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Award-winning actress, Tilda Swinton, reveals herself in 21 responses.

In anticipation of this week's UK release of Luca Guadagnino’s film I am Love starring Tilda Swinton, which showed at the Sundance Film festival earlier this year to critical acclaim, Jefferson Hack asked the award-winning and uncompromising actress to reveal herself in 21 responses.

What are you thinking of right now?
Where are my warm stockings for the morning?

What makes you laugh?
My children’s plays – invariably – especially the ones involving beards.

What makes you cry?
Bagpipes when abroad.

What do you consider to be the greatest invention?

Do you have a mentor or inspirational figure who has guided or influenced you?
My paternal grandmother.

Where do you feel most at home?
In bed.

Where are you right now?
In bed.

What is your proudest achievement in work?
My collaborative relationships.

What is your proudest achievement in life?
Pretty bottomless curiosity.

What do you most dislike about contemporary culture?
Industrially sanctioned unkindness.

What do you most like about the age we live in?
Digital access to over a century of world cinema

At what points do life and work intersect?
At what points do they depart?

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Never to be jealous.

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Having children.

Recommend a book or poem that has changed your perspective on life.
Great Expectations.

What is your earliest childhood memory?
Trees from my pram.

What’s the most important relationship in your life?
That with my invisible friend.

What’s the most romantic action you’ve taken?
Continuing to love him who was once sick on my head.

What’s the most spiritual action you’ve taken?
Having children.

If you could wish for one change in the world what would it be?
Compulsory monthly mudslides for all.