But in the end it is Miller's disregard for Hollywood convention that sets her apart. Consider her response to rumors that she and costar Al Pacino had a torrid romance during the Carlito shoot. Miller doesn't issue denials or coy quotes about "close friendship." Rather, the 5'7" actress shrugs her taut shoulders and says, "It's not a secret and I'm not ashamed of it."
Perhaps Pacino wishes she were—at least a little bit. After all, for the last two years the 53-year-old star has had a relationship with film director Lyndall Hobbs. Pacino doesn't want to talk about his costar, but to hear Miller tell it, their chemistry was unstoppable. "Al," she says, "is a very passionate person, and he brought out a certain womanliness, a sexuality, a passion in me. I think I always knew I had it in me, but he brought out a real fire." The only thing they were worried about as a couple, says the never-married Miller, was "upsetting the atmosphere on the set. We really wanted to keep the relationship discreet for the sake of the movie."