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GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra - Sienna Miller interview

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Interview by Rob Carnevale

SIENNA Miller speaks to us at the press conference for GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra about learning to fire weapons without squinting, sweating in her tight outfits and playing a brunette and a blonde in the same movie. She also reveals why she’s off to Broadway next…

Q. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a very different role for you. Have you become quite the action girl now?
Sienna Miller: I loved it. It was such a relief to do something that was just pure entertainment and fun, and I had to get fit for the first time in my life, and that was entertaining. Six weeks of fight training – I can do mixed martial arts, I can fire weapons now, I’m a good little scrapper. It’s very difficult to recreate an iconic character like The Baroness, but it was a lot of fun.

Q. Which is more fun – being blonde or brunette?
Sienna Miller: As a brunette, I got some very large weapons – so probably a brunette in GI Joe was the most fun.

Q. What was the toughest challenge, and how sweaty was your outfit?
Sienna Miller: The most challenging thing was the fight training – learning the fights. Six weeks of training with Rachel [Nichols]. The outfit definitely did get sweaty. Initially for me, firing guns was quite a big deal – I found that quite intimidating, not coming from a gun culture, and I couldn’t do it without squinting. Channing [Tatum] dropped me, too, but he’s a hero so I forgave him!

Q. Now that you’ve made your first Hollywood blockbuster, will you be considering a more permanent move to America?
Sienna Miller: I’m staying at home because I can’t leave London. It’s great because I get to travel a lot with work, but my home will always be here. I love British cinema and I’ve made some really cool British films that I’m very proud of, and it’s great to be able to hop between this kind of genre and then back to the more independent, art-house stuff that I’ve done before.

Q. But do you find you’ve got other film offers coming your way now that your profile has been raised in a film like this?
Sienna Miller: I haven’t decided what I’m doing next. It’s kind of a case of doing the promotion for this, and then I’m doing a play on Broadway. It’s called After Miss Julie, by Patrick Marber, with Jonny Lee Miller – very exciting.

Q. The term franchise has been mentioned with GI Joe – are you all signed up and ready to go, was that part of the deal?
Sienna Miller: Yes. We’re hoping that we get to do more, because we had such a great time on this one.

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