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Tilda Swinton On That Something Special Gay People Have

Tilda Swinton On That Something Special Gay People Have

Tilda Swinton is at SXSW promoting Jim Jarmusch’s amazing new film “Only Lovers Left Alive” (check it out in theaters come April), and in the process offered this amazing interview to The Daily Beast, where talked about vampirism, David Bowie, her love for both “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Alt-J, and her hatred of Putin (“Well, Russia has the gayest president ever. No, that’s an offensive thing to say—not to him, but to the gay community”). But it was this quote about what potentially differentiates gay people from straight people that somehow won our hearts over even more when it comes to Ms. Swinton, 

“Well, I think there’s something that gay people have. It is true that to pass through the transitions that gay people have to in order to come out to themselves, to their families when they’re quite young, it’s a grow-bag, isn’t it? And I think that very often, heterosexual people miss out on that. There’s a feeling of development and sometimes, heterosexual people have never had to go through that self-examination and just knowing themselves, and that sense of coming out, coming to your own defense, and being your own best advocate, and going, “No! I’m going to stand by myself and say this is who I am and you can all fuck off.” That is a wonderful transition to go through, and I suppose a lot of straight people miss out on that, and then maybe their relationship choices are potentially less examined. They could be lazier or less thoroughly thought-through.”

Read the whole interview here.

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