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Keira Knightley would "150 million%" discourage daughter from acting

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Actress Keira Knightley has said that she would strongly discourage her daughter from going into acting, despite having started at a young age herself.

In an interview with Elle magazine, the 29-year-old actress said "I would 150 million trillion percent be totally discouraging of [my daughter] doing anything like that. I think you need to be, actually, because if the kid is going to do that then they have to do it on their own."

The Bend It Like Beckham star (second picture above) began acting at six years old, starring in commercials and small TV roles.

Then, during the early 90s, as a teenager, she made her first appearance on The Bill and was also cast as Natalie Portman's double in Star Wars.

With Aaron Johnson in Anna Karenina

"I would say teenage years should be done privately. You should be going out and getting unbelievably drunk, getting into ridiculous situations, making mistakes. That's what that time of life is about, and we should do that privately — 1 million trillion zillion percent."

With James McAvoy in Atonement

Despite advocating that teenagers should be allowed to be teenagers, she did reveal that she doesn't regret her own career, which has included starring in Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonement and Anna Karenina to name a few.

In Love Actually

"Saying that, I wouldn't do my life any differently. But having lived through it ... there was a very long time when [interviewers] were all, 'Well, you're a shit actress and you're anorexic and people hate you,' which — for a teenager or somebody in their early 20s — is a very strange thing."

In the interview, Knightley also discussed the lack of women in films:

"There is an under-representation of our stories, just as there is an under-representation of us in politics and in business and everywhere. That's what feminism is [to me] right now — the recognition that we are still not equal."

"I absolutely love guys. I love hanging out around them — well, not all of them, some of them are d*ckheads — but you know, the ones that I love, I love."

"But you have to recognise that the playing field isn't even yet, and it does have to be even. And you can still like clothes."