Today in Let's Talk Tilda...

Tildahatespotter_lIn the April issue of Out magazine, Ms. Swinton is quoted as saying, "I’m loath to say anything good about going to boarding school, whichis one of the reasons why I’m not a believer in Harry Potter. BecauseI believe it fetishizes boarding school for children." She was explaining why she would’ve turned down a role in HP. Most of you are probably thinking "whatever," whereas I feel compelled to "go there," much like The N, and have decided that despite her hangup, Tilda would make a great ambiguously evil boarding-school-marm type in a movie. I’m thinkin’ a precise hybrid of Miss Hannigan from Annie and Miss Clavel from the old-school animated Madeline videos (pictured, inset). Yes? Yes!

By the way, can I propose a moratorium on referring to Tilda Swinton as "the milky actress"? Ewww.

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  • Snarf

    Weird. (And I like Tilda)

  • ceej

    Let’s first tally up the number of children’s book that “fetishize” being an orphan, and then Ms. Swinton, we can chat.

  • NineDaves

    wait – was tilda even offered a role in harry potter? because rejecting a role you weren’t even offered is kind of childish. that’s like me saying, “i would never take a role in indiana jones.” DUH! I WOULD NEVER BE OFFERED A ROLE IN INDIANA JONES!

  • Pamela

    Dear Ms Swinton,
    I like you. I covet your red hair. And I congratulate you on winning the Oscar for your role in Michael Clayton.
    But really, is picking on Potter becoming a sport now? The series is hardly the first, nor will it be the last to feature kids at a boarding school. And yes, I admit I wanted desperately to go to boarding school when I was little so I could take my pony and have midnight feasts etc. just like the kids in those books. Alas the parents said no – just as parents likely do to today though I think wizard schools don’t really exist (!) so it’s probably easier to say no to requests to be sent to Hogwarts.
    Annie: If you’ve ever heard of the Chalet School books (they were first published like in the 1930s I think – though I read them a bit later on than that!) she would make an excellent head of house in a Swiss finishing school.

  • carr

    Wow, I’m a fan of your The N reference. nicely done.

  • Jane

    Kids read books and ask their parents to go to boarding school, but no kid has ever asked to go to Narnia? Really, Tilda? I think she needs to recognize that kids ask for a lot of things that aren’t necessarily going to happen, and that why they have parents – to set realistic boundaries for them and their imaginations.

  • RayT

    Forget fetishizing boarding school, Tilda needs to stop fetishizing wearing Glad Lawn & Leaf bags to the Oscars!

  • Ceballos

    I know this is an article about Tilda Swinton…so why post a picture of Mike Myers as Dieter?
    Also, my fellow posters are right: she who stars in a blockbuster film franchise that fetishizes horrible childhood experiences shouldn’t throw stones.

  • lornajiang

    Kids read books and ask their parents to go to boarding school, but no kid has ever asked to go to Narnia? Really, Tilda? I think she needs to recognize that kids ask for a lot of things that aren’t necessarily going to happen, and that why they have parents – to

  • MM

    It’s very easy to say you “would have” turned down a role that you were never offered. Something tells me that had she been offered a role in a blockbuster series like HP early on, she definitely would have taken it. She has guaranteed herself that she won’t be offered a role in any of the upcoming installments now. Somewhere, her agent is silently weeping.

  • wildecat

    Oh yes, Tilda, that’s exactly the point of Harry Potter – to “fetishize boarding school.” It had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the joys of friendship, the power of love, bravery, loyalty, redemption, sacrifice, fighting prejudice and injustice…. SIGH. (Sorry for the rant…guess I’m mighty protective of my HP.)

  • misty

    I can’t believe she’d actually waste her brain energy to come up with a pointless aversion to Potter based on it being a boarding school. I think it’s really quite obvious that the reason people like the idea of Hogwarts isn’t that it’s a boarding school, but that it teaches magic. Silly Swinton, I’m sure a lot more kids have tried to crawl into Narnia through the back of their mum’s closet than have begged their parents to send them away to boarding school.

  • GingerCat

    I like Tilda, but the idea that HP books “fetishize boarding school” and that one should dislike them for that reason is beyond idiotic.
    Maybe Tilda secretly wants a role in the HP movies, and this is just her sour grapes coming through?

  • SpaceCat85

    Maybe she simply wasn’t happy with her own boarding school experience for some reason?

  • Laura

    Besides repeating what other commenters have said, I hardly think the Harry Potter books fetishize boarding school at all. It’s a very dangerous place to be most of the time. It may be a haven for Harry but he seems to be in the minority with a bad homelife.

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