Broken trust, a huge politician with an image to maintain, and intense scrutiny from the public– this is the plot of Anatomy of a Scandal right from the very beginning. After leading what seems like the perfect life, Sophie finds herself in the middle of what she can only describe as a scandal.
Actress Sienna Miller talked about her role, admitting how it was a “strange” one to take on. She said, “it is strange, it’s also quite familiar in a way. I felt like I am a sort of expert in that kind of situation.”
What was Miller talking about? Find out here.
The familiar terrains of Anatomy of a Scandal
Miller is nothing like the lead character of the Netflix Original, Sophie. Yet, she found that she could relate to her in many ways.
One of the central themes of Anatomy of a Scandal is that of public scrutiny. Sophie grew up during an era where media houses had a lot of power. She described “the feeling of going to sleep knowing something’s coming out in the morning was horrible and something I would not like to experience again, but for some weird reason was interested in exploring on film.”
Anatomy of a Scandal is mostly about the impact of having one’s personal life brought to national attention and their reputation dragged through the mud.
The line between public and private
Being celebrities themselves, both Miller and her co-star Rupert Friend (James Whitehouse) talked about the thin line that divides what is public domain and what is private when it comes to the actions of a popular figure.
Friend said, “People who are public figures – there’s always going to be that slight sort of church and state divide between what they’re presenting to us and what they’re doing in their private lives, and on the whole, I think that people’s private lives should be private.”
However, he agreed that this doesn’t pertain to politicians. He mentioned how artists and their personal lives have the right to more privacy than those on a pedestal. This is because they aren’t seen as “an exemplar of leadership or ethical guidance” in the way politicians are. This is where, according to him, the line gets drawn between what should and shouldn’t be public domain.
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