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Keira Knightley likes to keep it real during interviews, and this extends to discussing her past roles.

The British actress was only 12 when she made Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace with director George Lucas, and such a newcomer that her name is actually spelled wrongly as “Kiera Knightley” in the credits.

“I mean, I was 12. I literally don’t remember [it],” she told Total Film. “I remember the headdress being so heavy, it gave me a headache. I really remember the headache from one of the headdresses. And I remember being in the background for such a long time that I’d actually fallen asleep. I was just sitting in a chair, and I was in the background, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I really remember that. But apart from that, I don’t remember anything else about it.”

Knightley also spoke candidly about her experience making the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie in 2003, which would prove to be a real career breakthrough.

“I didn’t anticipate that that would mean that I then would just have an amazing career in Hollywood films afterwards. That’s not where I thought my career was going to be,” she said. “We got left quite alone, because Johnny Depp hadn’t had a commercial success, and a pirate movie hadn’t worked in probably generations, and it was based on a Disney theme park ride. No one was particularly going, ‘This is going to be a big hit.'” So actually, relatively speaking, it was quite a chilled-out set.”

We recently rounded up some of Knightley’s more surprising roles that show she’s more than just a costume drama queen. You can also relive a weirdly impressive moment from her most recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show below.

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By Nick Levine