As an entertainment reporter, I’m perpetually caught between two totally different worlds. By day, I’m mulling over an occasional Starbucks purchase and/or in my apartment tucked in the valley. Many nights, I’m offered glasses of Veuve Clicquot while brushing shoulders with A-listers at the Four Seasons. I’ll tell you this much: It’s never boring. But with that, I do have an intimate experience with the luxuries at many celebs’ disposal — big, black cars and entourages don’t just roll around for anyone — and I’m very aware of just how elite Hollywood can be.
I got to thinking about all of this when watching Sienna Miller in her new film American Woman, and reading the buzz around it. Sienna plays a totally stripped down single mom of a middle-lower-class family in a rural Pennsylvania town. Couldn’t seem more distant from the movie star’s real life, right? (Her performance, which depicts a woman whose daughter’s gone missing and has to singlehandedly care for her young grandson, is already getting award recognition chatter.)
Because many circumstances of the character’s life feel so far away from those of an actual A-list movie star’s, I asked Sienna about it at the LA premiere (the movie comes out June 14). The director Jake Scott (who’s famed director Ridley Scott‘s son) and Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks weigh in as well. You’ll see that struggle is universal. While life of the rich and famous definitely offers conveniences and luxuries, perhaps it also delivers different kinds of hardships than, say, those of a lower-class family trying to stay afloat. (Sienna even acknowledges her tough times with tabloids, suing the press, etc.) If I took anything away from my brief talk with them, it’s that true resilience is in all of us and maybe fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, after all.