Tilda Swinton calls out 'tandoori tan' women

The star is ‘delighted’ to be unrecognisable in her role as a glamorous magazine editor in comedy Trainwreck

Tilda Swinton takes on another transformation in hit comedy Trainwreck as a made-up magazine editor but the Oscar-winning actor has classed the makeover as “pretty extreme”.

Swinton, usually known for her androgynous style, has talked about women who adopt a similar look to her character in an interview with The Mary Sue.

“It’s fun to dress as someone different and this woman looks, frankly, like a lot of women I pass on the street every day, the women who go for that particular tandoori tan and the eye make-up and hair,” she said. “But for me, that look is pretty extreme.”

The 54-year-old star of Michael Clayton and Only Lovers Left Alive plays the brash boss of Amy Schumer’s character in the new film and many critics have found her to be almost unrecognisable in the role.

“I’m delighted to say that I’m unrecognisable,” she told The Huffington Post. “I don’t know whether one would really want to be recognisable in this role. But here we are and it’s available for everybody. You just have to go to a big make-up counter in a big department store and you, too, can get that look.”

Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow, opened big in the US over the weekend with a $30.2m gross from a $35m budget. Swinton recently signed on to play opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. “I have yet to decide exactly where I’m going to place the gender of this character,” she said. “It’s not that I know and I’m not telling you - I have yet to decide that.”


Benjamin Lee

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Tilda Swinton: collaborative chameleon who doesn't court Hollywood
She feels like a tourist in Hollywood and apologises for not being ‘a proper actor’, but that doesn’t stop her landing big roles and winning Oscars

Emine Saner

24, Jul, 2015 @1:36 PM

Article image
Tilda Swinton: gender-neutral acting awards 'inevitable'
In Venice this week, Swinton joined Cate Blanchett in approving Berlin film festival’s removal of gender categories in prizes

Lanre Bakare

03, Sep, 2020 @10:44 AM

David Thomson on rising star Tilda Swinton

David Thomson: One of the few 'must see' performers in the film world

David Thomson

02, Oct, 2008 @11:01 PM

Article image
'Daringly eclectic': Tilda Swinton to receive BFI fellowship
Actor says she shares honour with ‘beloved film-making playmates, living and departed’

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

15, Jan, 2020 @3:16 PM

In praise of … Tilda Swinton | Editorial
Editorial: it's the Oscars this Sunday, and they'll be accompanied by the usual fury about who's won and who wasn't even nominated


20, Feb, 2012 @10:35 PM

Article image
Tilda Swinton joins trio to shake up Edinburgh film festival
Oscar-winning actor to curate alongside Mark Cousins and Lynda Myles in move to reinvent festival facing big funding cuts

Karen McVeigh

22, Dec, 2010 @7:45 PM

Article image
Problemista review – Tilda Swinton lifts uneven debut on visa purgatory
Julio Torres’s whimsical comedy shows promise in its portrayal of the Kafka-esque maze of the US immigration system, but his ideas don’t always come together

Adrian Horton

26, Feb, 2024 @9:04 AM

Article image
Tilda Swinton releases Margaret Cho emails about film role diversity
White actor, cast as character in Doctor Strange originally written as Tibetan man, criticised by Asian-American comedian

Esther Addley

21, Dec, 2016 @4:38 PM

Article image
Okja review – giant Korean pig plus Tilda Swinton equals glorious family adventure
Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho has delivered a wonderful film comparable to ET or Roald Dahl in this story of a 13-year-old girl and her outsize pet

Peter Bradshaw

19, May, 2017 @10:40 AM

Article image
Box office draw: Highland film fans feel pulling power of Tilda Swinton

Oscar-winner follows Nairn film festival with mobile cinema 'pilgrimage'

Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent

02, Aug, 2009 @9:06 PM