Actress Tilda Swinton Will Not Follow Mask Mandates on Set of Next Project

British actress Tilda Swinton stated at the 2023 South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) that she will not be wearing a mask throughout the production of her next project. “I’m actually just about to start shooting a picture in Ireland. And I was told, full disclosure, and I’m sure this is being recorded – people in Ireland might hear it – to wear a mask at all times,” said Swinton. “And I’m not wearing a mask because I’m super healthy and I’ve had COVID so many times and I’m so full of antibodies … and I have faith,” the actress added.

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"A couple of years ago, we couldn't imagine sitting in a room like this. Could we? And we did wonder. I did. I wondered how long it would be before the time we would be able to, and I did – I did have a concern that those who thought that sitting in a big place to look at a big screen was a bit obsolete would kind of gain traction, and that that would just tip it over the edge, and people would just forget the power of the magic carpet," she said of cinema withering away amidst the pandemic.

"But, then this magical thing happened, you know you asked anybody…what they really missed during the pandemic, and they said the same things. They said friends, family, live music, cinema. Those were the only things people missed. And a bit of travel as well," she pontificated.

"And then I thought, this is the one good thing about the pandemic. It's making people, you know, nay-say the people who said cinema was on the way out. It's given it a bit of a boost."