updated 10/06/2006 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/06/2006 AT 5:20 PM ET
Sienna Miller learned the hard way that Pittsburgh may be the city of steel – but it doesn’t have a tough hide when it comes to being knocked.
On Friday, the actress, who’s been shooting the movie adaptation of Michael Chabon’s novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh in the Pennsylvania town, apologized to residents there for rhyming “Pitt” with a certain expletive when referring to the location in an interview for Rolling Stone magazine.
In the write-up – in which she calls monogamy overrated – Miller is quoted as telling the reporter: “Can you believe this is my life? 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.”
Rolling Stone writer Jenny Eliscu, who interviewed Miller, told the Pittsburg Post Gazette as she was writing her story, “I thought, ‘Ooh, people in Pittsburgh are not gonna be stoked about that.’ “’
Miller, 24, now says her quotes were taken out of context and that she finds the city and residents gracious, the Associated Press reports.
In a statement issued by her publicist Friday, Miller said what she meant when she disparaged her whereabouts was that she is forced to film mostly at night, which deprives her of the chance to explore the city at its fullest.
“What I have seen of it is beautiful. 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,” Miller’s statement said, adding that her father, who is from Meadville, Pa., about 85 miles to the north of Pittsburgh, intended to show her around the city.
Reaction to what Miller initially said had been swift. Her words were reprinted in the city’s two newspapers and a local TV extended an invitation to take Miller on the town to see the sights.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl also chimed in, saying, “I think obviously we have a great town, and I disagree with her comments. I’m sure in her short experience here she hasn’t had the opportunity to do that. If she would have, I think she would have found that Pittsburgh is a great place to live.”