April 7, 2009 / 8:03 PM / 10 years ago

Sienna Miller excited, scared over Broadway debut

Actress Sienna Miller arrives at the 2008 Film Independent's Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, February 23, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Sienna Miller is scared about making her Broadway debut in October but said on Tuesday that treading the boards on the Great White Way is something she has always dreamed about.

The star of movies including “Alfie” and “The Edge of Love” will appear in the American premiere of Patrick Marber’s play “After Miss Julie,” which opens on Broadway on October 22 after a 2003 run at London’s Donmar Warehouse.

“I’m scared obviously but really excited,” Miller told Reuters in a joint interview with actor Peter Sarsgaard to promote their new movie “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.” “Patrick Marber is, I think, one of the most fantastic writers.”

Miller’s role is Miss Julie in Marber’s version of August Strindberg’s 1888 play about sex and class that sets it in an English country house on the eve of the Labor Party’s historic landslide election in 1945.

“If you want to be an actress you think about opening on Broadway,” said Miller, who begins rehearsals on August 20 and starts preview performances on September 18.

The 27-year-old actress, who attracts as much attention for her style and love life as she does her performances, has already debuted in London’s West End, starring in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in 2005.

Sarsgaard, who made his Broadway debut late last year in “The Seagull,” offered Miller some advice — get a masseuse to come to her dressing room between the twice weekly matinee and evening performances.

“That’s good advice, I will have to take that on board,” Miller laughed, adding she used to have reflexology in London to help her cope with performing eight times a week.

Miller and Sarsgaard’s “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” based on Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon’s novel of the same name, opens in major U.S. cities on Friday.

Editing by John O'Callaghan

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