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2018 French Open : Day Fifteen

Hilary Swank got the VIP treatment as she arrived at the French Open 2018 Men’s Final on Sunday in Paris. The Oscar winner, 43, dressed in a sporty style for the highlight of the tennis season, as she posed with fellow fan Woody Harrelson. The Million Dollar Baby star looked chic in her pale pink polo shirt teamed with tight white jeans. She kept comfy in a pair of studded flat sandals and accessorised with a smart trilby-style hat.

– Out & About 2018 French Open – June 10 2018

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2018 French Open : Day Fourteen

Hilary Swank and her beau Philip Schneider took in all the excitement of the Women’s Final of the French Tennis Open in Paris on Saturday. In the spirit of the occasion the 43-year-old actress wore her ‘tennis whites’ – a little white, knee-length dress that she tied at the waist. The couple, who have been together for a year, were at the Roland Garros Stadium in the French capital to see American Sloane Stephens, 25, take on Simona Halep of Romania, 26.

– Out & About 2018 French Open – June 9 2018

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2018 SCAD Savannah Commencement

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) welcomed two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank to address SCAD’s largest graduating class on Friday, June 1.

“The world got to know Hilary Swank through her Academy Award-winning roles that touched our souls and lifted our spirits,” said SCAD Founder and President Paula Wallace, “but it’s her multifaceted career – that has expanded into producing and entrepreneurship – that makes her an ideal role model for our multi-talented graduates of the Class of 2018.”

Swank addressed graduates at two ceremonies, one at 9 a.m. and one at 2 p.m., and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters before telling graduates, “Make a choice. Make it happen…All that matters is that you make choices every single day to work toward your dream.” She went on to say, “Don’t worry about how fast or slow you’re going compared to others. Speed doesn’t matter. It’s how present you are in each moment that matters…Any path you choose will likely be long and full of ups and downs, so choose the one that brings you the most joy and makes you feel most alive. And then pursue that goal with all the grit, passion and determination you can muster.”

Swank’s career as an actress, producer, and fashion designer resonates with the more than 100 degree programs offered at SCAD, including film and television, cinema studies, fashion, and luxury fashion and management.

– Miscellaneous 2018 SCAD Savannah commencement ceremonies

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An episode with Hilary Swank: ‘I never watched television, not even as a kid’

Dominic Corry talks to double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank about her role as Gail Getty and other brave, strong women.

How did you approach the role of Gail Getty?

I don’t think there could be anything worse than your son [John Paul] being kidnapped because of the ideas of all that can happen, including death at any moment and, so, living in that constant horror … also I think that any parent has the fear or the feeling of “What’s my responsibility in this?” Any time that something happens and your child falls into some type of trouble, you think “What did I do to make that happen?”

Were you familiar with this story before you took on the role?
I didn’t know a lot about the Gettys until writer Simon Beaufoy gave me the books that he did his research on. So I was learning as we went along.

How about in terms of offers you’ve been getting?

I’ve played women with great depth, they’re really brave and they find their strength. I find that the women I’ve played have helped make me a deeper woman, and so I’m grateful for all those opportunities. I can’t complain but I think it’s slim pickings … when you think of the percentage of scripts that I get, a lot are male-heavy. Maybe there is a shift that’s occurring in that women are stepping in together to just be more solid in their shoes and to be speaking up about things that are important to them, and there are men supporting that. So I think it’s a really exciting time.

Working in TV now must feel very different to when you were on Beverly Hills 90210?

Little bit. Television is taking a lot of risks that movies don’t anymore, because they don’t have to worry about making their money back in the same way. For me, it was almost like doing an extended movie. In a two-hour movie, you say: here’s the character, getting to know her, then here’s the breaking point, here’s the get-up point, here’s some levity and wrap it up. In something that’s extended like this, you get to really play within all of those fields in a lot of depth, which is so human, it’s so nice to explore the gradations of those feelings and of those emotions.

Do you think television is serving female characters better than movies?
Maybe. I’m not really the one to ask. I don’t own a television. I’m not really an avid television watcher, and that’s obviously stupid of me because I’ve been told that that’s where all the great writing is and all the quality stuff I should be watching is and that I’d be getting a lot of joy from it. So I guess it’s time to change that and catch up. I have a lot of binge-watching to do.

Why did you give up your TV, if you ever had one?

I never watched television, not even as a kid. I don’t like to be inside, I don’t like it. I love being outdoors, I love being active, so for me the idea of going to a movie theatre is outside, and then I sit inside for a couple of hours and then I leave. I don’t even sit in my own house and do much there. It’s not that I’m not interested by the ideas that are on television. It’s just that sitting anywhere for too long isn’t interesting to me.

What is your earliest memory of television?

My parents owned a television so I do remember watching what I called “Walt Digsny” because I didn’t know how to say Disney … I remember watching some old Mickey Mouse things at a really young age.

So did the desire to act come purely from going to the movies?

The idea to act came from watching, yes, movies like The Elephant Man and The Miracle Worker and The Wizard of Oz, and seeing these characters who were feeling things that I was feeling. As a kid, you go to school and you think everyone’s happy, and that sometimes if you’re not, that something’s wrong with you. So if you see characters in movies feeling different types of emotions that you feel, you immediately have a connection. Exploring people is super interesting to me. My life has been so enriched by the characters that I’ve been so blessed to play, because it blows open my blinders of how I see the world – and that’s what I love about movies and stories.


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For Your Consideration Event For FX’s “Trust

Hilary attended the For Your Consideration Red Carpet Event for FX’s “Trust” at the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy on May 11, 2018 in North Hollywood. She was joined by Donald Sutherland, Brendan Fraser, and Harris Dickinson.

– Events For Your Consideration Event For FX’s ‘Trust – May 11 2018

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How #HilarySwank Built A Modern Fashion Brand For The Modern Woman

Like many successful entrepreneurs, Hilary Swank is a doer. She solves problems rather than struggling through them. And the issue she’s fixing in this particular instance, is how women with busy lifestyles can navigate through every aspect of their day, from workouts to business meetings to social engagements, without having to change multiple times or just appear to be wearing fancy gym clothes. So the actress, producer and now founder, launched Mission Statement, a new line of luxe leisure clothing that merges high fashion and high performance.

The first time I met Swank she was showcasing the collection at a trunk show in New York. Friendly, relaxed and confident and wearing a dress from the collection, she looked like the living embodiment of Mission Statement’s goals, a successful woman whose outfit could easily transition from day to night. She explained that she’d picked the brand’s name because she wanted the line to truly support women’s ambitions and help them live out their own personal mission statements.

We talked a second time by phone from Los Angeles where she shared more about her inspiration for the line. Tired of the daily inconvenience of having to constantly change and even pack an extra bag in order to move comfortably through a typical day, she decided a new approach was needed. “I realized I wasn’t alone in this challenge and felt strongly that women and their activities were being so stereotyped and restricted.”

So Swank did her research and eventually assembled a small handpicked team of experts, all of whom saw the same white space in the market and what she calls “a very viable niche for a line that not only performs but meets the highest levels of taste.” Continue reading How #HilarySwank Built A Modern Fashion Brand For The Modern Woman