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Carey Mulligan, Far from the Maddening Crowd

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Carey Mulligan looks all kinds of beautiful in Far From the Madding Crowd.

Unfortunately, the period wardrobe wasn't always so comfy—or safe!

"I had a lot of horse riding to do in corsets," Mulligan told E! News last night at the movie's premiere in NYC. "That's not easy at all. I also got thrown off my horse [while] wearing a corset and landed badly. I could not sort of fold up because I was wearing this corset so I landed straight on my head. Also, running up and down hills is sort of exhausting."

At the end of the day, she added, "when you take it off, you feel this enormous release."

But the corsets weren't all bad.

Carey Mulligan, Far from the Maddening Crowd

Fox Searchlight Pictures

"My waist is definitely not naturally that small," Mulligan said. "Two people had to reign me into them…I kind of like it because it's helpful for the character because you walk different and you stand up straight. I have terrible posture."

The movie, based on the classic Thomas Hardy novel of the same name, concerns Bathsheba Everdene, a woman in Victorian England being courted by three men played by Michel Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts and Tom Sturridge.

"You're playing with the best of the best," Schoenaerts said of his co-stars. "They are true artists…They bring a lot to the table, have an enormous imagination [and] are very generous. It was a very playful creative process. I could only feel blessed working with them."

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, Far From the Madding Crowd opens in select theaters on May 1.