A Minute With: Sienna Miller on Hitchcock's obsessions

Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:56am EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the words of Alfred Hitchcock, "Blondes make the best victims".

But while the great British director's preference for blondes has been documented, new film "The Girl" narrows in on one particular obsession - actress Tippi Hedren, whom he handpicked to star in his 1960s movies "The Birds" and "Marnie".

The film, premiering on Saturday on U.S. cable channel HBO, offers a cinematic tale of Hedren's version of how Hitchcock, played by Toby Jones, launched her career, and, after she refused his sexual advances, eventually killed it.

Sienna Miller spoke to Reuters about portraying Hedren, whether "The Girl" will change Hitchcock's legacy and whether the film world still allows for such abuses of power.

Q: Does Tippi Hedren, now 82, still feel Hitchcock ruined her career?

A: "Well, she absolutely does feel that, because he did. She is at the same time very complimentary about him, and as a director no one is disputing the fact that he was incredible at what he does. And also he taught her how to act and she is very indebted to him for that - to learn from the master. But yes, he was really responsible for damaging her career and of course there is resentment that comes with that."

Q: Tell us about the emotions she was going through while filming "The Birds" and "Marnie" and coping with his advances.

A: "She was trying desperately to keep her head afloat, to do the job, just to walk the moral line, to not react, to not capitulate to his demands, or desires, whilst remaining respectful to this incredible filmmaker that she was working for. But I think she gradually became more and more ostracized from everyone and people on the set were seeing this behavior ... and turning a blind eye, which was completely isolating."   Continued...

Actress Sienna Miller poses for a portrait at the London Hotel in New York October 5, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri