Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

“We just run ourselves ragged” Sienna Miller on “the curse of motherhood” and sisterhood

sienna-miller.jpg

Between raising her three-year-old daughter Marlowe and juggling her career successes, having starred in Oscar-nominated film American Sniper and crime-drama Foxcatcher, Sienna Miller has had a busy 12 months.  

“It's been really quite overwhelming recently, just with the volume of everything going on,” the actress says in the October issue of British Vogue. She explains how she's learnt that a desired work life balance is not necessarily achievable. 

“Everything is shifting. It's actually been the shittiest year, and amazing. It's always yin and yang. I feel like if you're excelling in one area, it's hard to manage both and I do feel like the work is going really well.

“Obviously when you have a baby it's the most incredible experience but your life is also catapulted into this chaos and you are exhausted. I could literally get on this table and fall asleep,” she continues.

“I'd like to be better at managing things; I'd like to be more super - although we're never going to feel it, even if we are. That's the curse of motherhood - we just run ourselves ragged. I'm just trying to get a sense of what that guilt is. I sometimes feel like it's a totally invented emotion. It's strange to be punishing ourselves this way. It's not healthy.”

Tom Sturridge and Sienna Miller at the Oscars in February this year

Tom Sturridge and Sienna Miller at the Oscars in February this year

The actress, 33, who's engaged to Marlowe's father and British actor Tom Sturridge, also spoke about her relationship with her mother and sister Savannah Read. 

“I'm really close to them, they are hugely important and influential women in my life, but of course we drive each other nuts as well!”

Meanwhile, Savannah has also spoken about how close she is to her younger sister. “We borrow inspiration from each other and each other’s clothes. I am constantly in her wardrobe which must drive her nuts. But then she will be like,‘Damn where did you get that from?’” she tells The Telegraph. (Speaking about her own wardrobe, Sienna says, “I don't remember the last time I went shopping. I swear to God, I wear jeans and trainers and a T-shirt most days.”)

“There is no rivalry between us at all though. We are incredibly close,” continues Savannah. “Our parents got divorced when we were young. We were shipped about a bit. The thing that was consistent was ‘us’. We are partners in crime.”

Sienna and Savannah Miller in November 2014

Sienna and Savannah Miller in November 2014

The designer spoke about her own struggles, having almost lost her eldest son in a boat accident during a family holiday (his leg was cut to the bone after getting sucked into the propellers), suffered post-natal depression after her third son was born and been forced to close her fashion business, sell her family home in Gloucestershire and move to Panama when her financial backers lost money. The 36-year-old described it as her “own personal disaster movie”.

“I lost everything, which was really tough,” she says. “I was having panic attacks and I couldn’t go on. I had to stop. I just had to stop - everything was too much. I left Panama to go and see a therapist in New York because I was convinced I was having a nervous breakdown and she said 'you had post natal depression, you need to get out of Panama.’”

“There are lots of really strong women who never let their guard down, ever, and I was one of those women and it’s important (to talk about these things), right?”

“You have this illusion that it’s going to be children frolicking on the beach and climbing coconut trees, but mostly it is an illusion. I think it’s very good for me to have dispelled that myth, because now I have so much determination for what I do.”

Images: Rex Features

Related

rexfeatures_3541444c.jpg

Amanda Knox acquitted because of poor prosecution case, judges rule

suffragette-trailer.jpg

Watch the powerful new UK trailer for Suffragette

alexa chung brooke shields.JPG

This week's A-list Instagram highlights

woman.jpg

Emma Thompson on becoming Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast remake

5988-062080-rt.jpg

This new classical album could cure your insomnia

hipster-barbie.jpg

Barbie account mocks the picture perfect lifestyle snaps of Instagram

robin williams and daughter zelda williams instagram baby picture-stylist.co.uk.jpg

Robin Williams’ daughter writes open letter on grief and depression

10420311_442135085960346_5936089798371020228_n.png

This woman helps domestic abuse victims by offering free tattoos

rexfeatures_5016804aq.jpg

Stars who stack: Hand jewellery inspiration from the A-list

Comments

More

Adele reveals truth behind George Michael tribute at the Grammys 2017

Adele has revealed that George Michael's family insisted she be the one to perform in his honour

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Feb 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the weekend

From Victoria Beckham's mini-me to Drew Barrymore's beauty secrets

by Nicola Colyer
20 Feb 2017

Chrissy Teigen on cultural appropriation and diversity in fashion

“I want it to be a normal thing to be able to see Asian models”

by Moya Crockett
20 Feb 2017

Angelina Jolie: Brad Pitt will always be part of my family

The actor and UNICEF ambassador has spoken publicly about her divorce for the first time

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Feb 2017

Zoe Saldana reveals surprise baby boy’s name

And the actor opted for an incredibly low-key birth announcement...

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Feb 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Anna Kendrick's new love to a Destiny's Child reunion

by Nicola Colyer
17 Feb 2017

Amanda Knox reveals the truth about relationships in prison

"Relationships help keep us sane, even if they're forbidden or not ideal”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Feb 2017

Susan Sarandon discusses being sexually fluid: “I'm open”

“My sexual orientation is up for grabs”

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Feb 2017

“How you can fight this shameful U-turn on child refugees”

Positive ways to channel your outrage

15 Feb 2017

Chrissy Teigen has no time for #relationshipgoals

A drunken post-Grammys Snapchat with her husband is doing the rounds

by Amy Swales
15 Feb 2017