It’s probably the only that interests me in performing is this question of identity, and the question of transformation and I’m genuinely moved by the way in which all of us are.

Society circumscribes us and we play into this feeling that we have to pick one identity and stick with it, and any natural transformation within our spirit is to be resisted at all costs. And if there is some great shift in one’s life one is to feel nothing, but shame and failure. That’s the thing I am constantly drawn back to.

— Tilda Swinton on highlighting identity and transformation when selecting her film roles.


Tilda Swinton as…

… a hippie secret island community leader (The Beach)
… a cryogenics sales manager (Vanilla Sky)
… an androgynous archangel (Constantine)
… a fantasy warrior sorceress queen (The Chronicles Of Narnia)
… an haute bourgeoisie trophy wife (I Am Love)
… a 3,000-year-old hipster vampire (Only Lovers Left Alive)
… a grande dame hotel heiress (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
… a despotic post-apocalyptic prime minister (Snowpiercer)

I’ll tell you in another life, when we are both cats.

Vanilla Sky (2001)


Vanilla Sky, 2001.