In regards to her start in Hollywood, Sienna said, “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.”
A very public relationship with Jude Law saw Miller become a favorite of tabloid magazines and gossip columns. But Miller didn’t realize how this could affect her professional life, saying she was lucky to have a “second chance”.
“It had become difficult for me to get the work I wanted, if I’m really honest,” she adds. “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. [But] I sabotaged things. I burnt a lot of bridges. I never read a review or paid any mind to what anyone said. And that translated to how I behaved outside work. Onset, I was first to arrive, last to leave, best friends with the crew, totally professional, no dicking around. But when I wasn’t at work, I wasn’t behaving the way you should. I’m very lucky to have a second chance in that town.”
Miller has been thrust back into the spotlight both at the Leveson Inquiry and at the trials of journalists accused of phone hacking. Yesterday in court her ex-boyfriend Law was cross-examined over claims that while they were going out, she had had an affair with his friend Daniel Craig.
The process of Lord Leveson’s investigation, says Miller, made her want to vent “in a fury”.
“It’s so personal, it’s such a raw nerve, it had such a massive effect on me, on my life and career, that I don’t know what would come out of it except I will kind of vent, in a fury,” she says. “Believe me, there is a torrent of abuse I would love to hurl at half of their faces. But there are more eloquent people. I don’t trust myself. I’m too volatile.”
Read the full interview in the Esquire UK March issue.