When she signed on to star in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Kaya Scodelario knew she’d have to hold her own in scenes with Johnny Depp – but it was his alter ego Jack Sparrow who really intimidated her.

“I’d already met Johnny, and I was like, ‘OK, I’ve got that out of the way. Now we can get into the work.’ But the second he stepped on set dressed as Jack Sparrow, I just lost it,” confesses the actress, best known for her breakout performance in the British teen drama “Skins” and as Teresa in “The Maze Runner” sci-fi film franchise.

She’s so ambitious and she’s so strong in the face of everything,” Scodelario adds.

“I’ve been working for 10 years now, and I’ve worked with female directors twice in that time – that’s really disappointing,” she says.

“I want to produce something w I will find a female director and writer and we’ll collaborate together, and we’ll really tell a woman’s story that needs to be told, and can be told. It’s exciting to know that doing something like this could give me the possibility to fund something like that.”

Relaxing in a cutout Simone Rocha dress, Scodelario says even though she came of age on the red carpet, it took her a while to develop her own sense of style.