'I was naive... that led me into all sorts of situations that backfired'

Sienna Miller on how she is grateful for a second shot in Hollywood

Sienna Miller says she was unprepared for the attention she received after winning overnight fame as Daniel Craig’s love interest in Layer Cake.

The actress survived on a steady diet of low budget independent films before scoring her first prominent role in the British gangster movie in 2004.
But while it proved to be a springboard to international fame, she tells the March issue of the UK edition of Esquire that she wasn’t ready for the intense glare of the media spotlight.

She said: ‘I was really naive, I think. I was a young 21. Not green as grass – I was by no means an innocent – but I had faith in the goodness of everyone.
'I was very open. And that led me into all sorts of situations that backfired.’

She said: ‘It had become difficult for me to get the work I wanted, if I’m really honest. It was a weird situation to be in because there was a lot of goodwill for me in Hollywood.
‘I think I’d been lucky in that I’d always been naughty in that town and people had always liked me for it. (But) I sabotaged things. I burnt a lot of bridges. I never read a review or paid any mind to what anyone said.

‘And that translated to how I behaved outside work. On set, I was first to arrive, last to leave, best friends with the crew, totally professional, no d***ing around.
'But when I wasn’t at work, I wasn’t behaving the way you should. I’m very lucky to have a second chance in that town.’

Sienna’s personal life has been forced into the public arena at the Leveson Inquiry, where phone hacking trials have heard claims of an intimate message left by the actress on Layer Cake co-star Craig's phone - and a sarcastic voicemail to the James Bond star from Jude Law.
‘It’s so personal, it’s such a raw nerve, it had such a massive effect on me, on my life and career, that I don’t know what would come out of it except I will kind of vent, in a fury,’ she said.

‘Believe me, there is a torrent of abuse I would love to hurl at half of their faces. But there are more eloquent people. I don’t trust myself. I’m too volatile.’