Friday 23 March 2018

Tilda Swinton: 'Pregnant women fear they are carrying spawn of devil'

Tilda Swinton. Photo: Getty Images
Tilda Swinton. Photo: Getty Images

TILDA Swinton has claimed that all pregnant women worry that their unborn children will turn out to be "the spawn of the devil".

The Oscar-winning actress, who stars as the mother of a mass murderer in the new film We Need to Talk About Kevin, said she had been terrified that her children would be evil.

Swinton, 50, who has 13-year-old twins, Honor and Xavier, told The Guardian: “Everybody thinks for one moment when they're pregnant that they're actually carrying the spawn of the devil."

Asked if the thought had entered her own mind, she replied: "Oh yeah, of course, because you're in freefall, so you have to wonder. It would be crazy not to."

She added: "It's everybody's nightmare that, when they're pregnant, they're going to give birth to the devil. That when they bring up children, especially a boy, they're going to give birth to this violence.

The actress also disclosed that although her family remembered her for saving her brother’s life as a child, she had actually entertained the thought of killing him.

Swinton said: "I was going to kill him because he was a boy, naturally, and I already had two brothers, and that was just too much to bear."

At the age of four, Swinton said she entered her infant brother’s room determined to kill him.

"I hadn't thought it through, but I was willing to wing it. And I noticed he had a ribbon from a baby bonnet sticking from the corner of his mouth. I started to pull it out – and then was witnessed in this great act of love, of nurture.”

In her latest film role, Swinton plays Eva Khatchadourian, a successful travel writer, who decides to have a child in her late 30s, despite misgivings over how it might affect her blissful life with husband Franklin. The result is a jaded son who at 15 commits mass murder.

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