I can’t believe I haven’t noticed Sienna Miller before. Sure she’s pretty but her beauty always seemed sort of common. She didn’t stand out for me in Casanova or the Alfie remake. It wasn’t until I saw Interview that I saw her beauty stand out.
Man she’s gorgeous. And cast as the latest Hollywood, meaningless “it”-girl she is made up to look it. But that’s not it. She gets into this character and makes her into something more. It’s not as simple as giving her character depth. It’s not like we are to see there is a soul behind the blond ambitious starlet. That’s too easy. It’s that she makes this person real. Her Katya is not likeable. She’s not misunderstood. She’s cunning and desirable and somewhat mad. She’s an emotional vampire who feeds off her attacker’s misery. It’s a fascinating character and Sienna proves that she’s got the chops to get underneath it.
She’s a rising star who uses publicity to sell herself and she’s being interviewed by a hardened political journalist who has seen better days. He thinks he is above this assignment and she plays him for that mistake. Watching her deconstruct him is a guilty pleasure, made ironic by the fact that this film’s audience are the kind who think they are above this kind of whorish actress. The film is a bit of a slap in the face of those who want to sit back in scorn. She’s the millionaire who gets to hang out in her indulgent life snorting coke. Who is playing whom?
The script, adapted from the Dutch film and directed by Steve Buscemi, is hit and miss. There are great scenes but they are interlaced with moments that really miss the mark. There are moments where the characters’ reality becomes tenuous and it feels a bit forced. But once it gets back on track it is compelling. Mostly due to Miller’s command of her character the her disdain for all things that judge her, her trophy boyfriend, her “adoring” fans and the holier-than-thou media that builds her up only to tear her down.
Miller proves that she’s so much more than her gorgeous face. She’s got the real thing here. Unlike her character, whose talent is manipulation and exploitation, Miller is a real actor and if she keeps picking roles that let her act she won’t end up as the kind of actress she’s playing in this film.