The actress challenges herself in her movies

Keira Knightley loves to push herself when she signs up for a new film role.

The pretty actress has appeared in a wide range of features, from 2002 football flick Bend It Like Beckham to uplifting music movie Begin Again, released in 2014.

But Keira – who is expecting her first child with husband James Righton – admits that she’s actually not very good at the skills she’s had to master for each project.

‘I hate karaoke and the only singing I did was sometimes in the shower,’ says Keira, 29.

‘I don’t listen to a lot of music and one of the reasons I wanted to do the film [Begin Again] was because it was a challenge and something completely different for me.

‘The whole thing was out of my comfort zone… I’m not a singer and I didn’t know how to do it.’

The same applies to Keira Knightley‘s footie talents. Even though she’s a fan of the sport, her skills on the pitch appear to have waned over time.

‘I tried [to play] a couple of years ago and it was the most embarrassing thing,’ she explains to The Ticket.

‘I went to the park with a load of mates and I was like, “I can do this, I was in a football movie.”

‘But it was so bad I had to sit down and go, “OK, my skills have gone. It’s fine.”‘

It’s not the first time that Keira Knightley has challenged herself and ended up red-faced.

Back in 2012 the actress revealed how she once tried to speak to Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney but struggled to get her words out.

‘I met him briefly in Ireland on the set of The Jacket,’ she confesses.

‘I managed to say “hello” and “goodbye”. People were digging me in the ribs telling me to say something, but I just couldn’t.

‘He’s the one I completely fall apart over.’

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Anna Francis