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Keira Knightley’s job in Love Actually revealed! Richard Curtis confirms Juliet’s profession

It’s been almost 20 years Love actually first hit screens – and there’s no denying it’s become one of the UK’s most loved Christmas movies.

But while fans delight in pouring over every detail of the classic 1990s rom-com every Christmas, there’s one small plot point that director Richard Curtis, 66, has unintentionally kept close to his chest for nearly two decades.

In a new interview with his daughter Scarlett, the award-winning screenwriter has finally addressed the minor issue of Julia’s profession — though he insists it’s already “very clear” from the set design.

Appears on a new one Instagram roll with his eldest child, the father of four revealed that eagle-eyed fans may have already worked out Juliet’s task from one key scene.

Keira Knightley Played Juliet In The 2003 Christmas Movie Love Actually. Pictured Opening The Door To Andrew Lincoln'S Character In The Famous Christmas Carol Scene

Keira Knightley played Juliet in the 2003 Christmas movie Love Actually. Pictured opening the door to Andrew Lincoln’s character in the famous Christmas carol scene

TV writer Scarlett – who has 89,000 Instagram followers – captioned her post: “THE BIG REVEAL – a week ago me and my dad got into a fight because he claimed it was very clear what Keira Knightley’s job in Love Actually was and it was me absolutely disagree.

“I put it to the people and they wanted an answer. Here it is. Merry Christmas.’

Newlywed Juliet is played by Keira Knightley and discovers that Mark, the best friend of her new husband, played by Andrew Lincoln, has a secret crush on her over the course of the film.

After being questioned on camera by his daughter, 27, Richard said: ‘I’m hurt you don’t know. I think it’s very clear from the set design as she’s on the phone with Andrew Lincoln that she’s been an interior decorator for a long time.’

Love Actually Screenwriter And Director Richard Curtis Revealed Julia'S Profession In A Video Interview With Daughter Scarlett Posted To Instagram

Love Actually Screenwriter And Director Richard Curtis Revealed Julia'S Profession In A Video Interview With Daughter Scarlett Posted To Instagram

Love Actually screenwriter and director Richard Curtis revealed Julia’s profession in a video interview with daughter Scarlett posted to Instagram

That said, the director did admit that Juliet’s job was a rather hasty decision leading up to filming that scene where she asks Mark if he has video footage of her wedding.

He continued, “Everyone panicked and said, ‘What room is she calling from?’

“I said, ‘Would she be an interior decorator and so have a lot of swatches and some paint?’ It was an afterthought.’

To prove that Juliet’s profession wasn’t obvious to every viewer, Scarlett popped the question in a poll to her Instagram followers.

1670252131 969 Keira Knightleys Job In Love Actually Revealed Richard Curtis Confirms

1670252131 969 Keira Knightleys Job In Love Actually Revealed Richard Curtis Confirms

The director said Juliet’s job as an interior designer is “very clear” from this set design. Keira’s character Juliet imagined she would call Mark to see if he had any video footage of her wedding

Keira With Husband Chiwetel Ejiofor On Screen

Keira With Husband Chiwetel Ejiofor On Screen

Mark, Andrew Lincoln'S Character, Famously Professes His Love In A Christmas Carol Scene

Mark, Andrew Lincoln'S Character, Famously Professes His Love In A Christmas Carol Scene

Left: Keira with husband Chiwetel Ejiofor on screen. Right: Mark, Andrew Lincoln’s character, famously professes his love in a Christmas carol scene

While Richard was confident that up to 80 percent would have deduced it from the set design, his daughter claimed that a whopping 96 percent had no idea what Juliet would have done for a living.

Scarlett poked fun at her father, revealing that ignorant fans had suggested that Juliet worked in the PR or movie industry based on how many VHS tapes she owned.

Scarlett then jokingly asked how an 18-year-old – Keira Knightley’s age when she took the role – managed to break into such a competitive industry.

Richard Curtis (Left) Pictured With Wife Emma Freud (Right) And Three Of Their Children Spike, 18, Scarlett, 27, And Charlie, 21, In October 2018

Richard Curtis (Left) Pictured With Wife Emma Freud (Right) And Three Of Their Children Spike, 18, Scarlett, 27, And Charlie, 21, In October 2018

Richard Curtis (left) pictured with wife Emma Freud (right) and three of their children Spike, 18, Scarlett, 27, and Charlie, 21, in October 2018

“I have been surprised time and time again [when I hear] that Keira was only 18,’ he joked back. “I feel like her performance is that of a 23-year-old, so she’s had time to settle into that particular craft.”

In delivering her final brutal verdict, Scarlet said, “As a writer, with that character development, [Juliet] didn’t really have an interior life, but only an interior design company.’

“I can’t believe you would say that,” Richard replied jokingly. “I feel like it’s calling in every frame. It says, “I care about interior design.”‘

Elsewhere in the five-minute interview, Richard revealed that Juliet would be the name of Julia Roberts’ character in his 1999 film Notting Hill before it was then changed to Anna Scott.

The director explained that the A-List actress had asked for it to be modified because she didn’t want it to look like she had “insisted it was the same” as hers.

Unsurprisingly, the interview was a hit with followers – who begged the father-and-daughter duo to start their own podcast.

One replied: “THIS SHOULD BE A WHOLE SERIES.”

“Incredible information,” added another. “Wait, this surprises me,” gushed a third.

It comes as the cast of Love Actually reunited for an ABC special hosted by Diane Sawyer last month.

Emma Thomas, 63, was asked if she remembered what she thought when she first saw the 2003 romantic comedy Richard Curtis.

During an ABC special The Laught and Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later presented by the broadcaster, Ms. Thompson said, “Yes. I just sat there watching and thought, “God, this is, uh, it’s quite something out there, isn’t it?”

“And then Hugh came up behind me as we walked out of the theater and said, ‘Correct me if I’m wrong, but is that the most psychotic thing we’ve ever been in?'”

In addition, Richard Curtis told the host that he feels the film contains some key “outdated” moments.

“There are things you would change, but thank goodness society is, you know, changing. So my film is bound to feel outdated at times,” he said.

To which Diane, 76, asked, “What’s the one that makes you shiver?”

Richard admitted that the film’s “lack of diversity” makes him feel “uncomfortable” as he also discusses his boss-employee romances in the film.

“I mean, there are things about the movie, you know, the lack of diversity makes me feel uncomfortable and kind of stupid,” he said.

“You know, I think there are sort of three lots with bosses and people who work for them.”

In the intertwining storylines, Harry (Alan Rickman) has an affair with his secretary, played by Heike Makatsch, while Prime Minister David (Hugh Grant) also romances Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), who is one of his domestic servants.

Meanwhile, writer Jamie (Colin Firth) and his housekeeper Aurélia (Lúcia Moniz) also form a close bond as they spend time together while Jamie works.

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