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Sienna Miller’s tale: 'Having a baby really changed everything'

For a few years Sienna Miller’s biggest roles were in the Leveson Inquiry and Rebekah Brooks’s trial. Now she’s appearing in the Oscar-tipped American Sniper and Foxcatcher. She tells Tom Lamont how she left the courtroom drama behind.

As a conversation starter, settling down for an hour in the 32-year-old actor Sienna Miller’s company, it cannot be called a classic. “Well you’ve made a good movie!” I say, knowing what I mean – that Miller’s new film American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood and telling of an Iraq-deployed Navy SEAL and his wife, is one of the most unnerving and morally complicated war dramas I’ve seen in a while, given its energy and fury by Bradley Cooper as the SEAL, but dependent on Miller for its depth and heart, as the wife. You’ve made a good movie, I tell Miller, as you might tell somebody they have lost weight, only realising too late this means you once thought they were fat.

Miller is quiet for a moment. “You said that with real surprise,” she says, then bursts out laughing. We’re in a private room above a cinema in west London, Miller wearing torn jeans and cardigan, her blonde hair cut to the jaw. “You’ve made a good movie,” she says, repeating my line as it sounded to her, “FOR ONCE.” Chuckling, Miller adds: “Well… actually…”

Something has happened to this career. Unexpectedly, by the sounds of it even to her, Sienna Miller has started working on really good stuff. Not only American Sniper, out this week, which with its Clint-and-Cooper combo will surely figure in awards-givers’ minds come January. Also Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s wrestling drama in which Miller has a small role. “It’s the first time,” she says, “I’ve been in some Serious Films of The Year.”

Next year she’ll appear in Black Mass, a Johnny Depp gangster flick, playing his moll, as well as in work by indie reliable Ben Wheatley and Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the American duo behind 2006 award-chum Half Nelson. What’s happened? Miller shrugs. “All the directors speak to each other. And once you crack that upper echelon of incredible directors, you’ve got people rooting for you. People who people listen to. I’ve never had that before.”

Her IMDB page confirms it. Before 2012, the bio looks… unmethodical. She grew up in Wiltshire “feeling mostly frustrated” at boarding school, then got her first paid work in a German Coke advert at 17. “I quite successfully, I think, attempted to speak German. And then they dubbed me.” With the ad money she moved to New York to enrol at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. “Four hours trying to smell an imaginary lemon,” is how she summarises the training, conceding she didn’t attend for long. In her early 20s she was cast in two studio films, Paramount’s Alfie, opposite Jude Law, and Columbia’s Layer Cake, with Daniel Craig. After this there were decent performances in a pair of low-flying biopics (on Edie Sedgwick and on Dylan Thomas) and a part in the blockbuster GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra.

GI Joe came out in 2009. Even at the time Miller could hardly make it through a press conference without acknowledging it wasn’t really her sort of movie. The career had lost its way. Her personal life – at least as sieved by the red tops – looked a mess, any idea of her as a working actor swamped by stories about her relationships with famous men, Jude Law most prominently. In her earliest Hollywood days, Miller had a tendency to show up for meetings with executives underprepared (her hair smelling of last night’s cigarettes, say) and perhaps not enough studio-level goodwill was built up to buoy her through a particularly bad period in 2008, when she had an affair with a married American actor, Balthazar Getty, this unfolding drama reported on in American gossip magazines as if it were an election race. “Quite chaotic,” is Miller’s summary of her 20s, when I ask.

Profile, that newsprint-y skin on an actor’s life, shouldn’t count. It does though, at least where cautious studio decision-makers are concerned. The thinking among certain casting agents, Miller once said, is that “People don’t want to see films with people they don’t approve of in them.” She took a break from screen work, performing in plays in London and New York. After a series of successful court actions against intrusive media agencies she had much more privacy and space in which to settle into a relationship with British actor Tom Sturridge. In 2012 the couple had a daughter, Marlowe.

“And I think having a baby really changed everything, if I’m honest,” Miller tells me. “I think that’s where it began.”

In our room above the cinema a waiter brings in a plate of food for her. A little bowl of Heinz-orange tomato soup and a small toasted cheese sandwich, cut into fingers. “Did you accidentally order from the children’s’ menu?” I ask. “Possibly,” she says. “That’s where my brain is these days.” She gestures at her open handbag, poking out of which is the corner of a packet of wet wipes. She scans for spilled proof, on her jeans, that she spent the morning making gingerbread with the kid.

What does she mean, that having a baby changed things? Miller thinks and then gives me an interesting three-pronged answer. For one, she says: “The stakes are higher. You have someone that you want to be proud of you eventually.” Motherhood also gave her a sense of time running out. “You’re aware of your own mortality. For me, as soon as I had a baby I had a vision of my life – and what was left of it.”

The third point she feels her way into, clearly not all that comfortable with its implications. She thinks that being a mother changed strangers’ opinion of her; not the general public but the execs and casting agents, who might once have worried about putting “people they don’t approve of” into their movies. “I’m sure that factors. People who read the negative things [about me], the people who need persuading, are probably ignorant enough to assume, ‘Well she’s got a kid so she’s serious now.’ Which, of course, isn’t the case. I’m still whoever I was. Maybe more mature, but the same. So amongst that ignorant, ridiculous area of my industry, I’m sure opinions of me have changed because I’m a mother now.”

The military family that Bradley Cooper and Miller portray in American Sniper is based on a real couple, Chris and Taya Kyle. While Taya raised the Kyle family back in Texas, Chris was away for the better part of a decade in Fallujah. His job there was “overwatching” marines – shooting any threats to them with a sniper rifle – and in this role he killed more people than any equivalent in American armed-forces history.

