Tilda Swinton: Acting career was a 'major mistake'
October 10th, 2011
02:57 PM ET

Tilda Swinton: Acting career was a 'major mistake'

Is Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton over her job?

According to UK paper the Express, the 50-year-old actress says that despite an Academy Award (for “Michael Clayton”) and rave reviews, she’s been trying to get out of the movie business.

"I'm not really interested in acting,” Swinton reportedly told the paper. “I've given up waiting for an epiphany of interest to strike. Acting is a red herring and a major mistake and I'm still trying to get back on track. Every time I’m in a film I’m determined it’s the last I’m in then I’ll fall into a conversation with someone and we’ll cook up a new scheme. Basically it’s gone on for 20 years but I’m hoping to pull it to a close shortly.”

It doesn’t look like that will happen any time soon. Swinton stars in the upcoming film “We Need To Talk About Kevin.” And she has three other movies in the works, including Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom."

Still, Swinton insists she doesn’t want to make movies, saying, “I don’t want there to be films. It’s not like I’m looking for opportunities to do things.”

She knows exactly what she’d like to do with her time: “I would like an opportunity to have a good sleep and get on with some writing.”

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    April 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kittybling

    what an ungrateful B!

    November 4, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. toxictown

    If you don't need the money, then quit. If you need the money, then it's a job like the rest of us have. Whiner.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tully

    I don't like all her movies but I like her in any movie. She has a presence and she's a terrific, serious and accomplished actress. It'll be a shame if she quits acting but if she desires to do so for any reason then why not right now?

    November 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kat

    It sounds like she has severe depression. Someone should be keeping an eye on her and she should get some help.

    November 2, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Dandey

    Then just quit accepting parts in fims; it's not that hard!

    November 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steven

    She may honestly dislike show business and the process of acting. But she comes off sounding winy and self absorbed.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PigglyWiggly?

    um I think the whole article and her comments were meant to be read sarcastically. she won an Oscar you morons.

    October 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Really

    CNN and others, why don't you just finally remove the comments section from site. User generated content? This is not what you're getting. I've only ever seen barbaric responses on here. There's no discussion or anything intellectual going on here. I think the comments section of news sites is something that should eventually be done away with.

    October 31, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gryphonesse

    I am really surprised – she is absolutely coming off as self-pitying and pretentious. I used to like her. Don't think I'll be able to watch her any more. I agree with the suggestion that she work an 8-6 hourly wage job for a few years and then see how much she hates making movies for a living. I imagine the whining would stop rather quickly. In the meantime, I'll just add "SHUT UP."

    October 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rock

    heck, i thought that was David Bowie – who is this other broad we're talking about?

    October 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nini

    She's not being ungrateful, she's just over it. How many people decide to change careers every day? Millions! As an aspiring actress, it's tough to hear this but untils she begins her "new career" or whatever it is she wants to do, she'll have to keep taking rolls to pay the bills. Once she's got something new in the works, she will *hopefully* start turning down roles to allow other actors the opportunity.

    October 24, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • meh

      oh, whatever. if she doesn't have enough money to pay the bills after all that she has earned in movies then she really is an indiot. it's called saving and investing. and it's fine for her to be "over" the profession that has earned her so much money but to gripe about it publicly when so many are struggling just to get by is ridiculous. keep it to yourself and just do what you feel you need to do.

      October 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Oh, give me a break. What is this twit saying? Is someone forcing her to make movies? Maybe the problem is that she has no other skills apart from juggling two live-in lovers.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ann

    If she's unhappy with her job, she can have mine...oh wait. I've been working at finding a job for 17 months. Unemployment will give her plenty of time to sleep and write.

    October 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Susan

    If she hates being in movies so much, than why does she have in the can and 3 lined up? Perhaps she likes the lifestyle being in movies enables her to have. My regard for her has dropped several notches.

    October 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Feeniegal

    If you must have a job that you're not happy at..I guess it's good to make several million dollars per picture. switch

    October 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Anomic Office Drone

    Regardless of how you may feel, when you're making movies and making millions, calling the career that brought you all of that success just comes across as ungrateful. It comes across as especially ungrateful when you say these things while giving an interview to promote your new movie. Frak you, Tilda Swinton. Millions are waiting to take your place. If you are too good for it then quit.

    October 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ned

    She needs to go work at the Piggly Wiggly or Dairy Queen for 6 or 8 years then see if she feels the same way. I think she is an ungrateful cow.

    October 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |

      Well said, Ned. Now get to bed!

      October 25, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • ned

      well, your girlfriend is waiting for me and I rolled her in flour so i could see where the entry point is – have fun all

      October 27, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • meh

      I don't usually bother posting comments to entertainment news but my response was the same as yours. seriously, she needs to shut the F up and live in a world where just paying rent is a regular concern. She is quite talented but many talented individuals do not get the opportunities she has had. So, say what you mean, mean what you say and leave acting. I won't miss you.

      October 31, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. carys_ford

    I really liked Tilda in "Orlando" (what a range!) and "I Am Love."

    October 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jennifer Nicole

    You play some interesting characters and you're very good at it better than most in the industry,having said that if you and your family aren't happy I can understand wanting out.

    October 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  22. PoopUhDeDoop

    By the look of her face it's no the other mistake she's made. Meth, anyone?

    October 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • PoopUhDeDoop

      ...autocorrect strikes again. not the only*

      side note: I thought lesb0s were supposed to be hot?

      October 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow. You're retarded.

      Wow. You're retarded.

      October 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Lucy

    Would she give up the life style? Heck no.

    October 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Observer

    Typical liberal stooge.

    October 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  25. be quiet

    oh please, get over yourself you twit.

    October 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  26. AmyD

    I'd happily take her place.

    October 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |

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