A Minute With: Sienna Miller on acting, 'American Sniper'

Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:11am EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With long dark hair and an American accent, British actress Sienna Miller disappears into her role as the wife of a U.S. Navy SEAL sharpshooter in the film "American Sniper."

Blond, blue-eyed Miller has ramped up her career since the birth of her daughter in 2012. Next month, she takes over as singer Sally Bowles for the final weeks of "Cabaret" on Broadway.

The musical set in pre-World War Two Berlin is a world away from her role in "American Sniper" as Taya Kyle, whose husband Chris, played by Bradley Cooper, was the deadliest marksman in Navy history.

The Clint Eastwood film opens in U.S. theaters on Friday and depicts the impact of war on a soldier and his family. Kyle survived four tours in Iraq but was killed by a disgruntled U.S. veteran at a gun range near his Texas home in 2013.

Miller, 33, spoke about film choices, motherhood and playing real people.

Q: What attracted you to playing Taya?

A: The story was so interesting to me. It is so culturally far removed from where I've grown up and the world I have lived in. It is undeniably compelling and the idea, as a new mother, of being in that position of having children and not knowing every day whether your husband would survive, and what that would be like.

Q: Has motherhood changed your career choices?   Continued...

Actress Sienna Miller arrives for the premiere of the film "American Sniper" in New York, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri