Tilda Swinton doesn't seek roles

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 December 2014
Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton doesn't seek specific roles but likes to strike up a bond with directors then figure out how they can work together

Tilda Swinton's relationships with directors is her priority in choosing work.

The 'Snowpiercer' actress insists she never "looks for" roles but would rather strike up a bond with a filmmaker, look at their forthcoming projects and then work with them to find out if there is a way she can appear in any of them.

Asked how she looks for roles, she explained: "I don't look for roles. I've always gone for the conversation with the filmmaker because that's how I started.

"I started working with one filmmaker, Derek Jarman, who I worked with for nine years over seven films, and that was the first principle.

"Then the second principle was, 'What's the film going to be?' And then the third principle was, 'What might I do in it?' Sometimes there was nothing for me, and sometimes there wasn't even a mild-mannered man in a suit. Going for the role is not something I've ever learned to do.

"So in answer to your question: whatever comes along. What comes along is conversation, so it'll either be a conversation with someone I know, or it'll be someone new, like Bong [Joon Ho, 'Snowpiercer' director], who I didn't know before, and we'll just whip up some idea that's interesting."

The 54-year-old actress admits she wouldn't feel comfortable working on her role alone and prefers to be involved in collaborative projects.

She added in an interview with Deadline: "I feel in terms of my own wiring it's so important to be in league with my comrades; I wouldn't want to just sit in my trailer, working out a role by myself. I really like to feel in a conversation with the filmmaker."

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