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#CNILux Day 1: Hilary Swank’s Vision of Active Luxury

When two-time Oscar-winning actress and producer Hilary Swank couldn’t find the clothing that met her lifestyle needs (red-eye flights, red carpets, back-to-back meetings), she designed it herself. After years of perfecting the concept – a collection of supportive, luxury leisure wear for women, by women – Mission Statement was born in the autumn of 2016.

At the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference, she told Suzy Menkes how she balances the technological advances in sportswear with luxurious comfort to give her business an edge in the ever-competitive active wear industry.

“I felt like myself and every modern-day woman, who does everything, didn’t have clothes that supported her and performed with her,” she explained. “Athleisure has gone as far as it can and it doesn’t feel ethical…. Customers can sense authenticity; it’s a universal language.”

It has taken the grit she shows on screen as an actor to get Mission Statement off the ground, but the language of an actor and a designer, she said, are surprisingly similar. “With TV you start with an idea, find someone to write a script and then get artisans to produce it – that analogy works with fashion.”

Swank has been selling her functional pieces for a year, and is still immersed in every single detail of her passion project: “I’m acting CEO and co-designer. I’ve been to every single factory (five in Italy and two in Portugal). I don’t have weekends, I have another day job, but I love working hard and collaborating with people who encourage me to think bigger.” Continue reading #CNILux Day 1: Hilary Swank’s Vision of Active Luxury

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Trust Star Hilary Swank on Her Belief that Money Can’t Solve All Your Problems

Mast fall the story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III was told in the film All the Money in the World, which earned Christopher Plummer an Oscar nomination for his performance as J. Paul Getty Sr.

And as so often happens in the entertainment industry, FX was concurrently developing its own project about the Getty family and the 1973 kidnapping of its young scion and heir to the family fortune, Trust.

The advantage of Trust with its 10-episode season, is it is more fully able to delve into the true-life events of one of America’s wealthiest families and the shocking development in the case when J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland) refused to pay a single cent to obtain his grandson’s release.

Last week on Trust, that news led to unforeseen consequences in Italy. So, on Sunday night’s episode, Paul (Harris Dickinson) gets to know his captors, while Primo (Luca Marinelli), one of the kidnappers, opens a channel of communication with Paul’s mother Gail (Hilary Swank), who, while willing to pay for her son’s release, doesn’t have the funds as she walked away with no cash when she divorced Paul’s father in order to keep custody of her children.

Parade.com spoke to Swank about her take on this event in the life of the Getty family and what she would do if she had Getty-like money. Continue reading Trust Star Hilary Swank on Her Belief that Money Can’t Solve All Your Problems

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Los Angeles Confidential Magazine Women Of Influence Event

Hilary Swank attends Los Angeles Confidential magazine celebrates its Women of Influence issue with cover star Hilary Swank at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for

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Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank returns to TV in FX’s Trust

The question makes two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank blush.

“You were fired from ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’?”

Wait, wait. Let her explain. About 20 years ago, Swank joined Fox’s popular young adult drama that had already made mega-celebrities of its cast members, including Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty. She played cash-strapped single mom Carly Reynolds, the love interest to perpetually immature Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering).

But roughly half-way into her first season — the show’s eighth — she got called in for a meeting by producers.

“They were like, ‘Look, it’s not working,” Swank recalls on a recent afternoon. “And I couldn’t move. I was like, ‘What’s not working? Me? Am I bad? I’m not working because I’m bad?’”

It turns out that fans had written in saying they preferred Steve unattached. “I … yeah,” Swank says, still finding it hard to put her befuddlement into words.

What happened next, of course, is a crowning example of everything happening for a reason. The hurt over her unceremonious firing evaporated a few months later when she was cast in “Boys Don’t Cry” as real-life transgender man Brandon Teena who was raped and murdered in 1993. The 1999 film earned her a lead actress Oscar, launching a career that included a second lead actress Oscar in 2004 for “Million Dollar Baby,” making her “90210’s most decorated veteran — even if her film résumé has been uneven. Continue reading Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank returns to TV in FX’s Trust