Oscar nominees Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) are just two of the many Brits basking in the awards season glow this year. But these regal beauties go way back!
Ten years ago, Knightley and Pike turned heads playing the eldest Bennet sisters, Elizabeth and Jane, in the beloved 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic tale Pride & Prejudice. Other members in the impressive ensemble included a fresh-faced Carey Mulligan, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland and Dame Judi Dench.
Pride & Prejudice was universally praised in the U.K. ahead of its U.S. release, and a then-19 year old Knightley was hopeful the British film would resonate in the States.
“It was so fantastic that it was received so well in England -- obviously it's my home country so I like that but yeah, I just hope people like it here! I’m sure they will, but I hope they do,” Keira, rocking an amazing gold arm cuff, told ET on the red carpet at the 2005 U.S. premiere.
Well, American audiences loved it and the film ended up making more than $121 million at the global box office. It even landed the actress her first Oscar nomination!
At the premiere, Knightley’s co-star Pike was also coming off a whirlwind three years after exploding onto the international scene as Bond girl Miranda Frost in 2002’s Die Another Day, and she changed up her look dramatically on the red carpet.
“I just thought it'd be a good time to have an afro!” Pike, then 26, told ET of her attention-grabbing hairstyle. “Take the curls to the full extreme really.”
Of course, we asked Knightley about the possibility of her stepping in as a Bond girl in the future.
“I don’t think I’ve got the right assets to be a Bond girl. No, I don’t! I’m not tall enough!” the 5’7” actress said.
Pike was far more candid about her experience in the Bond universe, saying with a laugh, “Cause it’s a f**king great ride!”
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