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Keira Knightley reveals her all-time girl crush is Kathleen Hanna profiled in The Punk Singer

Keira Knightley reveals her all-time girl crush is Kathleen Hanna profiled in The Punk Singer

Keira Knightley had a quick answer when she was asked recently who she has a girl crush on.

‘I just watched The Punk Singer, the documentary about Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill, so I actually have to go with her. She might be my top girl crush of all time, really. I love a riot grrrl.’

Knightley, playing a singer-songwriter in the new film Begin Again, spoke with The Advocate in an interview posted Friday (11 July) about other the intensity of female relationships in general.

‘Well, female friendships are fucking extraordinary – they don’t have to be sexual to be intense love affairs,’ she says.

‘A breakup with a female friend can be more traumatic than a breakup with a lover. I’ve always been attracted to stories that look at the love-hate complexity of close female friendships. It’s ripe for drama.Did you see Frances Ha? That portrayed a female friendship I really understood.’

Knightley first came to fame in the film Bend it Like Beckham in which her character has an intensely close friendship with a fellow female footballer.

She was asked if the film had originally been envisioned as the two leads as having more than a platonic friendship.

‘ … That would’ve been exciting,’ she says. ‘It also would’ve meant a lot to so many young gay people. I’d love to see Jules and Jess get together. Hey, maybe we can do a sequel and make it happen!’