Hilary Swank has won several awards, including two Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild Award and two Academy Awards for Best Actress, in 2000 and 2005 respectively for the films Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby.
Only few actors has won more Oscars: Katharine Hepburn (4), Meryl Streep (3), Jack Nicholson (3), Ingrid Bergman (3), Daniel Day-Lewis (3) and Walter Brennan (3). Among them, Hilary is for sure the sexiest.
In 1992 Hilary Swank recites in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (from which the famous TV series will be subsequently treated), playing one of the Slayer’s best friends.
In 1994 she was the protagonist of Karate Kid IV.
In September 1997, she was given the role of single mother Carly Reynolds in Beverly Hills, 90210. Initially, she was told that it would be a role she would retain for two seasons, but her character was removed from the series after just 16 episodes in January of 1998.
Subsequently, Hilary Swank will declare that the event had greatly discouraged her: If I’m not good enough for 90210 I’m not for anything else. In fact, the dismissal turned out to be a stroke of luck for the young actress, as she gave her the opportunity to attend the audition for the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry, which she won. For the film, Swank had to lose a lot of fat mass in order to play in the ideal physical conditions for her role. Her performance in Boys Don’t Cry was reputed by many critics as the best female interpretation of 1999.
In fact, shortly after the role won her both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Actress. Another Oscar, always for the best role as a protagonist, will arrive in 2005 with Million Dollar Baby, a film directed the year before by Clint Eastwood, where she plays the role of a boxer. The film, which also saw the cast Morgan Freeman (he will win the Oscar as best actor not protagonist, as indeed Eastwood for directing), despite the criticism of the way in which it addressed the theme of euthanasia, will collect a huge critical success.
The role in Million Dollar Baby will require Swank to support a hard training, strengthened by 19 pounds (about 9 kg), to better interpret the sports and strong protagonist. Oscar-winning success included her name alongside that of celebrities from the past such as Vivien Leigh, Helen Hayes, Sally Field and Luise Rainer, who managed to win the coveted statuette (best female lead) both times when they received the nominations. Swank was also the third youngest actress ever to win two Oscars for Best Actress.
Hilary Swank, in a few years, became one of Hollywood’s most sought after and famous actresses: in those years she declared: “I do not know what I have done in my life to deserve all of this. I’m just a girl who lived in a parking lot and had a dream”. It should be noted that Swank received only $ 75 a day, for a total of $ 3,000, for her part in Boys Don’t Cry; it is even said that her salary was so low that the actress could not even afford an insurance for her health.
During 2007 Hilary Swank acted in P.S. I Love You, in the horror The Reaping and in Freedom Writers, a dramatic work released in which she plays the role of a teacher and of which she is executive producer.
On Monday, January 8, 2007, Swank received a star on the Sidewalk of the Stars, the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is number 2325.
February 28, 2006, it was announced that Swank had signed a three-year contract “as a muse and a reference figure for the new women’s perfume by Guerlain, which would be launched later”.
On September 28, 1997 she married actor Chad Lowe, known in 1992 on the set of Quiet Days in Hollywood. In the awarding speech for her first Oscar in 2000, Swank forgot to thank her husband; afterwards the actress used almost every public exit to try to make up for the mistake. In 2005, when she was given her second Oscar, Lowe was the first person to be thanked. In January 2006, the two separated and, despite many interviews Swank had declared to want to reconcile with her husband, in May of the same year the two announced the divorce.
In June 2016 she interrupted her relationship with her tennis teacher Rubén Torres, which had lasted for about a year.
Hilary Swank was born Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S. July 30, 1974. She has also starred in films such as The Gift (2000), Insomnia (2002), Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Red Dust (2004) and The Homesman (2014).