It's not easy; even the actress herself acknowledges that her body of work is rather slim. So far she is better known for generating headlines because of her turbulent affair with Jude Law , her co-star in Alfie that's one of her films. That is all about to change. After several highly publicised break-ups and reconciliations, the romance is finally over and she has been devoting her energies to work. She still gets publicity for all the wrong reasons — she was recently mocked in the newspapers for an ill-judged pair of black micro-shorts — but she now has five films in the can awaiting release.
First out is Factory Girl , in which she plays Edie Sedgwick, the privileged socialite who became Pop Art icon Andy Warhol's friend and muse, starring in some of his movies in the mids and becoming the centre of New York counter-culture before developing a drug addiction that led to her death in at the age of It is easy to draw some parallels between Miller and Sedgwick, whom she closely resembles.
Both came from elegant backgrounds, both were hailed as It-girls for their sense of style and fashion and both have an air of vulnerability. But there the resemblance ends, because Sedgwick suffered serious physical and mental abuse from her father and spent some time in a mental hospital before going to New York, meeting Warhol and descending into drug addiction.
Although she was aware of Warhol's work, Miller knew very little about Sedgwick when she was offered the script. Miller spent a year researching Sedgwick's life, watching her movies, reading books about her, talking to her friends and her husband and the people who hung out at the Factory when she was there. The only problems she encountered were with some of the former Factory crowd.
Factory Girl contains some explicit sex scenes between Miller and Hayden Christensen, who plays a folk singer based on Bob Dylan, with whom Sedgwick had an affair but whose name has been changed in the film for legal reasons. It was so sad," says Miller, who admits she had "concerns" about the sex scenes. So I think that if you're going to do it, do it. She met Law while they were filming Alfie in and they became engaged on Christmas Day They split up after he publicly acknowledged an affair with his children's nanny.
She and Law reunited, split up again, and the rocky relationship finally ended in October shortly after they attended the Toronto film festival together. She has just bought a house for herself in London and is finding that, without Law accompanying her, she no longer has to spend so much time dodging the paparazzi.
He is incredibly raw and gritty and talented, and he's so bold," she says. She moved to England as a child and attended a girls' boarding school in Salisbury. Her father, a prominent banker, and her mother, an interior designer, divorced when she was five and her father has just married for a fourth time, giving her two more step-brothers to add to her sister, two half-brothers and step-sister.
British producer-director Matthew Vaughn cast her in Layer Cake and she then co-starred with Heath Ledger in Casanova that's the three. Meanwhile she is, like Edie Sedgwick, attempting to break a long-standing addiction.