Sienna Miller: “It’s always a dilemma”
Ms. Miller, although you’ve surely been offered compelling leading roles since Foxcatcher and American Sniper, we continue to see you in supporting ones. How come?
I found that hard to balance with motherhood. I’ve done a play, which you can kind of get away with because you have the days off, but the idea of three months on set in every scene is really daunting. I think it’s always a struggle in whatever industry you’re in. But with acting, it’s the inconsistency that makes it complicated. I sometimes have tons of time for my daughter, which I love, but other times… I think it’s always a dilemma, isn’t it? To get that balance right, to fulfill your creative needs and also be there for your kids. So, I do find that now I'm a parent, my ambition has, to a certain degree, dwindled.
Which is normal for any parent, no?
Of course. I think I’ve just realized that there is something more important than my career and my own needs — and that's my child. I've never been the most ambitious person in the world, you know, I've always prioritized family and friendship, or put that on a par with my career. It's not the only thing that I see as a fulfillment in my life. I think to be really successful you have to probably be a little bit more driven than I find I am, you know, in terms of strategizing and doing releases that will make money so that you get value… You have to compromise artistically, and I've never been that good at doing that.
Yukimi Nagano: “I don’t feel any pressure”
Ms. Nagano, do you think our understanding of what a band is has changed since the days of The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
I think the music industry has definitely changed. I think people had gotten used to session musicians and the idea of artists collaborating and playing with other artists on stage but these days, a lot of concerts almost have a live karaoke vibe; artists will have a back track playing. I think in pop music where there’s a lot of layered instruments, some artists find it easier to just have a back track with a drummer and all the background vocals on tape…
And that also effects people’s perception of other artists. I think when people talk about Little Dragon; they’re talking about you first and the band second.
Which is weird because I don’t really think of myself as the frontwoman of Little Dragon. To describe myself that way would feel like I’m putting myself over the guys which I couldn’t do because I’m so dependent on them. But I guess that’s just how it is when you’re the singer and the only girl. I mean, I think I’ve heard, “How does it feel to be the only girl in the band?” like a million times. It’s a really uninteresting question to me but it keeps getting asked, you know?