. 

  • AlexisPayne

    I always want to dislike her, but she is so f–king beautiful it kills me. Great face, gorgeous, love.

  • foodycatAlicia

    I wish they’d fuck off with the cigarette as code for edgy. These pictures do NOT need it. Never thought I’d see miss Keira channel Grace Jones fierceness.

    • miagain

      Just imagine her huddling outside some office building, looking miserable while she puffs away… edgy just flies out the window!!

    • Ennovi_R


    • librarygrrl64


    • DCSheehan

      No picture needs it. Cigarettes aren’t edgy. They’re sad. And stupid.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Stick with what you know, and Kiera knows fierce!  Bitch always gives good face, though this is the only face she ever gives.

  • DominoEstella

    I have always thought she was a stunning beauty.  I know a lot of folks that don’t agree, but she is just gorgeous in my eyes.

  • Charlotte Horseman

    LOVE this!  So cool to see her looking something very other than old english period drama…

  • ImageIsImportant

    That second pic is SOOOOO Cindy Crawford! Headed to the mirror now to try and practice such faces.

  • Julie Hofer

    i’m not even a fan, but LOVE.

  • Dawn Sinclair

    I am LOVING this!

  • Bridget Smith

    LOVE IT. She went from someone I loved to someone I hated and then straight back to love. I want to hate the cigarette one, but damn if that isn’t my favorite.

  • Trisha26

    That’s her acting style too – angry, pouty, clenched jaw. 

    • Nahum

       Yes! I’m sure her phenomenal work in Pride and Prejudice, atonement and last night was all angry, pouty and clenched jaw. Do you people sometimes listen to the things you say? or are you so consumed with hate that rationality is an ancient as dinosaurs? smh

      • luciaphile

        Actually I was thinking of her performance in P&P when I commented initially. Horrible. I think Ms Knightley has a fair amount of natural talent. I’m not sure she has honed that as well as she could have. Instead, like a number of movie stars, she’s relied on tricks like the pouty mouth and the clenched jaw. Kind of like Julia Roberts and her five facial expressions. I get frustrated with people like KK because there is something there to begin with, but they only seem to scratch the surface of it. 

        I do, however, LOVE these pics.

  • Susan Crawford

    Great styling! And a really authentic, louche 80’s era vibe. I had no idea that the normally sort of prissy-looking Knightley had the goods to make a tough-ass shoot like this work, but she did.

  • Heather McIlrath

    oh. my. sweet lord. this is FIERCE. keira is letting the camera HAVE IT.

  • another_laura

    I’ve never seen her look like this before, so brava Keira!

  • Jolene Barnett

    Am I the only one seeing a young Winona Ryder here? Esp. in the third shot.

    • Bridget Smith

      Oh no, DEFINITELY. But I thought that was because I just watched Reality Bites, so I’m glad to have corroboration!

  • TieDye64

    Damn, this is freaking fierce! I’m loving the hell out of it. 

  • ChaCha_70

    Those cheekbones! To die!

  • Judy S

    So the Balenciaga peplum is a piece by itself, independent of  the Blazer? Does it come attached to a belt, or do you sew it on at home?
    She does look scary, in a good way.

  • JennaMarieS

    DAMN GIRL. If magazine shoots could get a ‘WERQ’, this would have to be one! FIERCE!

  • TonyGo

     Patrick Nagel posters come to life!  Love.

  • random_poster

    She could be that girl in the Nagel poster. Fab!!!

    • TonyGo

       Jinx, you owe me a Coke!

      • random_poster

        LOL!!!  Virtual Coke being passed to you right now.

    • Sarah Thomas

      Dammit, got here before I did.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    I don’t really like her, but this is impressive.  Getting almost a Linda Evangelista fierceness here.

  • PeaceBang

    All fierce aside, I am totally baffled by the last photo with the Chanel jacket. A one-shouldered leather jacket? That, plus KK’s extreme thinness, makes for a bizarrely discomfiting image: it almost looked to me like half a woman. Arresting, wot? 

  • Alli

    Can you believe that there was a time when she was considered the poor man’s Natalie Portman? Talk about presence. Damn.

  • Laurie Bergman

    “It’s like flipping through a late ’80s Vogue; all red lips, eyebrows, big shoulders and face, face, FACE.” That says it ALL right there…perfect.

