Sienna Miller is one of those actresses who seems omnipresent. You see her hobnobbing with the fashion elite or on the cover of magazines with her latest beau, but somehow you can’t quite place the last movie you saw her in.
That’s about to change in the next year. At 32, the British star yearns to finally be recognized for her acting chops, and she’s going about proving it in quite an impressive manner. First came a small turn in this fall’s wrestling drama Foxcatcher — a cameo she said she took simply to work with director Bennett Miller. This month, she has a meatier part in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (opening Thursday), a role that may see her contending in the supporting actress award races. In the film, she stars opposite Bradley Cooper as the wife of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle who feels her husband slipping away.
She just wrapped an R-rated comedy with Vince Vaughn and is about to go shoot a James Gray movie with Benedict Cumberbatch.
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So, yeah, you’re going to remember her for more than her cute dress.
1. In the next year, moviegoers are going to be seeing a lot more of you. Did you consciously decide to take on more work?
I know, it’s so exciting. I kind of slipped off the radar. But I had a daughter, and your perspectives are kind of reevaluated after you have a kid. I think I was much more conscious of the kind of work that I wanted to do and the people I wanted to work with and somehow it all aligned.
2. Was that the case with Foxcatcher?
Yes. And people knowing you’ve worked with Bennett Miller — then suddenly you’re good enough for them.
3. That must be frustrating though.
I think it’s narrow-minded. I struggled in Hollywood because people had really strong perceptions of who I was and it was hard to see me as anything other than this persona.
4. What do you think your reputation was?
I just think I was well known for the wrong things, maybe. My personal life. It got very tabloidly. My phone got hacked and I was in newspapers all the time in London, which is the most vicious city in the world for that kind of attention. Or I was known for being fashionable.
5. So how did you combat that perception?
I sued everyone in England, basically. (Laughs) I have an injunction against paparazzi, so that’s now illegal. I obviously went to court with News of the World and the phone hacking and all of that. I took active steps and worked very hard to have a private life, which I have now had and enjoyed for six years. … So as a result of not having all those photos and not being on social media, I felt I’ve had the space to do my work.
— Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times