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' I'm not the total she-devil I'm made out to be .. it makes me sick to read that stuff ' PAUL MARTIN'S BIG SATURDAY INTERVIEW: SIENNA OPENS HER HEART.

Byline: PAUL MARTIN

I WAS quite looking forward to chatting to Sienna Miller. After all, she must be one of hottest girls in showbiz.

She looks sexy, has a great body and seems intoxicatingly flirtatious. What more could a red-blooded male ask for? Plus, I had met her before and found her to be, rather surprisingly, a charming, seemingly kind-hearted woman.

I remember sharing a coffee with her a couple of years ago when I gatecrashed her supposedly low-key visit to Dublin where she was in town to party with pals for a few days.

She seemed down-to-earth and likeable as she giggled over coffee and burst into hysterical laughter when I told her there were around a dozen paparazzi waiting on the steps outside to try and grab her.

Women, however, appear to have a rather different view of the 27-year old. Take a normally mild-mannered female friend of mine for instance who appeared to turn a shade of bright red when I mentioned my upcoming date with the star.

"Stunning girl, but a complete marriage-wrecking bitch," she announced. "She should be ashamed of herself the way she gets on." I dashed to my laptop and pulled up a website about the actress to see if the wider-world shared those rather unforgiving views. The comments posted were equally as colourful.

"Complete slut. She may look great but her personality is vile," exclaimed one woman. Another blasted: "Sienna is cheap and has no morals. I can't stand her."

WOUNDED

Not a single word about her acting of course. Sienna came face-to-face with that kind of hatred when news of her dating billionaire married father-of-four Balthazar Getty hit the press. She woke at her London home one morning to find the word "slut" emblazoned across her door.

And that's just the problem when it comes to Sienna. She could pull off an Oscar-winning performance of Dame Judy Dench proportions and still we'd only be talking about one thing - her inescapably tangled and messy love life.

The whole episode started famously when she was publicly burned by Jude Law, her now ex-fiance, who cheated on her with the nanny of his three children.

Miller then dated Welsh actor Rhys Ifans for nearly a year and when it ended she said of the split: "I really thought I was very ready to settle down, but then I realised I wanted to be selfish for just a little bit longer."

After her relationship with Ifans ended, Miller began a relationship with Getty, who was married to designer Rosetta Getty at the time they got together.

It's clear she has been wounded by the backlash against her from the press and public alike. She admits: "It gets me down some times. Jude was a very loving, very close relationship and it didn't come across that way in the press. Obviously, we had our problems, but every single person I know has experienced infidelity. It's not the first time it's happened to me, and it probably won't be the last."

In an odd way the Jude Law scandal was the best thing that could have happened to her. Until then she was struggling on the fringes of the acting game.

She accepts that there have been advantages: "I can now be on the cover of certain magazines, which studios like because it promotes your film. And yes, at times it can be fun, but it's not important. And there are far more negatives from that kind of attention. Overall I think it hurt work. It's harder for me to be taken seriously. But I can't change what's happened."

When things get really tough to take Sienna has one place she loves to escape to - Ireland. There's something about the place that just gets my head straight and helps me to get back to the way I used to be before fame," she says with a smile.

"I love the place. I'm always coming in and out of Ireland and nobody even knows about it. You can be anonymous there if you want to be. I spent a whole Saturday sitting in a little country pub about a year ago, sipping Guinness with a few friends, and nobody even noticed me. It was heaven.

"I wouldn't live in Ireland because then I would have nowhere to run to when things get tough."

So when does it get too much for her? "Usually when I read all these wild stories making me out to be a total she-devil. I'm linked to everyone I worked with. When I just started this film with Cillian Murphy, who's having his second baby with his wife, they started writing we were having an affair when we hadn't shot one scene together. The media want me to be this partying, shagging girl, and the reality is I was in a relationship for the past four years and I in a relationship for two years before that."

Sienna winces when she's reminded of a few of the more recent headlines about her which range from her supposedly adopting a new "crazy curry diet" to getting involved in an "F-word fury at a paparazzi". "Oh, God, it makes me feel sick when I see that kind of stuff," she says." A curry diet? I'm not too skinny. Well, I have told the paparazzi to f*** off, that sounds like something I'd do."

She appears much more comfortable when I turn the attention to her love of fashion and clothes. "I think with any woman, if you're feeling a bit down and you put on a great jacket or a great top, you can feel a little bit better about yourself with clothes," she says. "I think people think I'm more fashiony than I actually am. I don't have a stylist; I don't plan outfits. It's quite thrown together."

I ask her if she feels comfortable with her body. "Not totally - I'm a normal girl. If I have to do a sex scene I take a long time to pluck up the courage to get my clothes off. I can't stand gratuitous sex scenes." Before I bid farewell I can't help but ask if, after so many failed high-profile romances, love may be on the cards in the future.

"I hope so, but I'm not going to rush into anything again," she says with certainty. "I'm learning as I go. I'm not the wild woman in love that so many people think I am though." Maybe the girls have got it wrong about this woman. Maybe she's not a home-wrecking love cheat who cares only about herself.

At 25, she's certainly made her fair share of errors. But as she makes her exit she concludes: "Maybe people should judge me more when I'm 35. I mean what person my age hasn't made a few silly mistakes?"

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