Our Cover Girl Keira Knightly Was A Gem To Work With

Cover star and longtime friend of ELLE, Kiera Knightly has our full support

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Actress Keira Knightly has been the subject of some heavy criticism in the press over the last week, after film director John Carney slated her in a controversial interview in the Independent.

The comments that the Begin Again director made centred on the difficulty he felt he experienced working with Keira.

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Some of the more controversial quotes from the interview went along the lines of: 'Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it's very hard to get any real work done' and 'Keira's thing is to hide who you are and I don't think you can be an actor and do that.'

Since these comments were made, though, there has been an outpouring of support for the British actress.

And, significantly, from ELLE contributor Mark Smith, who interviewed Keira Knightley for the March 2015 issue of the magazine:

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Speaking to ELLE's Creative Director, we can attest to the fact that Keira was one of the loveliest and most professional stars that we've had the pleasure of working with - gracious, patient and amenable to the pressures of a cover and interview shoot. 

Luckily, John Carney has since apologised for his ill-advised comments, so let's hope this debate is put to bed quickly.

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