The British actor set out to emulate Meryl Streep but terminated up being portrayed as the next Kate Moss. Now with the tabloid assaults behind her, she talks desire, Leveson and The Lost City of Z
Sienna Miller is captivating company, but as she talks I find myself thinking about Harriet Harman instead. The veteran Labour MP spoke not long ago about the mysteriously elusive timing of a womans prime; when young she is a floozy, too flighty to are serious about, then motherhood casts her to the margins, and by the time her children have grown up she is over the hill. Every woman will recognise the conundrum, but likely none more than Miller.
We last met in 2009, when the actor was approaching the end of her 20 s, and knew all about not being taken seriously. As Jude Laws girlfriend, she had become famous overnight at 21, even before her first big film Alfie was liberated. Blonde and vivacious, shimmering with boho swanks, Miller was a gossip-column daydream, and a series of romances with Rhys Ifans, Josh Hartnett, Jamie Dornan and Balthazar Getty fastened her reputation as a good-time party girl. Imagining she was going to be the next Meryl Streep, Miller observed herself cast instead as, at best, the next Kate Moss, at worst the scarlet woman.
She is now 35, lives with her four-year-old daughter Marlowe in New York, and is visiting London where reference is meet. Mesmerisingly beautiful, she retains a playful air of mischief, but is no longer a staple of the celebrity pages, and produces an wholly quieter life. She is, she recurs more than once, only half-joking, get old .
I think, she tells, it took a long time to get to a degree where people assured me as relevant actors, and respected that side of things. Does she feel shes there now? I would say I was. I suppose, within my industry, people suppose I can act, which is nice , not only put one over a coin belt and run down the street away from photographers. That perception of me was really strong and that was hard to overcome. But I suppose I ever did work that I felt was competent, and showed things.
Millers body of work includes the Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl, the Steve Buscemi two-hander Interview, and The Edge of Love, in which she played Dylan Thomass wife Caitlin and got nominated for a Bafta. More lately, we assured her in the Palme dOr-nominated Steve Carrell drama Foxcatcher, and in Clint Eastwoods American Sniper, the highest-grossing campaign film of all time. Last year she played Ben Afflecks vivacious but flinty moll in the prohibition gangster movie Live By Night, and in her latest film, the Lost City of Z, based upon a true tale, we will see Miller as the Edwardian wife of a British explorer who becomes preoccupied with find a semi-mythical lost city deep in the Amazon.
Even The Lost City of Zs director, James Gray, has admitted he underestimated Millers talent until killing began, and she is one of the highlights of an otherwise instead plodding film. She had been reluctant to take on another wife at home role after American Sniper, and I can see why: the majority of members of the movies action takes place up the Amazon, while she is back in rural England creating the explorers children. She was similarly peripheral in Live By Night, another instead dreary film in which she was one of the best things, fizzing and crackling whenever on screen. Having proven to everyone that she can really act, it must be very frustrating to be confined to minor parts; I wish she was playing leads, and presume she must, too.
Well, its suited me since I had Marlowe to do these portions with these great film-makers, because this took a month, American Sniper was three, Foxcatcher was three weeks. I can, kind of, pop up in these classy things. School holidays will allow her to co-star with Jack OConnell in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre in London the summer months, in a 12 -week run, but that stretches the limitations of the study motherhood will enable. I do feel disappointed sometimes by the fact that I want to get those roles. I watch movies and I know how Id do it and I want the possibilities of. But at the same day you were supposed to strategise in ways that, I dont know, that I merely havent done.
What would that involve? Oh, shmoozing and doing something to get foreign value. Foreign value? She reads my blank face and giggles. Foreign value. Numbers. You know, person like Jennifer Lawrence has foreign value. She can get anything financed, she has foreign value for sure.
Im curious about what Miller would have to do to accrued some foreign value. I would probably be the lead in a Marvel film. Im not averse to doing something like that, she adds quickly. Im not went on to say that at all. But in order to get to be the star of a film of that kind, for people to bank on you in that style, this is necessary numbers. I cant get a film financed in the way that you would need to. Its all about numbers. Which is absolute bollocks, because you can have two movie stars in something and if the movies crap it can construction nothing. The whole way that the industry is set up is numbers, and it doesnt add up, theyre horrible at the numbers. Registering my look of commiseration, she smiles brightly. But Im not frustrated. I feel quite content.
Really? Well, she explains, its a huge commitment to have the ambition to be playing those parts and to be doing those roles. I dont are well aware that I have that, the ambition that it takes, the drive that it takes. Yes, I suppose I have subconsciously shied away from that, I suppose the idea of that is daunting.
Miller grew up in a instead glamorous and affluent transatlantic household, studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film institute in New York City, and has always struck me as utterly dauntless. I suppose, from a really young age, I had a real confidence, she agrees. I had no doubt in my head thats what I would do. I wanted to be, like, in my own head I was like Meryl Streep. I hadnt made it much supposed, like most things, but its like, that was my job, thats what I wanted to do, and there was never any doubt in my mind.
Its actually a really interesting lesson in how much your own confidence and sentiment can influence things. You see it with Donald Trump. Not that I was like him, she adds hurriedly. I mean, patently, thats a really sinister example. But you can perfectly manipulate the situation if you do not allow for doubt within it. I went into every audition believing that I could get this, and there was something about that confidence people were like: Oh! that I think was disarming.
I ask if she still has it. No. Its whittled away. Where did it run?
I dont know, I suppose life just sort of happened in quite a full-on style, and I merely learned during experience to merely become you know, I just lost some of that innocence and positivity, which is growing up, which is getting older, which happens. Would she like it back?
No. Im merely more realistic now. It used to be that everyone was lovely and everything was great and I was so positive and I merely couldnt wait to live and experience. She smiles. Now Im a bit older, and a bit more tired all the time.
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