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'There you are - that's what I have been missing' Sienna Miller on the joy of motherhood and her Twitter anxiety


She's one of Hollywood's hottest talents but Sienna Miller insists she lives a very ordinary, borderline boring life in the country with her actor boyfriend Tom Sturridge and their two-year-old daughter Marlowe.

The 32-year-old, who put her four-bedroom London home on the market at the beginning of this year to move to the Cotswolds, describes their time together as "very normal, very kind of still".

 "We go to the country. I like to cook and go to Whole Foods. I have a dog [a Newfoundland]," she says, in a new interview with US Vogue out this week. "Not a dog but a bear, who when I walk pulls me over flat on my face into the mud. My baby pukes on me. It’s life. It’s very much a normal life."

"I’m painting it as very boring! No, it’s not,” she adds, joking: "It’s a living hell!"

"I really don’t want to sound boring. It’s completely crazy and illicit behind closed doors."

Scroll down to watch Sienna's hilarious parody video

In the cover shoot for the magazine, Miller poses in her first public photo with her toddler daughter, as she describes being "overwhelmed" by the normality of motherhood. 

"I was overwhelmed by how normal it felt. It was like, 'There you are - that's what I have been missing,'" she says. "Like we're both in on something only we know. An amazing sense of being complicit with a little being."

The picture shows her and Marlowe playing with a pony against the backdrop of a thatched cottage, in an idyllic English country scene.

Miller began dating Sturridge, 29, three years ago and describes him as "a grounded, intelligent, kind, and intact person that's amazing to be around."

"That’s the father of my child. There’s no drama," she adds.

Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge

Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge pictured at an event in October

In the Vogue interview, Miller also talks about social media and claims her short foray on Instagram a while back put her off the whole thing for life.

"It was the most addictive thing,” she says. "Every morning I’d wake up and there would be a thousand more followers or whatever and there would be these amazing greetings like 'Welcome! We love you!' I’d be inflated by this nonexistent, intangible love. I was like, 'I need to get off this.'"

The actress insists that she would be terrible on Twitter, as she wouldn't be able to hold back on her true feelings. 

"It would be a minefield," she says. "If someone attacked me, I definitely would retaliate."

"Ultimately it leaves you feeling incredibly lonely. I know friends who are prolific on social media, and it gives them a lot of anxiety. That level of exposure... "

Vogue cover

Sienna's Vogue cover

"Miller also admits that she used to have a reputation as a bit of a party animal, back in the days when she was always in the spotlight, thanks to her relationship with Jude Law (the couple famously dated twice, having rekindled their relationship in 2009 - after it previously broke down when Law had an affair with the family nanny - before calling it quits a second and final time in 2011). 

"It’s undeniable that I did have a reputation as someone who was a little bit wild, maybe," she says. "Not with anyone I worked with. I was never late to work, and when I was on set, I was very professional. But... I think for a while, my public perception was a hard thing to overcome because people had such a strong preconceived idea of who I was."

The actress credits her partner Sturridge with helping her to develop her acting talent in recent years.

"He was like, 'You’ve got to really learn it,'" she says. "If you want to do this job, you’re going to have to make a really amazing tape." 

Sienna in her mock-up video for Vogue

Sienna in her mock-up video for Vogue

For her audition for next year's biographical drama Foxcatcher, Miller remembers Sturridge directing her as she stood in the living room, sleep-deprived, while Marlowe, still an infant, wiggled on a blanket nearby.

"I think you can hear her in the background," she says. 

"As much as he helps my work, I help him," she adds. "We’re both completely supportive of that need for creative output. At the moment, we’re just both trying to blast it to get to a really great place."

With a host of great roles in the pipeline, including in Amazon mystery The Lost City of Z, with Benedict Cumberbatch, and Live by Night, Ben Affleck’s sequel to his Oscar-winning Argo, Miller is well on her way to that place.

"Dude, I’m trying to be cool about it," she says. "But secretly inside, I’m dancing."

Miller also parodies her celebrity status in a hilarious Vogue-produced video where she accesses her feminine energy in yoga, scoffs chocolate brownie and subtly bemoans motherhood. Watch it below. 



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