by Emily Sheffield – full article Vogue UK
For Sienna Miller, the past few years have encompassed motherhood, controversy, hard-won success and, recently, a broken engagement. Emerging from the tempest, and on the brink of super-stardom, she told Emily Sheffield, in the October issue of Vogue, why she is “not easily defeated”
Sienna Miller is looking like any other young mother on a Monday night having just bundled her excited two-year-old into bed following a long day at work: tired, harried, hair a bit mussed, eyeshadow caked into the creases of her eyelids. She has been on a fashion shoot since 9am and then there was the Suffolk wedding party of a mutual friend at the weekend, where sleep, she admits, simply didn’t happen. And she and actor Tom Sturridge had left early on Sunday to collect their daughter, Marlowe, who was being watched by Tom’s mother, actress Phoebe Nicholls. Sienna pads barefoot, striped black-and-white jersey top slipping off a tanned shoulder, over to the fridge, which has a wooden cockerel perched on top. “Wine? Shall we? I need it!” she grins, pulling out a bottle of rosé. “I do sometimes worry about my wine abilities!” she giggles, sloshing it into pretty glasses and handing me mine. “I absolutely love it…”
I can tell you that the kitchen in her west London home is airy and light, with wooden floorboards and a vast concrete island. Family pictures are framed above the kitchen table, which looks out on to a garden tumbled with roses and lavender. Next door, velvet sofas dominate a long double sitting room, with green Chinese wallpaper and shelves lined with books – including Tennessee Williams, Tobias Wolff and a West Wing box set squeezed in. It’s cosy and normal.
No time for Monday-night sofa slumming today, however. Tomorrow is Marlowe’s third birthday and Tom is at Hamleys buying her presents now, which will have to be wrapped, although “I am not very good at it,” Sienna sighs. The Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing is ringing the bell at the white front door and Sienna’s phone is giving off yet another elegant ping. It was Wareing who taught Sienna the requisite skills to pass as a talented chef de partie for her new film Burnt – spooning, chopping and dissecting turbot. She groans comically: “I think I cooked 70 turbots in one day – my fingers smelt of fish for weeks.” Vogue has reunited teacher and pupil to see if Sienna has remembered Wareing’s hard-taught techniques. She takes another gulp of wine and welcomes Marcus, quickly sneaking some old sprouting potatoes into the bin out of sight from the master chef when she thinks he’s not looking.
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