I saw her around the time she was considering whether to appear before the Inquiry, at a party in London, and we talked briefly, over thumping music, about how strange it seemed: her alone against the might of the Murdoch media empire, when she could just as well settle for a large payment and a quieter life. No question." Her testimony to Leveson was measured, methodical, persuasive. She revealed that, at one point, she became so convinced that someone close to her was betraying her that she accused her mother and sister of selling stories to the press.But Sienna has always been a fighter in these matters: she successfully sued the ; she took out a pioneering injunction against the paparazzi; and she was the first person to bring a claim against News International for phone hacking, and the first to obtain a judgment against it. In fact, of course, her messages were being listened to. One thing I'm pretty sure about is that no one [working for a newspaper] is tapping anyone's phone any more. And certain parts of the media have been exposed for what they are, which is manipulative, dishonest and fraudulent, and abhorrent and criminal.You never know with me, Alex." Me: "Were you not single? Sienna: "Do you plan these, by the way, these interviews? But it was for her love life that she was best known.She and Law were caught in a tabloid frenzy after he was revealed to be cheating on her, and they later split.Their relationship the first time around was "a huge part of my life and his life and it ended in a way that was awful.When something ends in a way like that, it's important if you can, in a way, go back and revisit it and either shut that door or create a new room. And I think it paved the way for both of us to have great futures with no animosity or drama. And I'm great friends with him and with his children. Just huge love and respect for all of them." She pauses. " *** In the last few years, Sienna has given three really big public performances: on stage, in London, for Trevor Nunn in a terrific 2011 revival of Terence Rattigan's , for which Sienna won perhaps the best notices of her career; and in late 2011 at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, where, as one of the most high-profile victims of the phone-hacking scandal, she was a star witness. I'm a lot less rich than I could have been, but glad. The hacking of her phone had made her "very scared and intensely paranoid".I want to be candid but I also don't want to regurgitate shit that's in the past." Suffice to say, Sienna felt she needed to get away from Hollywood, from the limelight, if for no other reason than to lick her wounds."I felt like I had no control over any aspect of my life," she says, "professionally or personally. I was sick of myself, to be honest, or sick of that perception of me.
Jude Law was acting on Broadway at the same time and they were reunited.In this case, have a vaguely sensible conversation, for the record, excerpts of which we can later string together to fill the spaces between the photographs. When she arrives at our table at Scott's, I'm already making progress on an aperitif. Total dad drink." She orders a dirty martini and we study the menu. Sienna first came to public attention in 2004 as the new girlfriend of the celebrated and glamorous Jude Law, her co-star in , which was only her second proper film. Not green as grass – I was by no means an innocent – but I had faith in the goodness of everyone. And that led me into all sorts of situations that backfired." Sienna is a child of privilege (wealthy father, expensive schools), but her background is also quite bohemian, a bit posh hippy.Sienna: "We should be really chic and have the shellfish platter. Her fame was overnight: "One day I was anonymous," she told me in 2009, "the next day people were outside my flat." She was 21, gorgeous, stylish, talented, in love – and unprepared. Her openness, her lack of guile, her ignorance of the way her behaviour might be judged by others, she thinks, may have contributed to some of the problems she experienced in her mid-twenties, when she became the target of much public bullying.And then I turned around and she was gone, vanished into the early morning, home to boyfriend and baby, taking her sparkle with her, and suddenly it really was the time it really was, in the back of a bar on Old Compton Street, in the company of a gallery of Soho rogues, and while I certainly wasn't hammered (please, I'm a professional), I wasn't exactly undrunk, either, and I, too, had a bed to go to and a tiny child to be screamed at by.And to think it had all started so quietly, if not quite soberly, many, many hours earlier, at Scott's, the plutocratic Mayfair fish restaurant, where we'd slurped oysters and cocktails and made periodic trips outside to sit under space heaters and smoke fags.Then she had another high-profile relationship, with the actor Rhys Ifans.Finally, she had an affair with another actor, Balthazar Getty, a married father of four. She also (quite rightly, if you ask me) resented being told how to behave.It wasn't simply that she was subjected to unpleasantness.Her tabloid image had a negative impact on her career, as film producers and studio executives worried that public opinion had turned against her.And she's famously soignée, too, tonight in tight black trousers, strappy heels, a low-cut, floaty white tank top over a blue bra and under a glittering, sequined black jacket, with a fur thrown on top when we go outside. Back then, she was emerging from a turbulent period in her private life, and in her public life, too. "I was a hamster in one of those balls, running around." Me: "You were a hamster in a ball? It's time to get her movie career, which had blazed for a time and then fizzled, back on track. It seems churlish, with all this good news in mind, to go over the well-trodden, sometimes rocky ground of her life before Tom and Marlowe.She's wearing a big statement necklace, which, of course I neglect to ask about just as I neglect to ask about so many things. She's a distraction from whatever it is you're trying to get done. " Me (feeling good about myself): "A negroni." Sienna: "Dad drink. But it's a hard subject to avoid, because she went through all that to get to here – and the last time I interviewed her she was in the thick of it.