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Keira Knightley Praises Matthew Macfadyen’s Performance in “Succession” Following His Role in “Pride & Prejudice”

Keira Knightley Praises Matthew Macfadyen's Performance in "Succession" Following His Role in "Pride & Prejudice"

Keira Knightley is a huge fan of the show “Succession” and has nothing but praise for her former costar, Matthew Macfadyen, who won an Emmy for his role as Tom Wambsgans. The two have appeared on screen together three times, most notably in the 2005 movie “Pride & Prejudice,” in which Knightley played Elizabeth and Macfadyen was Mr. Darcy. When speaking to POPSUGAR about her new movie “Boston Strangler,” Knightley couldn’t help but express her admiration for Macfadyen.

“I’ve been unbelievably lucky to work with Matthew three times,” she said. “He is such a joy. He is so funny. His performance in ‘Succession’ — I’m going to use a big word here — it’s genius.” Her costar Carrie Coon, also a fan of the show, added, “He’s extraordinary.” Knightley agreed, saying, “He’s so funny. I’m so unbelievably happy for him. He is one of the nicest men in the world and what a talent. I’m always reaching for him. If I see him in something, I’m reaching for him. He’s wonderful.”

Knightley and Coon star together in “Boston Strangler,” playing real reporters Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole, respectively, who broke the story of the Boston Strangler murders in the 1960s. Knightley said she had never heard of these journalists before and was amazed by their accomplishments. “Their careers were extraordinary,” she said. “The fact that they were doing it when they had children at home, and they still managed to be extraordinary career women, extraordinary journalists, and great mothers is an amazing thing.”

Both actresses want to find more chances to tell stories of impactful women but admit it’s difficult. Coon said, “The ones we know about are the ones that have been told. And so it’s hard to even know where to begin to look to find those women because they’re so underexplored.” She added that she’s always on the lookout for books about them.

When it comes to costumes, Coon said that the period skirts for “Boston Strangler” spun around on her, so she had to add silicon pieces to keep them in place. Knightley and Coon have both starred in many period dramas, including Knightley’s “Pride & Prejudice” and Coon’s current show “The Gilded Age.”

Watch the video above for more from Knightley and Coon about their new movie “Boston Strangler,” which streams on Hulu on March 17.


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