Sienna Miller opened up about her personal life and her film career in this month’s Esquire and the result is unexpectedly candid. The actress admits that her off-set behaviour and turbulent love life “sabotaged” her Hollywood prospects.

Sienna Miller, British Fashion Awards 2013
Miller's wild child days almost ended her acting career.

“I was really naive, I think. I was a young 21,” she tells Esquire magazine. “Not green as grass – I was by no means an innocent – but I had faith in the goodness of everyone. I was very open. And that led me into all sorts of situations that backfired.”

What exactly were those situations? In the interview, Miller heads straight for the elephant in the room – her very public on-and-off relationship with Jude Law provided tabloid fodder for several years, up until they separated in 2006. In the interview, Miller says that she didn’t think about the effect that kind of publicity would have on her acting engagements.

Jude Law
Miller's public relationship with Jude Law lead to a downward spiral in her career, the actress admits.

“It had become difficult for me to get the work I wanted, if I’m really honest,” she adds. “It was a weird situation to be in because there was a lot of goodwill for me in Hollywood. I think I’d been lucky in that I’d always been naughty in that town and people had always liked me for it. [But] I sabotaged things. I burnt a lot of bridges. I never read a review or paid any mind to what anyone said. And that translated to how I behaved outside work. On set, I was first to arrive, last to leave, best friends with the crew, totally professional, no d***ing around. But when I wasn’t at work, I wasn’t behaving the way you should. I’m very lucky to have a second chance in that town.”

After that turbulent period of her life, Miller says she deliberately disappeared from the media’s radar, retreating away from the business for a couple of years. Miller also recalls how she was thrust into the spotlight in 2011, after News of the World admitted to hacking into her phone.

Sienna Miller, BFI
Her involvement in the 2011 phone tapping scandal only made matters worse.

“It’s so personal, it’s such a raw nerve, it had such a massive effect on me, on my life and career, that I don’t know what would come out of it except I will kind of vent, in a fury,” she says. “Believe me, there is a torrent of abuse I would love to hurl at half of their faces. But there are more eloquent people. I don’t trust myself. I’m too volatile.”

Miller is back acting now and has roles in two films coming out this year - Business Trip opposite Dave Franco and Vince Vaughan and Foxcatcher with Channing Tatum and Steve Carell later in the year.