London: Actress Kiera Knightley says she has become a calmer person now as she does not check others' opinions about her online. The 29-year-old 'Imitation Game' star said she used to read a lot about herself online till a few years back and the criticism over her looks used to affect her mentally, reportedly.
"Everything up to 25 I was pretty neurotic and taking everything far too seriously. I found it difficult to step back from it and I was taking it very personally. "Partly because as an actor you don't want necessarily that thicker skin, and I couldn't figure how to be open emotionally and yet get a thick enough skin so that things didn't hurt," she said.
Knightley added she has become confident about her personality and has accepted she cannot change people's perception about her. "I don't know if it was a chemical thing, a certain kind of realisation that it really didn't matter, and a sudden realisation of what you have control of and you don't.
"I don't Google myself, that was the problem before 25. Not that I did it all the time, but I certainly saw enough to say, 'Oh, you shouldn't look'. I mean, you don't need to look, it is not helpful," she said.