Famously private Keira Knightley did something hugely out of character.
She joined Twitter, though only for 12 hours, before she deleted her account, admitting that being part of the social networking site made her feel like she was standing in a ‘school playground’.
The British actress, 28, apparently started off her online experiment by setting up a fake account under a fake name, but ended up deleting it after just half a day.
“It made me feel a little bit like being in a school playground and not being popular and standing on the sidelines kind of going, ‘Argh’.”
On whether she thought not having a Twitter account added to her image of being a “haughty” actress, Knightley told the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar:
“No, I think that’s fine. I like being private. I haven’t asked a lot of the actresses who I really admire, ‘How do you do it?’ because I don’t want to know.
“Maybe I’m childish in that way; I just don’t want to know about your life.”
Knightley went on to discuss the recent shift in people’s attitudes towards feminism.
“I think it's great, what's happening at the moment, I think it's great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had, as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, 'Oh, f**king shut up',” she said.
“Somehow, it became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it's great we're coming out of that.”
But, she admitted the film industry still had a “really long way to go”.
“I don't think that anybody can deny that, really, and I think as much as you are getting more women playing lead roles, they're still pretty few and far between.”
Knightley hits the big screen on 31 January 2014, when she stars opposite Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The February issue of Harper’s Bazaar is out on 2 January.
The top 10 Twitter gaffes of 2013
The top 10 Twitter gaffes of 2013
1/10 In at number 10: After an interview with the MP Rachel Reeves, Newsnight producer Ian Katz thought she was ‘snoring boring’. Unfortunately, he published this opinion to the world on Twitter
2/10 David Cameron was embarrassed by revelations that his official Twitter account followed news from a high class escorts agency – he quickly stressed that he did not manage the list of accounts personally
3/10 The Tory MP Gavin Barwell objected to an internet advert to ‘date Arab girls’ that he thought was included in a Labour press release. It was actually popping up via Google based on his own ‘interests’
4/10 Burger King’s official Twitter account was hacked earlier this year, and a series of embarrassing posts followed (such as this one). The issue was not fixed for several hours
5/10 It emerged this year that Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, followed the account of a 'library for hot sex books in the Persian language'
6/10 The designer Kenneth Cole, not a stranger to controversy, decided to cash in on the Syrian crisis by making a joke about getting troops into the country. He tweeted: “Boots on the ground' or not, let's not forget about sandals, pumps and loafers. #Footwear”
7/10 Cereal brand Kelloggs was forced to apologise this year after it seemed to want to turn a crisis of vulnerable children into an opportunity to increase its social media reach
8/10 Cricket Australia was accused of ‘casual racism’ after tweeting this photograph of four Sikh men dressed as Teletubbies with the message: “Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up?!”
9/10 The 9-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” actress Quvenzhané Wallis was universally adored at the Oscars at the start of this year – prompting the satirical news website The Onion to tweet that she was ‘kind of a c***’. It later apologised and promised to review its social media policy
10/10 The most shocking Twitter gaffe of the year was surely this series of tweets from the recipe and cooking advice website Epicurious. It tried to use the Boston Bombing as a marketing hook to get people to read about cranberry scones – and later apologised only for ‘seeming’ offensive.