Sienna Miller Gets Frank About Feeling Guilty & Being A Mom

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Sienna Miller has had a big year. The American Sniper star is once again rising on the horizon of Hollywood, back and better than ever. She's also newly single and mom to 3-year-old Marlowe — which, considering the demands of her career, makes for a pretty hectic life.

"It's been really quite overwhelming recently, just with the volume of everything going on," the actress tells Vogue U.K. in the October issue. "Everything is shifting."

And it certainly hasn't been easy to manage, either. "It's actually been the shittiest year," Miller explains, adding that it's also been amazing — because that's how these things work. "It's always yin and yang. I feel like if you're excelling in one area, it's hard to manage both, and I do feel like the work is going really well."

She also digs into what it means to be a parent, and how it's changed her perspective on everyday living. "Obviously when you have a baby, it's the most incredible experience, but your life is also catapulted into this chaos, and you are exhausted," she shares.

Like most women trying their hand at having it all, "I'd like to be more super," Miller goes on, "although we're never going to feel it, even if we are."

"That's the curse of motherhood — we just run ourselves ragged. I'm just trying to get a sense of what that guilt is. I sometimes feel like it's a totally invented emotion. It's strange to be punishing ourselves this way. It's not healthy."

It's refreshing to see someone with a seemingly charmed life be frank about the difficulties of parenting, working, and trying to keep everything from coming crashing down. Particularly someone like Miller, who may have chaos going on in the background but — on the surface — seems to handle it all gracefully, with a perfectly coiffed bob and in a fancy jumpsuit, no less.

Miller is a consummate pro, clearly capable of taking things in stride. (For example, getting cut from Black Mass after busting her hump to perfect a Boston accent. Yikes.) It's good to have her back and on the "real talk" circuit. The world could use a little more of that on the red carpet.

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