    • merciblahblah

      Yup – as I was scrolling down, I was thinking, it’s like 1987, all cheekbones and heavy eyes and dark lips and I LOVE IT. 

  • joe_tey83

     A professional supermodel couldn’t have done a better job than this.

  • oatmealpie

    Those cheekbones are a deadly weapon.

  • LJoRey

    Kind of like the Nagel posters that were in all the Deck the Walls stores in the 80s. I like.

  • EditKitten

    I jumped in my chair a little bit when I scrolled down to that full cover and saw her eyes. Fan-fucking-tastic.

  • leah besson

    she bugs.  but she looks good here

  • SapphoPoet

    She looks like she’s from that Robert Palmer video, Addicted to Love. 

  • Calinda_L

    Most of the time when actresses (or models, for that matter) are featured in a really strong look (i.e., with a lot of makeup and styling), they seem to just fade behind the look and are barely recognizable. Not Keira Knightley! I love that she looks fierce as shit, but still looks like herself. Kudos to her for giving great face (and to the mag for not styling her out of her face).

  • DeborahLipp

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  • Cortney Dean

    The camera should be paying her for giving it that much fierceness to work with. Dang.

  • a Studio by the Sea

    Ready to be a vampire queen or a replicant.  The Knightley is so butch. I’ve always thought Portman was her weak and victim playing little shadow.  But I’ve liked Keira ever since POTC1 when during an interview she said something about how the movie would appeal to everyone who wanted to be a pirate when they were little and the interviewer questioned whether little girls ever wanted to be pirates.  Her eyes widened with outrage and she said “ESPECIALLY the little girls!”

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m not a fan of shiny leather in these quantities but they sure brought the drama!

    And the cigarette was inspired, it fits in so well that it’d be a cliche except that almost nobody will let themselves be photographed smoking any more, even if they really are smokers.

    She really is a wee slight thing, isn’t she?  Not just skinny. (I know she claims 5′ 7″ officially but she always looks smaller to me.)

  • RebeccaKW

    Bitch is fierce.  Thought I could do without the cigarette.

  • Sara__B

     Her face is made for black&white photography.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Very, very 80s. In a good way. She’s WERQing the camera like her life depends on it.

  • rainwood1

    She lost me at the cigarette.  

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    You werq that 80’s dominatrix shit, Keira! 

    And put this stylist on retainer – I’ve never seen you looking this smoking hot before.

  • Tadiana

    Who is this person and what has she done with my Elizabeth Bennet?

  • Delysia LaFosse

    She photographs so beautifully in black and white. The shot in Balenciaga is especially great.

  • Laura

    Not a fan, but have to admit, this is pretty dang fierce, except for the 3rd picture which is just weird…

    • kimmeister

      The blazer in the 3rd pic is just so HUGE!

  • Amy Ellinger

    No words….except that that camera is going to be doing one heckuva walk of shame in the morning….

    J’Adore Kiera!!!!!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I’m getting Madonna from that last pic.
    She looks amazing here.

  • jjfg

    Damn.  Fierce!!!

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Love.  She is giving serious fierce bitch face.  

  • unbornfawn

    This girl ain’t playing. 

  • marilyn

    She is very scary, but I think that is what they were going for.  

  • MilaXX

    and the soundtrack to this shoot is “Addicted to Love”.

    • Lisa


  • Synnamin

    I can’t stand her, but I gotta admit, girlfriend is WERQING IT.

  • Veronika Kaufmann

    she acts with her teeth. 

    • Paula Berman

       A Dangerous Method was all about her teeth.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Any movie that gives me Viggo and M. Fassbender gets a thumbs up from me!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Any movie that gives me Viggo and M. Fassbender gets a thumbs up from me!

  • Alyssa Caruso Ivins

    i just wish she’d actually pull out the fierce on the red carpet.

  • Karen

    What is with the cigarettes on these shoots all the time, is it supposed to be sexy? edgy? That aside she looks fabulous.

  • Hhhope

    Girl is blazin’ it! Work that shit, K!

  • Lilithcat

    LOVE the one of her wearing BALENCIAGA BY NICOLAS GHESQUIERE with the ciggie dangling.