I mentioned this film was morally complicated. From the first scene on we watch Cooper/Kyle assassinate not just men but women and children, any Iraqis, basically, he judges to be dangerous. As a viewer you’re never sure whether director Eastwood (hardly a noted disarmament guy) regrets the sheer effectiveness of his killer protagonist. Miller’s Taya is much easier to root for, the recipient of battle-interrupted phone calls, mortified when her husband returns to US soil and goes to a bar first, before coming home.

Miller got to know the real Taya Kyle. “Because she never knew whether Chris was going to make it back she kept every email they ever wrote to each other.” Miller read them all. I ask how that made her feel, picking through a couple’s private correspondence. “Taya offered. And it was with the intention of really understanding what her relationship with Chris was. But it was very personal and I did feel uncomfortable.” It’s a bizarre place for you of all people to end up, I suggest. “Reading other people’s emails?” Miller laughs darkly. “Yeah.”

Her written statement to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, submitted in 2011, began: “I am an actress. I have also been the subject of a lot of unwanted media attention over the years by the tabloid press.” Crisp, clean, dignified – and probably the last time her involvement in the phonehacking farrago was in any way so. Looking back on the Great Celebrity Revolt of 2011, when famous people stopped being too afraid of News Corp and the Trinity Group to speak against their treatment, we tend to remember Hugh Grant, secretly recording an incriminating conversation with one reporter, or Steve Coogan, appearing on Newsnight to eviscerate another. I’m not sure Miller gets the credit she deserves for her own staunch work. She put in years of legal legwork, long before the scandal broke, helping to ready the ground for reform.

From 2008 onwards Miller launched court actions against the Mirror, the Daily Star, the News of the World and a specific paparazzo, Warren Richardson, who took secret photographs of her while she was naked on the set of a film. Characterised in the press as “a silly little tabloid girl” for most of the previous decade, she first took court action, she tells me, “because at a certain point I started to believe in their perception of me. I kind of lost myself in it. I felt like I didn’t have an identity any more. The perception had become so big, and such a huge thing… I couldn’t really remember who I actually was.”

Her voicemails, of course, were among those hacked by News of the World journalists in the middle 2000s. “I’d just found out I was pregnant,” she tells me of the day she appeared before the judge. “A walking hormone. Leveson knew, and I think they probably would’ve probed me a bit harder had they not known I’d been puking on the way there.”

I have a vivid memory of you, I say, wringing your hands under the table as you spoke. “It was such an intimidating room. It was clinical, and cold, and legal. I didn’t want to stumble, or say the wrong thing. It was such sensitive subject matter that I have such an emotional response to – and I didn’t want to be emotional.” More than anything, she says, “it felt like an odd thing to do. Because in a sense everything I’d fought against was to make this stuff go away. And doing that felt like it was reminding, perpetuating, everything being dug up again.”

If she doesn’t regret her involvement in Leveson, she certainly regrets taking part in this year’s hacking trial against Andy Coulson and Rebecca Brooks. Miller was in Boston filming with Johnny Depp and was examined as a witness at the Old Bailey via webcam.

First her relationship with Jude Law, long since amicably ended, was picked over. (“We spoke after Jude had done his [testimony] and he said: ‘Do not do it. Get out of it.’ And I couldn’t.”) Then, a voicemail from 2005 was read out, one left by Miller on Daniel Craig’s phone that included the words “I love you”. The suggestion in court was that Miller and Craig were in a relationship at the time. She tells me: “Somehow what came out of that was that I’d been having these affairs. Which was not the case. And suddenly Jude and I were on the cover of the newspaper again. And the timeline was all off. You know, it was just horrible to be back there.

“It was handled really badly. They wheeled people out for the show. And I got thrown under the bus a bit. It reminded people of things I didn’t want to remind them of… But I did manage to get out a joke in court.”

Often, during my hour with Miller, I’ve been surprised by her sideways humour. (“How tall are you?” Six foot five. “Oh! Circus tall.”) When a prosecutor at the Old Bailey trial started to read out Miller’s I-love-you voicemail to Craig, there was a technical hitch. Her webcam transmission from Boston was delayed and she accidentally interrupted the barrister as he was about to start reading. He paused. She said no, sorry, go on – I think you were about to tell me you loved me? “Apparently he went purple.”

I like this about Miller. Damage has been done, nothing will undo it – so laugh. Humour’s one sure way of deflecting a slight, after all. Another is success. Cheesy voicemail recitals and hand-wringing Leveson testimonies will be utterly lost in the conversation, I expect, should Miller’s films get the outings they deserve come awards season. Though she says she doesn’t expect any nominations for herself, I tell her I think Foxcatcher is sure to contend in the best film category. I’d also put money on a best-director shout for American Sniper; at 84, Eastwood would be the oldest ever to be nominated.

Miller’s, for once, are some of The Serious Films of the Year. “I’m glad,” she says.

American Sniper is out 16 January
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Sienna is apparently taking over the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret when Emma Stone leaves in February! So happy for her, can't wait to see her in costume

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I'm really happy for her and how wonderfully her career is going now.

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I really think this hair style does nothing for her. She has a short neck and the hair accentuates it.

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^I agree. She has the most gorgeous long hair.

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OMG, look at Marlowe, she´s a total copy of Tom! So cute!

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She is rocking that hair in recent candids!! Nice

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Sienna is presenting at the Globes. Can't wait to see what she wears. I still love her Erdem from 2013.

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