Teen actress Keira Knightley was miserable after working with JOHNNY DEPP - because she liked him so much she found it impossible to maintain a crush on him.

The skinny Brit teamed up with eccentric heart-throb Depp for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, and admits she had to give up a few dearly-held preconceptions when they met.

She says, "Obviously I was in love with him. Until I met him. And then I thought, 'No, he's too cool. He's just Johnny.'

"That's the problem with this profession: you meet people and you're going, 'God! They're so fit!' and then you can't anymore because you realise they're a person and not just a poster.

"It get embarrassing. You feel like a stalker."

09/10/2003 21:23