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SIENNA MILLER:B-day Girl\ Factory Girl
by Nancy Simon

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Sienna Miller: Ready for Her Close-up

Sienna Miller: Ready for Her Close-up
Inaccurately, I always thought the current 'it girl', Sienna Miller (born Sienna Rose Miller), was of British descendent. Perhaps that is due to the fact she shares company with a Brit (Jude Law), she dresses in that hip, offhanded European style, and she shows up in quirky offbeat films, e.g., LAYER CAKE (2004) and ALFIE (2004).

Thus, I was surprised to learn then that, although she moved to England as a child and currently lives in London, that she was actually born in New York City (birth date: December 28, 1981).

Seen more as a Brit, however, Miller who has been reported as stating, "I'm English, definitely. I don't feel like I'm American in any way," reinforces my initial gut reaction.

Starting her career as a photographic model, the twenty-four-year-old (soon to be twenty-five) free-wielding, head-turning blonde then made her way into television and feature films, e.g., CASANOVA (2005) opposite Heath Ledger.

In 2005, Miller also made her West End (London theatre district) debut appearing in Shakespeare's As You Like, after the lead fell ill. She subsequently performed onstage in "Cigarettes and Chocolate" directed by Anthony Minghella (THE ENGLISH PATIENT, COLD
Sienna as Edie

Sienna as Edie
MOUNTAIN), as well as, productions of "A School for Scandal", "Independent" and "The Striker".

According to Miller, "I've wanted to be an actress for as long as I can remember, and I can say I was almost born in the theatre."
And while, in 2005, she made Maxim Magazine's Hot 100 List; and, in 2006, both Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue and FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World; 2007 may very well be her pivotal year.

This is because in 2007 (well, actually end of December 2006), Miller can be seen on the big screen in such upcoming film roles as: Edie Sedgewick, the junkie muse of Andy Warhol (played by Guy Pearce) in FACTORY GIRL; Katya, the US' most popular soap actress in Steve Buscemi's INTERVIEW; the naïve Camille in the horror\ comedy CAMILLE opposite James Franco; Jane Bellwether in the adult sexually explorative, THE MYTERIES OF PITTSBURGH; and Victoria opposite Hollywood heavyweights, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro, in the surrealism, sci-fi love story STARDUST.

Somewhat the controversial vixen, in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine about the making of THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH, Miller made a derogatory comment about filming in the Steel City,
Miller Plays the 'Star' Role

Miller Plays the 'Star' Role
calling it the expletive s...sburgh.

Though, she did retract the unfavorable slur—explaining her American father grew up in Pennsylvania—it does stand as a reminder of her no-holds bar, colorful style.

Isn't Obvious?
From raucous to reserved, having managed to amass a diverse body of work inclusive of multiple genres and eclectic affiliations with established directing and acting notables; it seems nearly impossible that Miller's inordinate range will not shine through in one of her many forthcoming roles.

So focused on maintaining a high level of integrity in her work, Miller, shunned the idea of doing a 007 film saying, "I don't think it's the right time for me to be a Bond girl. It may undo the hard work I have been doing this year."

And with her twenty-fifth birthday coming at the end of December, Miller may be just coming into her element as a leading film star.
And, what is Miller's advice on making it big in cinema?

"There's no formula to how you do it, you just need to be thick-skinned and focus on your own stuff," states the head-turning British-American actress.

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Nancy Simon
A Chicago-based freelance writer and film enthusiast, Nancy has an insatiable curiousity and knack for picking out talented, promising individuals.

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