Actress Keira Knightley wanted to quit films after getting diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in her early 20s. In an interview with The Sunday Times’ Style, Knightley said, “I did think about it. Particularly at the point when I had a breakdown. I had PTSD and panic attacks. I literally couldn’t work for a year and I didn’t know whether there would be an end to that.”
But it was Knightley’s friends and family who supported her through thick and thin and helped her to battle the low period. “I have a super-solid background and thank f**k for that. My family and my small, but very close, group of friends just wrapped me up. And I think without that it would have been a very different story.
I knew I always had somebody who didn’t want anything from me, to cuddle me. Ultimately, I didn’t want them (the media and paparazzi) to win. The only thing I want to do is make films.”
Knightley found herself propelled into the limelight at the age of just 17, following her breakthrough role in the 2002 hit Bend It Like Beckham, and was given an Oscar nod for Best Actress, four years later, after starring in Pride and Prejudice. By 23, she was reportedly the ‘second-highest-paid woman in Hollywood’, but her success came at a price, as she suffered a breakdown at 22 following a “very intense and lonely” period, reported dailymail.co.uk – IANS