Ask her how much she related to "Clayton's" Karen Crowder and she answers: "Not remotely, I'm happy to say." As for getting into character, she simply "put on 25 pounds, stole a look out of Professional Women Weekly and used my imagination."
"What attracted me was an invitation by filmmakers I admire to come and play," Swinton says.
"In 'Burn,' I play a very angry woman with a hairdo like Mrs. Krabappel in 'The Simpsons,' married to John Malkovich and having an affair with George Clooney. In 'Button,' I play his (Brad Pitt's) first love, an Englishwoman."
While "Button" concerns a man who ages in reverse, Swinton is unconcerned about aging in Hollywood. "I simply can't see any reason why living beyond school age should be seen as a problem," she notes dryly. "Everything seems to get easier, certainly more fun, in my experience. Intelligent audiences will always be interested in films about people of all ages and genders, and intelligent writers and filmmakers know this."
Role model: "My grandmother. For never being bored."
What I'm reading now: "'Putin's Russia' by Anna Politkovskaya, the fearless -- assassinated -- Russian journalist's critique of Putin's terrifying police state; 'The Bolter' by Frances Osbourne, the biography of her eternally -- and scandalously -- frivolous grandmother, Idina Sackville; Chekhov's collected short stories, because for sheer human detail, they rule."
Fave leisure activity: "Sleeping, waking up, turning over, realizing I can go back to sleep."
Career mantra: "Get a life."
Tilda's Love of Film is Behind Nairn Film Festival (the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams)
What inspired it, and how you can get in with just a tray of fairy cakes.
I love this woman so much. I don't care that that Variety photo looks like something out of the Olan Mills photo studio. She's fascinating, and I love that she's doing something sweet for her town.