Sienna Miller is terrified about leading upcoming drama The Burning Woman, having previously opted for smaller roles to focus on motherhood.
The British actress’ first big budget film was 2004’s Layer Cake starring Tom Hardy and Daniel Craig and since then she’s appeared in plenty of productions, a majority of which have seen her take on supporting roles.
But in her next project, helmed by Ridley Scott’s son Jake, Sienna takes center stage opposite the likes of Christina Hendricks, Jacki Weaver and Aaron Paul, in a tale about a woman who raises her grandson following her daughter’s disappearance.
“A lot of it is my choice because I didn’t want to be away for months playing a lead in something and these are great roles, where I don’t have to work for months and months, with great people and in classy projects, which, while balancing motherhood, has been great,” Sienna, who shares four-year-old daughter Marlowe with ex Tom Sturridge, told Elle.com.
“That being said, I am about to play a lead role in a film, which I haven’t done. I don’t even remember the last time I did that. So I am doing that, because I’ve been banging on about it for a while. I’m really scared about it… It’s an amazing, amazing role and an amazing script…”
Sienna can currently be seen on the silver screen in The Lost City of Z, playing the wife of explorer Percy Fawcett, though she made sure director James Grey gave her alter ego more depth rather than being solely a spouse and mother. It was part of her effort to help break the moulds female performers find themselves falling into and she’s still wary of the assumption that attractive women aren’t intelligent.
“If you wear really nice clothes and you’ve got style and you’re young and you have a famous boyfriend, you must be really thick and not talented at all,” she sighed. “I’ve found it frustrating, because I really felt like an actor and I just felt like I was constantly battling that.”
Sienna famously dated her Alfie co-star Jude Law, with the relationship ending due to his infidelity.