Sienna Miller has discussed her ‘hardcore’ battle to get equal pay to her male co-stars, after years of receiving ‘pitiful’ pay cheques.
Speaking to PORTER, the actress, 38, detailed how she approaches finances in a chat that comes weeks after it was revealed that her late 21 Bridges co-star Chadwick Boseman forfeited part of his salary to cover the fee she requested.
On combating inequality following an incident of being ‘alarmingly underpaid’ for American Sniper, she said: ‘The more you practice the uncomfortable acts of standing up for yourself, the more confidence and self-worth you cultivate…
‘I’m trying to be assertive. That might mean having difficult conversations and advocating in a way that just doesn’t come naturally to me, but I’m trying.’
Opening up: Sienna Miller admits she was confronted with the biggest role of her life when lockdown forced the actress to homeschool her daughter while juggling her career
After shooting 2014’s American Sniper, her co-star Bradley Cooper could not join her on the promo trail as he was on Broadway, so she ventured alone in plugging one of the highest-grossing R-rated movies ever for a ‘pitiful’ sum.
Her pay was reportedly measly, as she said: ‘At the time, of course, I was incredibly grateful. [To be] offered a role in a Clint Eastwood movie. I’d had a baby…
‘I hadn’t worked for a while; it was with Bradley Cooper; it was an amazing story. They knew I would do it for nothing. And I always had done that.’
She went on: ‘As the woman, you’re lent on so heavily for promotion in a way that men often aren’t. What you wear on a red carpet; how much press you have to do… They are going to get their money’s worth.”
Tough task: Sienna tells PORTER she had to step into the mind of a child in order to keep the eight-year old entertained while single-handedly taking responsibility for her remote learning
On learning her worth, she said: ‘I’m pretty hardcore these days. If you have to move location for filming – which men have to do, but more often than not their wives stay home with the kids – when you’re a single mother shooting…
‘I have to bring my child, find a school, find childcare. Who pays for that? Why would I not be more compensated as a result for having to uproot my entire family in order to work? That’s a battle. Her father is amazing, I’m not saying I’m on my own, but as a working mother, I can’t be away from my kid.’
Elsewhere in the interview, Sienna spoke about how she was confronted with the biggest role of her life when lockdown forced the actress to homeschool her daughter while juggling her career.
Stars: Speaking to PORTER, the actress, 38, detailed how she approaches finances in a chat that comes weeks after it was revealed that her late 21 Bridges co-star Chadwick Boseman forfeited part of his salary to cover the fee she requested
The British star remained in isolation with daughter Marlowe – her only child with former partner Tom Sturridge – at their upstate New York home as normal life effectively ground to a halt in March.
She said she had to step into the mind of a child in order to keep the eight-year old entertained while single-handedly taking responsibility for her remote learning.
‘She was too young to be able to manage it on her own,’ she recalled. ‘And being an only child, she didn’t have much stimulation from people her own age, so I had to regress and [assume] a seven-year-old mindset.
‘[There was] lots of roughhousing, throwing on beds and playing, which I was very happy to do. But there wasn’t much time for anything else.
‘I had grand ideas of learning a language. I downloaded [the language app] Babbel. I haven’t been on it once.’
Tough: She said she had to step into the mind of a child in order to keep the eight-year old entertained while single-handedly taking responsibility for her remote learning
Read all about it: The full interview with Sienna Miller is available in the latest online edition of PORTER
Lockdown restrictions have since relaxed – albeit on a short term basis – and Sienna has returned to the United Kingdom for work on a short term basis after four years living in New York.
‘It’s surreal because I wasn’t ready to move back,’ she said of her return, which comes as Britain prepares for a second national lockdown. ‘I have to remind myself that I’m here because I’m working.’
Despite her reluctance to leave New York, Sienna admits the move to America’s east coast has prompted a diminishing lack of interest in her personal life after years of public scrutiny, particularly during her high-profile engagement to Jude Law.
‘I don’t feel people are particularly interested in my private life anymore,’ she said. ‘Certainly, when I was younger that was the focus and it was really aggravating. But I think the world has changed.
‘I’ve been working for long enough. There’s enough to talk about. I don’t feel valued only for what I wear or who I was with. I don’t feel defined by those experiences either. I certainly did when I was 21 or 22.
‘Maybe it’s different in England but I don’t think in America it was as much of a [concern].’
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