Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Rosamund Pike were so close on the set of the 2005 film remake of Pride and Prejudice that their sisterly relationship extended off screen, as well as on.
“We had such a ball,” Pike told us. “It felt like the innocent days. We felt like a bunch of sisters and we were like sisters for ages afterwards. Carey, Keira and I used to see each other a lot. Since Carey has become so famous, I don’t see her so much anymore, but there was a time after the film when she would stay with me in LA and we’d all hang out. Or Keira would come round for dinner all the time and we’d try and get together. I think that we all still feel it in some way – it’s just that everyone’s in different countries now.”
Pike – who is soon to launch her first bag collection with LK Bennett, for whom she is currently a campaign star – admits that it’s often difficult to distance acting relationships, whether platonic or otherwise, with real-life connections.
“There’s something very magnetic that happens on set,” she explained. “You have this peculiar chemistry with people based on your characters. The weird thing is that that connection continues after the film. If you’ve played someone’s sister or husband, then that magnetism stays. I always buy a magazine if Carey’s on the cover – it has more resonance for me; I see it in a different way.”