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Tilda Swinton: Life is long

Tilda Swinton feels like she's already lived for "several centuries" as she admits she can suffer from fatigue.

The 53-year-old British actress' androgynous look and dewy complexion mean she could be mistaken for a much younger star.

But despite her youthful looks, Tilda feels like she's lived a lot longer than she actually has.

"I don’t know about you but I already feel like I have lived for several centuries. Even if life’s short, it’s long," she smiled to British newspaper Metro.

"All of us get a kind of fatigue. It’s all very exciting in your teens and your twenties, and then there’s this moment where you go: 'I’ve got to get a second wind.' And then you somehow get through your thirties and you somehow get through your forties and then, sigh, you need another wind. And on it goes, if you’re lucky."

Proving that celebrities suffer with the same exhaustion as most people do, Tilda used this experience to portray her latest on screen character.

In Only Lovers Left Alive, Tilda's character Eve is a 3,000-year-old vampire.

The unconventional love tale also stars Tom Hiddleston as Adam, the object of Eve's affection.

"On the one hand it’s about immortality. But for me - and this is a personal issue - it’s also about mortality. How do you die? How do you bear the death of your loved ones?" Tilda mused, explaining that her mother died during the film's production. "Which is another reason why it is about dying for me."

In a career that has seen Tilda play a whole host of varied characters, from her latest incarnation as a vampire, to a tortured mother of a killer in We Need to Talk About Kevin, Tilda is an actress that can't be pigeonholed.

She has an Oscar and a BAFTA under her belt, and continues looking for roles that challenge her.

"I suppose if there’s one sort of iconic gesture I’m looking for in the cinema that I’m looking at, or in a piece that I’m making it’s sort of a human face going: 'Ha, I don’t know what I’m going to do next.' I like that," Tilda explained.

Only Lovers Left Alive is out in the UK on Friday.

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