She’s also a rocker at heart. A longtime fan of Marilyn Manson’s, Swinton plans to star in the goth musician’s debut feature film about Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), playing Dodgson’s dream wife. And she’s recently struck up a close friendship with Patti Smith, who took Swinton under her wing while curating a rock festival at London’s Barbican in 2006. “Tilda became the mascot of the week,” says Stafford. “She was up front, dancing her ass off.”
A few weeks after we meet, Swinton is in Milan on her way to a Radiohead concert. After a day of fittings for I Am Love, she is looking forward to the outdoor show, she tells me when I call. “Oh, no. It’s raining,” she says suddenly as she gets out of her cab. But she’s clearly undeterred.
“It’s going to be a mudfest!”