“There’s a moment every night that I get – I’m standing in the wings and you hear people talking, and the lights go down and then it gets quiet, and that moment is just electric, magic… but it kills you!”
Sienna Miller‘s love of her job is pretty palpable, even though the actress is reminiscing over her favourite medium of theatre while battling tonsillitis (“Who gets tonsillitis at 35?”) and what, at this point is probably undiagnosed exhaustion after completing 90 performances as Maggie in the acclaimed West End production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It would have stopped many of her peers from coming out on a nippy autumnal evening to promote the art of her other favourite medium, film, but not Miller.
“Any form of art preservation is essential – and especially film which is devastatingly dying out,” the American Sniper star told us this week at a screening held by Grand Classics, in partnership with The Outnet. The former is a society made up of some of the most famous names in the business who come together to breathe life into on-screen favourites. Each event is hosted by one of its members – in this case Miller – and they get to choose what the audience watches. Miller’s choice? Saturday Night Fever.
“It’s such an iconic film, for me it gives such a clear insight into an era that I find fascinating and the subculture of that era – the way that it starts in Manhattan and then pulls back and you’re in Queens – it’s an incredibly visceral experience,” she told us, adding that although at parts it doesn’t pull its punches, it is “fascinating to see how far we’ve come”.
The same can be said of Miller. The 37 credits to her name at still only 35 years old have been achieved through hard work on her part and have turned her from style pin-up to bonafide Hollywood hot property – but it’s her latest on-stage role that has pushed her more than any other. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I’m going to miss it like mad but it’s also incredibly exhausting,” she said of her applauded West End role, after which she intends to take a well-earned break. The plan?
“Not to work for a long time,” she laughed. “I have a film called The Burning Woman that I did before this play and went straight into this, so in six months I’ve been doing six day weeks and some long hours, so I’m ready to be a mum. I’m going to be baking, and emulating Martha Stewart for as long as I can. I don’t think I’ll work for a year.”
After her recent run of box-office, Broadway and West End runs, her comeback – when it comes – will be a welcome one.
See her post-play wardrobe below…