Keira Knightley Says Her 'Ridiculous' Career Has Been 'All Smoke And Mirrors'

February 6th, 2013 7:32pm EST

Keira Knightley Keira Knightley dazzles on the cover and on the pages of the March issue of Marie Claire magazine.

The Anna Karenina star discusses her acting career, the British royal family and her 'opposites attract' relationship and upcoming wedding to fiance James Righton, who plays keyboards for London-based band Klaxons.

Keira says that the past two years with Righton have been perfect, but it's their differences that have kept them together.

"I'm not someone who listens to a lot of music," she says. "But I get wonderful perspective by being with someone who is less like me than more like me. The way he thinks is something I don't get. We come at things from totally different angles."

Ironically Keira stars alongside Mark Ruffalo and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine in the upcoming Can A Song Save Your Life, about a music industry exec and a rising star.

Keira and James were engaged last May, but don't expect a big wedding.

"I could have six fake weddings. God, that would be expensive," Keira says. "We're not really big-wedding types. I don't need to have all that."

Keira reveals that her parents were also actors but there were times when they were "hugely out of work" and didn't know if they would even be able to keep the family's home; so she doesn't take her job for granted.

"It's a very insecure profession. I've always seen it for what it is. So when I started getting work, it's like this tiny space opened up and I needed to jump in and go with it," she says.

But the Oscar-nominated star doesn't take her own career that seriously.

"My career is on the verge of being ridiculous all the time; it's all smoke and mirrors," she says.

The British actress also talks about royal couple Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge's recent baby news.

"I'm over the moon about the royal baby," she says. "But I really can't mount an argument in favor of monarchy.

"Is that treason? Do I have to turn in my passport?"

Head over to to check out Keira's cover shoot for the magazine. The March issue of Marie Claire hits newsstands Tuesday, February 12th.

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Photo Credits: Photo Credit: Nathaniel Goldberg for Marie Claire

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