Oscar winner Tilda Swinton ‘always felt that she was queer’.
The 60-year-old said that she found her ‘queer circus’ in the forms of her creative partnerships with people like the late LGBTQ+ director and visionary Derek Jarman, Wes Anderson and Parasite director Bong Joon-ho.
Speaking to British Vogue, the Michael Clayton star said: ‘I’m very clear that queer is actually, for me anyway, to do with sensibility.
‘I always felt I was queer – I was just looking for my queer circus, and I found it. And having found it, it’s my world.
‘Now I have a family with Wes Anderson, I have a family with Bong Joon-ho, I have a family with Jim Jarmusch, I have a family with Luca Guadagnino, with Lynne Ramsay, with Joanna Hogg.’
Tilda has worked with Anderson on Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and The French Dispatch; Bong Joon-ho on Snowpiercer and Okja; Jarmusch on Broken Flowers,The Limits of Control, Only Lovers Left Alive and The Dead Don’t Die; Guadagnino on The Protagonists, I Am Love, A Bigger Splash and Suspiria; Ramsay on We Need To Talk About Kevin; and Hogg on Caprice and The Souvenir.
Tilda has been known for her roles that play with gender – in 1992’s Orlando, she played both a man and a woman, in Constantine, she played an androgynous angel Gabriel, and in the remake of Suspiria, as well as playing a female dance teacher, she played an 82-year-old male psychoanalyst.
Back in 2009, she said she is ‘probably’ a woman, telling The Wip: ‘That whole idea of transformation is at the heart of what I’m interested in as a performer and not least through the idea of gender. It’s a very personal matter. I can categorically say that as Orlando does in the film: Yes, I’m probably a woman.
‘I don’t know if I could ever really say that I was a girl – I was kind of a boy for a long time. I don’t know, who knows? It changes.’
The Marvel star also supported the introduction of gender neutral categories at the Berlin Film Festival, and said the idea of being strictly heterosexual or female made her feel ‘claustrophobic’.
She told Variety: ‘I’m really happy to hear that about Berlin and I think it’s pretty much inevitable that everybody will follow. It’s just obvious to me.
‘The whole idea of being fixed in any way, it just makes me claustrophobic. It just makes me sad to call yourself definitively heterosexual, definitively homosexual, definitively male, definitively female. It makes me want to go to sleep. So bravo, Berlin.’
Tilda is mum to 23-year-old twins Honor and Xavier with her former partner John Byrne, and has been in a relationship with artist Sandro Kopp since 2004.
Credit: Original article published here.