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Five Reasons We’d Believe Anything About Tilda Swinton

She lives on another planet, and it's one we're dying to visit.

By Ruby Lennon
May 28, 2013
By Ruby Lennon
May 28, 2013

Tilda Swinton said it to the NY Times a few years ago, "I live on another planet, fortunately, and we do things differently there." They might be her words, but I doubt many of us can imagine her living next door. She is, amongst whatever else, expectation defying — a quality that makes her particularly handy for those in the celebrity hoax business.

Last April Fools' Day might have gone unnoticed if it was not for the screaming of White Stripes fans; for a few hours their favourite band was back with Ms Swinton replacing Meg White and a new LP on the way. Sure, Facebook has been covered (more than once) with cries of "RIP Morgan Freeman" and Bieber/KStew/RPatz leaks that turn out to be hot air are a dime a dozen, but they are also (sorry, Morgan!) not completely unlikely.

So what makes something as bizarre as an Academy Award-winning actress resurrecting an abandoned (and divorced) husband-and-wife rock duo so believable? Simple: It is Tilda. This is the woman who was notorious for living with her husband and lover and never bothered to correct anyone.

Here are five random reasons we now believe anything anyone tells us about Tilda.

1. She went to school with Princess Diana

Now I realise that logically people must have gone to school with Princess Diana, but there is still something otherworldly about it.

2. She slept for eight hours in a glass box

For The Maybe, an art installation at New York's Museum of Modern Art. And she did it once years before, too.

3. The David Bowie video clip rumours turned out to be true

Giving the Tilda Stardust Tumblr a crazy level of credence.

4. She wore centipedes on her face for fashion

The Stranger than Paradise photo shoot for W Magazine, photographed by Tim Walker, was a stunner that only Tilda could carry off.

5. She founded a film festival you can attend by paying in cake

It's called the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams. This is the rarer, cuddly brand of Tilda kook.

Published on May 28, 2013 by Ruby Lennon
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