    But I think her cheeks must hurt from being sucked in.

    • poggi

      That’s my favorite as well. She seemslike a modern Lauren Bacall in it.

  • portlandmermaid

    Wow! I love the open lapel in the 4th pic. She could lose the cig and still look great. 
    Not a fan of the airing out my crotch pictures.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I love her hair in that last photo.  Way to go.

  • Lisa

    OMG, so un-freaking-believably fabulous!!!  I may as well be sitting in my dorm room in 1986, trying to figure out how to copy her makeup!

  • ballerinawithagun

    Female Zoolander at its best! Lose the cigarette, her lips are enough!

  • Celebrate the Odd

    LOVE IT!!!

  • elzatelzabelz

    Wow. She’s really great in these photos.

  • VioletFem

    She looks pretty fierce in all these shots. Plus this editorial is a really good example of an actress who really knows how to model. Side note: the 2nd pic and the last pic are somewhat reminiscent of Rooney Mara.

  • ri_dic

    Could have done without the cigarette.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    *applause*  *wolf whistles*  *more applause*  *a bit of foot stomping*  *more applause*

    Excellent work Ms Knightley.

  • guest2visits

    love all these pics, but the last profile shot is the most evocative; her face as sharp as the moon, the rich dark flip of hair.
     I want hair like that.   And maybe one of those jackets.

  • Sophie Collier

    She looks like a Nagel painting in that last shot.  VERY 80’s!

  • Winterhart

    omg.  I love Keira, and LOVE this!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    That cover shot is giving off a Helena Bonham Carter vibe-quite fierce, and quirky, too.

    • unbornfawn

      I see it too!

  • Taylor

    In that first one, she looks like Helena Bonham Carter, but FIERCE.

  • Jessica Pippin

    She is fabulous. 

  • emily mcginnis

    she’s great in print. i just can’t stand her acting. 

  • sweetestsith

    I love her face. All of it. She pouts too much sometimes, but her bone structure makes me swoon. Fierce as hell, and oh so hot in these pictures.

  • understateddiva

    Ok, what exactly is happening with the last pic??  She looks like she has a four-inch waist!  It’s confusing me.

  • RzYoung

    Wow! What an awesome look for her. Love it.

  • Truthiness2U

    Is it that really is physically incapable of closing her mouth, or what? It bugs me. It bugs me when I watch her in movies, and now here again in these pictures. 

    Whatever, mouth breather. 

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Fierce doesn’t begin to describe it!

  • FayeKat

    I don’t know about the clothes, but i LOOOOVE the face.
    Give us more fierce, fierce is never boring!!

  • VicksieDo

    Oh the FIERCE!  Wow

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Oh my, I think I just turned a little bi!

  • Micaela Cannon

    I wish I could make these faces in real life and not have people think I was crazy.

  • juliamargaret

    Way to glamorize the cancer sticks, Keira. 

  • Diego!

    WOW! I’m speechless… in a good way! :)

  • AlieMichelle

    I adore her, I really do.

  • Rebecca

    Best she’s looked in ages, in my opinion. Right on, Knightley.

  • Emily

    Love it.  She looks so amazing!

  • bluefish

    Such a beautiful creature.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    She is so beautiful, and this photo shoot really shows off those cheekbones.  Gorgeous!

  • asmith

    Might as well face you’re addicted to gloves.

  • ccm800

    She is about the best of the lot for actress goes model.

  • quiltrx

    Ugh.  I just really can’t stand her.  The only picture I really like is the last one, I imagine because she’s in profile.

  • Sunshine16

    Love huh!

  • pokokpuding

    Eye fucking is absolutely spot on.

  • Shawn EH

    She’s every Roxy Music album cover.

  • Thundar99

    It’s uncanny to me how much she looks like vintage Winona Ryder! 

  • Stacy

    Fucking Fierce as SHIT.

  • Vic

    Best cheekbones in the business.

  • frankystein123

    I dislike the third pic, but the rest? FIERCE.

  • Dannis Thornton

    YOW. She is about to be ECLIPSED at the speed of light by Jamie Dornan. She will just be a spark of light when he streaks by. To quote a saying accredited to the old Sicilian Mafiosi: “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”