Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 20, 2015 · Page B6
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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page B6

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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6B E3 USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE TUESDAY,OCTOBER20,2015 In Burnt , Bradley Cooper plays ahotheaded chef determined to earn his third Michelin star, aided by an accomplished sous chef (and sauce wizard) portrayed by Sienna Miller. In real life, Cooper and Miller are coming o a dynamic year in their careers, launched by record- setting hit American Sniper ($350 million at the box o ce) and the PTSD drama’s subsequent trip to the Oscars. So what’s their secret ingredient to a savvy career in showbiz? USA TODAY goes tru e hunting for advice with the friendly stars. 1 CHOOSE YOUR “WORK HUSBANDS” AND “WORK WIVES” WISELY Between Sniper and Burnt , Cooper and Miller basically embarked on a year of acting camp together. “We really did,” he says. “It was like one non-stop thing. I begged (Sienna) to do Burnt . I knew I had t o do it, but her deal didn’t really c lose until after Sniper .But she w as game for talking about it.” 2 HIT THE STAGE Cooper and Miller both braved the stage in the past year. Cooper b rought his Broadway revival of The Elephant Man to London and earned raves, and Miller took over for Emma Stone as Sally Bowles in Broadway’s Cabaret . “Every time I see someone I care about on stage, I’m like ‘Oh, God, please, please, please (let it go well).’ But the second I saw him, I completely forgot who I was looking at,” she says of Cooper’s disfigured character, played without prosthetics. “It’s a testament to him, but you can’t believe that’s the guy who played Chris Kyle.” 3 DIVERSIFY Miller has boosted her résumé w ith smaller roles in critical hits s uch as Foxcatcher and Sniper , a nd Ben A eck’s upcoming Pro- h ibition drama, Live By Night (2017), is waiting in the wings. “As a woman, you have to start b eing really careful and clever about the choices you make if you want to have longevity,” says Miller, adding that she now has “a much clearer sense of the kind of stu I want to do and there’s relief in that.” Cooper continues to expand his portfolio as an executive producer (and occasional guest star) on CBS’ new drama Limitless , based on his hit 2011 film. “I have big dreams. I always have. So I’m always sort of looking on to the next thing,” says Cooper, who will take on A Star is Born for his directorial debut, w henever it happens. D espite reports that Beyoncé h as been approached to play the r ole Judy Garland and Barbra S treisand made famous, there’s “ no update” on the project, he says. 4 DEMAND YOUR W OR TH Jennifer Lawrence just made headlines writing an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter about earning less on American Hustle than her male co-stars. Cooper, who starred with Lawrence in Hustle , calls her platform and influence “monumental.” “Amy Adams was the one who really got shafted because she worked every day on ( American Hustle ) and got paid less than anybody,” he adds. Miller recently revealed that she walked away from a Broadw ay gig after fi nding out she w ouldn’t be paid “within 100 m iles” of what her male co-star w as being o ered. “ At that point, you can either s wallow it and do the passion project, or you can say, ‘I’m going to walk in there feeling insecure a nd undermined and then I’m going to have to try and be creative?’” she says. “I feel like I’ve had that many, many times in my life, and I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t feel good in the (job), and it’s because people aren’t valuing you or respecting you in the way you deserve to be respected. And I’m pretty sure that if it was two men (negotiating), that wouldn’t have happened.” Miller has a 3-year-old daughter, Marlowe, with former fiancé Tom Sturridge. “I hope by the time she’s at an age where she is e arning money that the world w ill be di erent,” she says. “There a re a lot of women who are fi ght- i ng for that change.” 5 ADJUST Y OUR EXPECTA TIONS Sniper was supposed to come out Christmas 2015, but with Oscar in its sights, the Iraq War drama was rushed into theaters ahead of last year’s awards season. This year finds Cooper back-to-back in theaters with David O. Russell’s Joy , starring Lawrence as a matriarch who founds a business dynasty, in theaters Christmas Day. It’s Cooper’s third film with Russell, who directed him in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle . Cooper is one of few who has seen Joy . “ I love it,” he says. “It’s pretty incredible.” MOVIES Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller s hare their recipes for success Andrea Mandell @AndreaMandell USA TODAY ALEX BAILEY, THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY Cooper’s Adam is a prickly, ambitious chef, and Miller’s Helene is the talented sauce master who turns up his burners. AvailablewhereverbooksaresoldAlsoavailableasanaudiobookandaneBook Doubleday WhenSebastianRudd’sclientsbreakthelaw, hebendstherules. Authorphoto©BillyHunt

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