When Sienna Miller met Tippi Hedren
Tippi Hedren endured Alfred Hitchcock’s claustrophobic attention for years, while Sienna Miller – who plays her in a new film – has her own experiences of being hounded. Here, they talk to Tim Adams about the dark side of being a star
Last week Sienna Miller was starting to think about her first Christmas as a mother. Her voice was freighted with all the emotional weariness of a woman who knows the particular joys of surviving for too long on only an hour or two’s unbroken sleep. Her daughter Marlowe, now four months old, was on her lap. A good deal had happened since I interviewed her in the summer about her forthcoming TV movie The Girl, in the company of “the girl” in question, Tippi Hedren, the actor, who was muse and obsession to Alfred Hitchcock in the 1960s.
As well as becoming a mother, and travelling to the States for the American launch of The Girl with Hedren – with whom she seemed to have struck up an uncommon bond, based on a kind of glamorous sisterly solidarity across the decades – she has been working. Until recently she was on a film in Pittsburgh with Bennett Miller, director of Capote and Moneyball. “Though I know I had promised myself not to work so soon after the birth,” she says, “it was too good an opportunity to turn down.” As a result Marlowe “has been on about 15 planes already”, along with her frayed-nerved mother and her father, actor Tom Sturridge.
Miller had also been getting her head around the substance of the Leveson report. This time last year she had been one of the starriest witnesses to the inquiry, describing in detail her harassment by the paparazzi – “like living in some sort of video game where they pre-empted my every move” – as well as the hacking of her phone, for which she had received £100,000 in damages from News International. I wondered what she had made of the outcome.
The September 2012 issue of UK Glamour magazine had a 2-page feature on The Girl, going behind the scenes of the film. It’s a nice article, and you can now find scans in our Gallery:
Sienna Miller endured ‘horrible’ two-hour bird attack while filming The Girl
Men off-camera threw boxes of seagulls and pigeons in her face
Factory Girl and Layer Cake actress Sienna Miller had to undergo a two-hour “bird attack” while filming The Girl, a television drama about Alfred Hitchcock’s obsession with the blonde star of his 1963 movie The Birds.
“I did go through a bird attack for two hours. It pales in comparison to what she was subjected to, but it was pretty horrible,” Miller told the Radio Times.
“There were men off-camera with boxes of birds, throwing seagulls and pigeons in my face.”
Miller, 30, plays Tippi Hedren, whom Hitchcock cast after seeing her in a television commercial.
What’s In Sienna Miller’s Stocking? Macmillan Cancer Support’s Stocking Auction Reveals All…
Ever wondered what to buy someone who already has it all? (Yes, we’re talking about you, Sienna.) Us too. So we were more than a little excited to hear that Sienna, along with a host of other celebs including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Rowland and Pixie Lott, revealed all last week for an uber glamorous stocking auction.
Held at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, the event treated lucky diners to a champagne reception, live entertainment – and the chance to enter a silent auction to win stockings compiled by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Ian Rankin and Kelly Rowland. What’s more, it was all for a great cause. As seen in this week’s Grazia, the auction raised over £95,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. And in the stockings? Read on, friends…
And finally, Sienna Miller…
A Cobra and Bellamy ladies watch, a trip to the Raffles Praslin villa in the Seychelles, two tickets to the Secret Garden Party 2013, Nicolas Kirkwood floral lace boots and a Marc Jacobs handbag.
Here is a trailer that is currently airing here in the UK to promote The Girl:
The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced a few hours ago, and I almost jumped with joy upon hearing Sienna’s name! Sienna received a nomination – her first – for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her performance as Tippi Hedren in The Girl. This is really, really exciting news, and we send a big congratulations to Sienna for this achievement!
The Girl also scored nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Toby Jones, and Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
The Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday January 13th, and will be televised live on NBC.
Q&A: Sienna Miller
‘My most embarrassing moment? Coughing up a greeny on to the script in front of me while doing an audition with bronchitis’
Sienna Miller, 30, was born in New York and educated in England. Having studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York, she made her film debut in 2004 in Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake. Her other movies include Alfie, Casanova, Factory Girl, Interview and GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. In 2005, she made her West End debut in As You Like It at the Young Vic. She performed on Broadway in After Miss Julie and appeared in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path in London last year. She plays Alfred Hitchcock’s muse Tippi Hedren in The Girl, which airs on BBC2 this month. In July, she had a daughter, Marlowe, with her partner, the actor Tom Sturridge.
When were you happiest?
7 July 2012.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing someone I love.
What is your earliest memory?
My dad’s shoes: funny blue 1980s trainers with an N on the side.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
Liu Xiaobo, for his dignity and wisdom. If we could all have a dose of that perspective, the world would be a better place.
We finally have a UK air date for The Girl! The TV movie will air here in the UK on BBC2 on Boxing Day. UK fans can now turn on their TV’s to any BBC channel and see adverts for the film showing. I can’t wait to see it on the small screen!
The BBC has released its Christmas schedule, and The Girl is included, meaning it will air over the Christmas period here in the UK. I still cannot find an exact date though. There is now an official site (of sorts) for the film on the BBC website, which you can find here.
I will keep you posted on an exact air date. For those interested, we already have HD screencaptures from the film up in our Gallery
Sienna is looking ethereal on the cover of the new January 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK! The 60’s looking photoshoot inside is accompanied by a new interview in which Sienna talks about motherhood, amongst other things.
Within this post are some released quotes from the interview, a behind the scenes video from the photoshoot, and Harper’s Bazaar’s article announcing the issue. And in the Gallery you can find the cover and first two photoshoot pictures. We’ll have scans asap!
“It’s still the most surreal thing, that you can create, that I grew this life inside my stomach, her eyeballs, everything – every little fibre. And I’d expected that she’d be this extension of me and I’d instantly understand who she was because she’d come from me, and then you realise that they are their own people entirely. Very connected to you, of course. But they’re their own person.”
“It’s just been the three of us, which was amazing, and exhausting. We are going to get a nanny, but it felt important to first learn for myself who I was as a parent.”
“It’s the best, the greatest thing in the world… I would do that day a million times again. I would do that day, every day. I loved it. [My body is] not mine – all the attachment to its flaws or any aesthetic attachment is gone. You understand what breasts are for; and I have such enormous respect for my body because of what it can do.”
The magazine hits news-stands on Monday.