Scarlett Johansson should be preparing a nice thank-you basket to send over to Sienna Miller’s house. Scarlett has a lot to be thankful for, because Sienna has gone ahead and publicly slipped into the role of an actress who doesn’t think there are any roles that are off-limits.
Sienna recently spoke about her thoughts on diverse casting during an interview with The Telegraph to promote her film, American Woman. Don’t worry, Sienna’s publicist – her comments aren’t “Shittsburg” levels of messiness. But they might warrant a bit of a post-lunch headache.
In American Woman, Sienna plays a poor, single mother from Pennsylvania. Sienna herself is the daughter of a model and a banker-turned-art dealer, who went to a fancy all-girls boarding school in Ascot. According to Sienna, that’s not the farthest character stretch she should be able to play. via Yahoo! News:
“I feel everybody should be able to play everybody. It seems absurd to me to start to legislate on creativity. That’s not trying to be insensitive – of course, there are people who have a deeper understanding of experiences, and they should definitely be considered.
It feels like liberal is becoming almost fascistic in its controlling of what can and cannot be done. It feels dangerous to me. If you started to restrict me to playing English women who went to boarding school at eight, I would give up.”
Poor Sienna! Imagine, spending the rest of her days acting like an entitled snob. I’m talking about being typecast in movies, of course. But Sienna is kind of missing the point here, which is that no one is arguing that Sienna can only play a rich British boarding school alumnus. It’s just that if someone comes her way with a potential part, and the character description makes her Google, “What part of China is this person from?“, well then – maybe she should think about passing that onto an actress better suited for the part.
And I’m personally a little offended that she’s be so offended to play English women who went to boarding school. Show some respect, Sienna – some blonde actresses have built a very successful career on being an out-of-touch person with money!