London: Keira Knightley says that her shyness is often mistaken for `bitchiness`.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star admits her fear of meeting people has seen her labeled as cold.
"One of my friends was like, `You turn into an ice queen. What is it? You turn into a bitch’,” the Sun quoted her as saying.
"I don`t mean to look like a bitch, but I get completely paralysed with shyness,” she added.
The actress, who recently split from actor Rupert Friend, blamed her lack of social skills on early success.
"I`d never sat in pubs, been out clubbing, any of the things you normally do I`d bypassed,” she said.