Sienna Miller, starring alongside Rupert Friend in the new Netflix thriller Anatomy of a Scandal, admits her personal past, particularly being a massive tabloid target in the 2000s, made her apprehensive about signing on to the series.
“I think I was hesitant to perhaps insert myself back into a somewhat familiar scenario of the snooping press and the feelings of dread when a story that's very personal is about to be made very public, which was something I experienced much of when I was younger,” Miller told Yahoo Canada.
For those who may not remember, Miller’s personal life was plastered all over magazines almost 20 years ago, notably when her engagement with actor Jude Law came to an end after it was revealed that he was having an affair with the nanny to his children from a previous marriage. But the tabloid stalking continued for years, into other relationships, with Miller, just last year, settling with The Sun after suing the tabloid, accusing the publisher of hacking her phone to leak her pregnancy.
Sienna Miller thinks misogyny is "dissolving". The 40-year-old actress has a starring role in the new Netflix drama 'Anatomy of a Scandal' - a story adapted from Sarah Vaughn's novel of the same name about a wealthy politician accused of raping his political researcher lover.
Sienna portrays Sophie Whitehouse, who stands by her husband James (Rupert Friend) when he is accused of the rape, and believes that the change in gender attitudes has helped bring the drama to the screen.
She told the BBC: "There is a male, a certain type of man - their confidence is built in them as much as their education. "But it's starting to shift, I see it in younger generations of men, it's quite inspiring to see that inbuilt misogyny or superiority is slightly dissolving."
Sienna continued: "I certainly won't take things like I used to. I used to walk into a room with only men and feel very intimated and now I don't. There's a strength in the unity of women right now." The actress also suggests that the new series highlights the "ignorance" of those who do not realise they are privileged and have an advantage in life.
Sienna explained: "From the series flashbacks, you understand why some people are the way they are because they've never been told they're not capable of achieving whatever they've dreamed of.