Who would have thought that Keira Knightley hated high school? In her new film Laggies, the actress takes on the role of a 20-something slacker who desperately wants a break from being a grown-up. In order to take her mind off adulthood for a bit, she befriends a local teen (Chloë Grace Moretz) hanging outside a liquor store, and soon enough she's living like a millennial.
Although Knightley’s character may be happy to head back to her teenage years, the actress would rather avoid revisiting the age of adolescence herself. “I hated high school, and I hated being a teenager,” Knightley revealed when she stopped by InStyle’s portrait studio at the Toronto International Film Festival in a black and white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress.
The chance to portray a character who, unlike Knightley, relished a second shot at the teenage years made the role even more appealing to the actress. “I think that’s why I wanted to do it," she said of the film. "I was like, that’s not me at all—and that’s what was kind of quite fun about it. I just loved playing something that was so different.”
Knightley’s co-star Sam Rockwell isn’t pining to head back to the high school halls anytime soon, either. “I was a big geek,” he said of his teenage years. “I think we’re all geeky in high school—even if we think we’re cool, we’re geeky.”
Rockwell may be accepting of his awkward high school years, but his role as Moretz’s dad in the film took some getting used to. "It's very strange," he said of playing a teenager’s father. “I’m a young, awesome dude, so it’s weird to have a daughter that’s almost a grown woman.”
Watch the trailer below for Laggies, and check out the film in theaters today!