Corseted period costumes may look sexy on film, but Keira Knightley thinks they're a drag. The 18-year-old Brit actress — who soccer-kicked her way to fame in Bend It Like Beckham — nearly staged a mutiny over those snug-fitting bodices she wore for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Good thing her character, Elizabeth Swann, also objects to corsets, shedding hers ASAP in the movie. "It's funny, because I can't remember a film where they actually say [corsets] are a really uncomfortable thing," Knightley grins. "They are always very ladylike. So it was quite nice to say, 'This is really, really, really painful!'

"It was completely my fault though," she notes, "because I've got this kind of Scarlett O'Hara thing going on in my head, where I thought, 'Let's see how tight we can make the corset. Isn't this fun?' It was fun until I realized that the oxygen deprivation thing isn't a good idea — I couldn't breathe and I was falling down a lot."

Speaking of gasping for air, one of the best parts of her role is kissing handsome co-star Orlando Bloom. "I went into the day when I had to kiss Orlando with an extremely smug smile on my face," she admits. "The only thing that slightly terrified me was that some members of the crew had brought their teenage daughters to see Orlando. I did think that I was going to get killed. I have never had the evil looks in my life that I did from these five girls, when I kissed Orlando Bloom!

"So, to them, I apologize," she laughs. "To all teenage girls out there who are completely in love with Orlando, I'm really sorry — and yes, he's a good kisser."