Never bite the burgh that's both feeding and housing you.
Sienna Miller said sorry Friday for dumping on the city of Pittsburgh in a recent Rolling Stone interview, explaining in a statement that her derogatory remarks were taken out of context.
"I sincerely apologize and hope people realize that conversations can be easily manipulated in print," she said.
In town to film an adaptation of the Michael Chabon novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, the New York-born and London-based fashion plate referred to the city by a name that rhymes with Pittsburgh and starts with "S."
Hence, the ticked-off Pennsylvanians and the local press coverage.
"Can you believe this is my life?" Miller told Rolling Stone while sitting at a hotel bar. "Will you pity me when you're back in your funky New York apartment and I'm still in Pittsburgh? I need to get more glamorous films and stop with my indie year."
These supposedly out-of-context remarks prompted the mayor of Steel City, Luke Ravenstahl, to tell the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he obviously disagreed with the 24-year-old actress' comments.
"She was probably in the more elite facilities in and around the city," Ravenstahl said. "I think if she would have interacted with regular Pittsburghers, she would have found differently. She needs to get out with us regular folks."
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh wraps Oct. 17 and then the crew of Smart People, including stars Dennis Quaid, Rachel Weisz and Thomas Haden Church, will set up shop Nov. 6.
Miller continued her mea culpa by stating that her father, Edward, was from nearby Meadville, about 85 miles north of Pittsburgh, and would be in town to show her around this weekend.
"Her routine is living out of the hotel room and going to the hotel bar to smoke and have drinks," Jenny Eliscu, who interviewed Miller for Rolling Stone, told the Post-Gazette. "I went to her room. It was in disarray, stuff on the floor--there's only so much you can do to clean up a hotel room when you're there for a long time."
Then perhaps she was referring to her hotel room when she came up with that clever moniker for the city.
The Alfie star also attributed her slip of the tongue to the fact that The Mysteries of Pittsburgh has had an evening shooting schedule, giving her no chance to experience the city's nightlife.
"What I have seen of it is beautiful," Miller said. "I came once before to visit the Andy Warhol Museum whilst researching a film and found both the city and its inhabitants warm and gracious." She plays Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl, due in theaters Dec. 29, and hit the museum last November with costar Guy Pearce, who portrays the Pop Art icon.
"In the course of talking," Eliscu said, "I asked what one does in Pittsburgh on a night off. She said there wasn't much for a gal to do alone in Pittsburgh."
But the fact that Forbes has named Pittsburgh one of the worst U.S. cities for singles (yet superb for football fans!) shouldn't deter Miller.
She's still dating--although currently no longer planning to marry--Jude Law. But then again, if you read a little more of that magazine article, you'll also find out that the Casanova temptress doesn't think too much of monogamy.
"It's an overrated virtue because, let's face it, we're f---ing animals," she mused.
Miller's probably not a big fan of nannies, either.
"Everything happened in the wrong order," she said when asked about the effect Law's dalliance with his children's caretaker had on her career, in addition to her peace of mind. "You become very known for being someone's girlfriend, and all of a sudden there's all this hype and buzz for all the wrong reasons."