Sienna Miller reflects on life, fame and career


Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller

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Sienna Miller has always been a controversial star, who can forget the on/off relationship she had with Jude Law when she was just 21? Here, the star of Burnt and the upcoming action adventure The Lost City of Z speaks candidly about her life so far…

 

When I first got a taste of real fame, it was when I’d just started dating Jude Law…

“I was really naive, I think. I was a young 21. Not green as grass – I was by no means an innocent – but I had faith in the goodness of everyone. I was very open. And that led me into all sorts of situations that backfired.”

 

It takes a certain type of person to want to get into the acting world…

“I do think that ultimately you have to be chronically insecure to enter my profession. I think it comes from a need for approval. The applause feels good, I don’t care who says it doesn’t.”

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My reputation as a free-spirited, promiscuous, party girl negatively impacted my career…

 “It had become difficult for me to get the work I wanted, if I’m really honest. It was a weird situation to be in because there was a lot of goodwill for me in Hollywood. I think I’d been lucky in that I’d always been naughty in that town and people had always liked me for it. It was refreshing and it was who I was. I was English. I’d be like, ‘Let’s be who we are! I’m not going to have my hair done every morning and yes I smell of fags!’”

 

And whilst people in the industry thought I was fun to hang out with, my rep made them less keen to hire me…

“It was really bad. What was going on in my private life was not an easy thing to read about. People don’t want to see films with stars they don’t approve of in them.”

 

I don’t really know what people expect my life to be like, but it’s actually pretty normal…

“We go to the country. I like to cook and go to Whole Foods. I have a dog, well not a dog [more like] a bear, who when I walk pulls me over flat on my face into the mud. My baby pukes on me. It’s life. It’s very much a normal life.”

 

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                                                                   Sienna with husband, Tom Sturridge

 

My 20s were just mad and manic, but now, in my 30s, I feel more like myself, it feels good…

“I feel really settled. I have a wonderful life. I’m up every morning with a little baby [daughter Marlowe]. That gives you incredible perspective. It’s such a gift. And it’s grounding in a way you can’t describe.”

 

 There’s no denying that the press intrusion really got to me…

“It’s tough to be judged all the time. It takes a very strong person to withstand that scrutiny. I’d got to a point where my life was unmanageable. I can see how people break down, with that level of harassment. It’s like a battle every day.”

 

But I tried not to take it lying down, in fact…

“I’m the first person to ever sue and win against the paparazzi on harassment charges. It’s absolutely changed my life. I didn’t want to stay in the house, I didn’t want to shut down and hide myself away. I didn’t want security; I didn’t want a driver, I just wanted a normal life, but I felt myself being pushed to a place where I felt afraid, constantly.”

 

What I’ve finally realised is that some things just don’t matter, they’re not the end of the world to me like they used to be in the past…

“When you’re in some massive crisis and you look at yourself close-up and then visualise pulling back and seeing England and then pulling back and seeing the world, you realise how f**king insignificant you are. I think that’s really the greatest thing I’ve learned recently: that I don’t matter. Nothing matters. It’s such a relief to know that. I didn’t get that job – it doesn’t f**king matter. Whatever I achieve, or don’t, will be forgotten, it’s not important.”

 

All that’s actually important in life is that you remember to…

“Be kind, be good, be happy, be loving.”

Ashleigh Gibbs