Keira Knightley just made her official Broadway debut on Thursday in Therese Raquin, an adaptation of Emile Zola’s 1867 novel.
While Keira Knightley showcased her talent, the reviews all seemed to give the play itself a resounding, “Meh.”
Keira Knightley played the title role, which had her stepping into the shoes of a disimpassioned married woman who finds excitement in the arms of her husband’s friend.
Of course, Keira Knightley’s character, Therese, finds chaos and calamity at the end of that path.
Despite the dark nature of the play, Keira Knightley was a very bright spot according to some critics.
For instance, Jesse Green of Vulture said of Keira Knightley’s performance, “She is compelling and articulate, especially when silent, and brings to the morose tale the banked-fire quality that seems to illuminate such material from within.”
The role of Therese Raquin is clearly a challenging one to play, and the switch from big screen to Broadway is obviously like night and day for someone like Keira Knightley.
However, Keira Knightley recently said that it was her new-found motherhood that gave her the courage to try.
She said, “I’ve been offered it a bunch of times and I’ve always gone, ‘Well, this is scary and this is really difficult.’ I still find it terrifying, but why not give it a go.”
Keira Knightley also said, “I’m very grateful to become a mother while doing something this unbelievably difficult, because honestly the worst that could happen is that you fail.”
But that’s okay, because, she added, “Ultimately as long as my kid is all right, everything is fine.”
What do you think of Keira Knightley’s courage to try a new and challenging role on Broadway after years of big screen success?