Mother of all roles for mav­er­ick star Tilda

Un­con­ven­tional Hol­ly­wood star Tilda Swin­ton talks to Shereen Low about her har­row­ing role as a stoic mother in We

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WITH her strik­ing an­drog­y­nous looks and boy­ish fig­ure, Tilda Swin­ton was al­ways go­ing to be a mav­er­ick in Hol­ly­wood.

How many other Os­car­win­ning actresses would haul a heavy por­ta­ble cinema around the Scot­tish High­lands? All for an independent film fes­ti­val – Bal­le­rina Ball­room Cinema Of Dreams – which she dreamt up her­self.

“Well, why not?” she says, shrug­ging her shoul­ders.

Swin­ton, who lives in a re­mote part of Scot­land with long-time part­ner San­dro Kopp, a Ger­man-New Zealand artist, and her twin chil­dren by Scot­tish painter John Byrne, was in­spired to take to the road by the lack of cine­mas near her home.

“We have to travel quite far to see a big screen and then we get a mul­ti­plex ex­pe­ri­ence with about 17 screens of Harry Pot­ter,” she con­tin­ues. “So it oc­curred to us to carry a 43-tonne truck from the west to east coast and stop off in places where peo­ple had never seen Luc Bes­son.”

While other actresses of her gen­er­a­tion – Michelle Pfeif­fer, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone – be­came Tin­sel­town’s golden girls, the stat­uesque Bri­tish ac­tress has played the wait­ing game for the past three decades.

Af­ter years of work­ing in the­atre and art­house films, Swin­ton burst into the main­stream af­ter star­ring in Danny Boyle’s The Beach in 2000, op­po­site Leonardo DiCaprio, fol­lowed by her chill­ing role as the White Witch in The Chron­i­cles Of Nar­nia.

Af­ter win­ning the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress Os­car for her per­for­mance in Michael Clay­ton, op­po­site Ge­orge Clooney, the 50-year-old is set to go stel­lar with her role in the grip­ping drama We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Star­ring along­side John C Reilly (as hus­band Franklin) and new­comer Ezra Miller in the ti­tle role, the ac­tress is al­ready gain­ing ac­claim for her per­for­mance as stoic and trou­bled mother Eva Katchadourian in Lynne Ram­say’s big-screen adap­ta­tion of Lionel Shriver’s novel, look­ing at the lead-up to a teenage boy com­mit­ting a high school mas­sacre.

A suc­cess­ful travel jour­nal­ist, Eva is forced to give up her glo­be­trot­ting dreams af­ter giv­ing birth to her first child, lay­ing the foun­da­tions for an un­easy re­la­tion­ship.

“Eva’s iden­tity be­fore she has a child was very much linked to her be­ing the great ex­plorer. Then, here comes moth­er­hood, which, let’s face it, is pos­si­bly the big­gest un­charted ad­ven­ture,” says Swin­ton. “Some­thing has stran­gled her – she’s not quite com­mit­ted to this jour­ney – so there’s some­thing in her that’s not pay­ing at­ten­tion. She’s look­ing over the child’s shoul­der, out of the win­dow – and Kevin knows it. ”

When asked if it was trou­bling for her to por­tray Eva, Swin­ton is mo­men­tar­ily si­lenced, be­fore re­ply­ing: “It’s like look­ing un­der a rock. It was quite ex­haust­ing to con­stantly look for that un­com­fort­able place. But the won­der­ful thing about play­ing with dark ma­te­ri­als is you go home at the end of the day and you’re happy

HER OWN WO­MAN: “I’m re­ally not in­ter­ested in act­ing.”

FAM­ILY TROU­BLES: Tilda Swin­ton as Eva Katchadourian with costar Ezra Miller as her son Kevin in We Need to Talk About Kevin.

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