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After Miss Julie star Sienna Miller in NY Times

New York Times

Arts & Leisure

October 19, 2009

What She Really Wants to Do Is Act

By Charles McGrath

Ms. Miller is opening on Thursday in the Roundabout Theater production of “After Miss Julie,” Patrick Marber’s adaptation of the Strindberg play “Miss Julie.” The audience at previews has included Sienna lookalikes, blond fashionistas in miniskirts and heavy makeup, and scholars less of Scandinavian theater, perhaps, than of her Vogue cover appearances. That some people have trouble taking Ms. Miller seriously as an actress — or don’t even know she is one — is because she has so frequently been her own worst enemy.

“I think I underestimated the way people bracket you,” Ms. Miller said in her dressing room recently, after popping out to the stage door for a smoke. “I thought I could wear what I wanted and be an actress and live my life in a certain way, and it would all be all right.”

She compared herself to her friend Keira Knightley: “I’m more frivolous. I haven’t been as bright in some of the decisions I’ve made. Keira’s just a more evolved person.” She added: “I feel we live in the kind of culture now where you have to be very smart to navigate the right way, and I just don’t have those smarts. I think with age and time it will change, but I can’t obsess about it.”

After Miss Julie opens at the American Airlines Theatre on Thursday, October 22nd

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