Hilary Swank

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Quotes (15)

  • Hilary:One thing I've learned, you never know where life is taking you, but it's taking you.

  • Hilary: We have all had a time in our life when we needed somebody to believe in us, or we finally had someone who believed in us that changed our lives. If you don't have it at home or in your family life, hopefully you can find that in a teacher.

  • Hilary: (Maggie Fitzgerald is the character she played in "Million Dollar Baby") I think beauty is all relative. It's subjective. To say that Maggie Fitzgerald wasn't pretty -- to some people, she might've been. People say the hair, makeup and pretty clothes make a pretty girl. I just don't see it that way.

  • Hilary: (on her divorce from husband, Chad Lowe) That's life. Millions of men and women fall in love, get married and then get divorced. If what happened to me helps someone realize they're in a great relationship and to hold the person closer, then do it. If it makes someone realize they're in an unhealthy relationship that is making them both unhappy, then it's not the end of the world.

  • Hilary: (upon accepting her second Oscar [for "Million Dollar Baby"]) I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.

  • Hilary: I'm not a very complicated person. I don't feel like I need a lot of things to make me happy. I feel like – part of that is my upbringing, not needing a lot of things around you. It's the truth. It really is.

  • Hilary: I think everyone has a gift. You just have to be able to find it and follow your calling. People are afraid to do that. Some people are afraid of greatness, of success. And other people are afraid if they try and fail and that was their one big dream, then what do they have left?

  • Hilary: I believe in a higher power. I wasn't baptized or raised with an organized religion, but it's definitely interesting. Part of my job as an actor that is so great, is that I get to read and learn about all different walks and types of life and different ways of thinking and it certainly makes me more open minded.

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Trivia (22)

  • Hilary attended but dropped out of South Pasadena High School in South Pasadena, California. She also studied at Santa Monica College.

  • Hilary was an athletic young girl and competed in the Junior Olympics. She was ranked fifth in the state of Washington in all-around gymnastics.

  • Hilary won the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry over 300 other girls over a course of a three-year selection process. She earned a meager $3,000.00 for the movie.

  • As preparation for her role as a boxer in Million Dollar Baby, Hilary had to undergo three months of intensive physical training and had to take in about 210 grams of protein per day. She had a steady diet of protein shakes, egg whites, and flax oil and almost died of blood poisoning.

  • Hilary grew up in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington. When they first moved to Los Angeles, Hilary and her mother lived in a car for two weeks before a friend offered for them to sleep in the house they are selling. They slept in air mattresses at night and had to leave in the morning.

  • When she was about six years old, Hilary's dream was to become an astronaut when she grew up. She wanted to become an actress at age nine.

  • Hilary's other film credits include Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996), Dying to Belong (1997), and The Black Dahlia (2006).

  • Hilary's parents are Stephen, salesman, and Judy, a secretary. He was the sister-in-law of actor Rob Lowe.

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