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A dramatic heroine in haute couture and in costume as Anna Karenina, Keira Knightley talks about her upcoming marriage—and playing the role of a lifetime.
Keira Knightley is drinking herbal tea in a downtown New York apartment so meagerly furnished that a dance troupe could polka through it without missing a step. Bare walls, bright-orange sofa, a single, corporate-looking armchair: Even for a short-term rental it is ridiculously spartan. Most actresses would have been on to their agents in five minutes. Not Keira. In town to film Can a Song Save Your Life?, alongside Adam Levine and Mark Ruffalo, she appears full to bursting with an undisguised joy that fills the otherwise empty room.
In May Keira announced her engagement to 29-year-old musician James Righton, of the British indie-rock band Klaxons, whom she began dating last year. Though the couple is committed to guarding their privacy, Keira, like all brides-to-be, cannot hold back from talking about the future and its infinite possibilities. She reclines playfully in the armchair, occasionally flinging a slender arm to make a point or to flick her hair behind her ears. When she bursts into one of her frequent peals of laughter, it is impossible not to laugh with her.