Sienna Miller is a Vogue cover girl again. It feels like she’s been on the cover like a dozen times – including the infamous September 2007 rooster-tail issue in which Anna Wintour claimed Sienna was too toothy. But really, I think this is her fourth cover. What exactly has Sienna done to warrant such slavish Vogue coverage? She’s promoting her part in the G.I. Joe film and her first Broadway role in Miss Julie this fall. You’d think part of the deal for another cover would be that someone would make Sienna sit down and really talk about all of the Balthazar Getty stuff, but alas, Sienna just talks around it.
Regarding either Balthazar in particular or her public relationships in general, Sienna says stuff like “I think I was really naive and trusting and thinking that if you are true to yourself, that’s enough, that’s the best way to be. But actually, it’s important to become more conscious. Being the center of a lot of judgment and controversy while not feeling like a hurtful or controversial person in my essence, I’m trying to understand what it is that makes me that way and what it is that makes people feel that way about me.” Good Lord. Take responsibility. You were “dating” a married man for more than a year. It was ridiculous. At least give us a “my bad.”
The piece also has some interesting quotes from people like her G.I. Joe costar Channing Tatum, who says “She just kind of intoxicates the room.” Jeez, Sienna, how drunk do you have to be to intoxicate the whole room? Here’s more from the interview:
[She] has long been battling the perception that she is, variously, a superficial party girl, a quirky fashion plate, an almost famous indie regular with no box-office clout, Jude Law’s ex-girlfriend, or all of the above.
“We have to be honest about it,” says Miller of her reputation. “It’s pretty bad. On the whole, you know, I’ve made some bad choices and done some stupid things.” In other words: It is high time for a bold move. Or two.
[G.I. Joe] has an odd ensemble cast: Jonathan Pryce, Dennis Quaid, Marlon Wayans, and Channing Tatum. But it is Tatum and Miller who have the most scenes together. “She is nut bags,” says Tatum, underwear model turned actor, paying Miller a big compliment. “I love her like I can’t even explain. She’s one of those people who you can’t help but be in a good mood when she’s around. She just kind of intoxicates the room.”
It’s well known that Miller has, since Jude Law, been entangled in a series of somewhat baffling, ill-fated, and extremely well-documented relationships, all of which seem to have burned very brightly and then crashed to the ground. From Calvin Klein model turned indie-rock heartthrob Jamie Burke to oddball 40-ish Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, there is no discernible pattern, no type. Most notoriously, she took up with Balthazar Getty last summer, while he was still married to his wife, Rosetta, with whom he has four children. The paparazzi shot of Sienna and Balthazar on the balcony of a hotel room in Italy—Miller topless with a sailor’s hat perched on her head at a tipsy angle—came close to self-sabotage. When I saw it I thought, Oh, dear.
Today, she is officially single and seems a bit repentant. When I ask about her love life and use the word dating she says, “I’ve actually never been taken on a date in my whole life. I have never had a one-night stand. I’m a real relationship person—contrary to public perception. I’m either in one or I’m not. I get kind of emotionally involved very quickly, and I’m not going to spend time with someone unless I love them. But it’s not hard for me to fall in love.”
[Dating Jude] “was a very pivotal time in my life, and I’m happy saying that,” she continues. “It’s a private moment when you get your heart broken for the first time, and that was the absolute antithesis of private.” She starts to laugh. “It couldn’t have been more public! I had people on the street being like, ‘ ‘Ang in there, loov!’ and all you want to do is crawl into a cave and weep for a week.” She pauses for a moment and then finds the bright side. “I think I discovered a whole new emotional depth that I didn’t have access to before. When you have your heart broken for the first time, you gain depth, and that’s why actors tend to get better with age, I think.”
“I think I was really naive and trusting and thinking that if you are true to yourself, that’s enough, that’s the best way to be. But actually, it’s important to become more conscious.”
She goes on: “Being the center of a lot of judgment and controversy while not feeling like a hurtful or controversial person in my essence, I’m trying to understand what it is that makes me that way and what it is that makes people feel that way about me.”
There’s a ton of information about Miss Julie, which starts in the fall, and if you’re interested, check out the full interview. For the play, guess who was just cast as Sienna’s leading man? One of my favorites, Jonny Lee Miller. He’s totally married, and his wife just gave birth to a baby boy named Buster. I have my fingers crossed that Sienna doesn’t screw up Jonny’s marriage.
Oh, and by the way – within the interview, Sienna tells the Vogue guy (Jonathan Van Meter) that she wants to try to stop talking about Jude Law, but she still talks about Jude when asked, and even brings Jude up during several different points. At some point, she really should just refuse to say his name. That’s enough, Sienna.
Here are Sienna and Balthazar out to lunch at Taverna Tony in Malibu this past August 10th. Images thanks to Fame Pictures .