Garance chats with Hilary Swank in a new #PMF.

This interview with Hilary Swank is one of those conversations where after five minutes, you notice the whole team sitting in a circle, taking in every single word. This is what happens when someone talks with such authenticity and honesty, you become totally mesmerized. It’s also probably part of what makes Hilary such a wonderful actress and such a magnetic person – impossible not to love.

Today we talk about her early years growing up in a trailer park and playing competitive sports, both of which instilled a work ethic and confidence in herself that would push her to become one the most respected actresses in Hollywood. She recently launched Mission Statement, a clothing collection that combines high performance and fashion, and I wanted to know more about that venture. We laughed, we cried, and we went deep! I hope you’ll love this Pardon My French episode as much as I do!

On making the most of our time…
I really feel we have to step into our life every single day and be disciplined about what’s important to us and not put off tomorrow what you can do today. And I know it sounds so cliché, but it’s so true.

On her mantra…
I don’t want to have regrets. I don’t want to be on my death bed saying, oh, I wish I would have, I wish I would have. I think about what those things are for me and every single day, I take a step forward into making those happen. Whether it’s something that seems small or something that seems big. So my mantra is, make a choice, make it happen.

On the benefits of playing sports…
I think it makes you realize your body is more than what the world will tell you a woman’s body is here for. You realize your strengths and how that work ethic, due diligence and work you put into your sports, you carry all that into your daily life. And you realize your mind is your biggest obstacle and to push through that and not let that be something that holds you back.

On how long she can go without working out…
If I go a week, I am not a person you want to be around! I get ornery and a little pokey, just a little off and I don’t feel good. I feel sluggish and I don’t like it. It doesn’t have to be an hour everyday, it can be 20 minutes, or a really brisk stroll, or a nice long walk. It can be simple and doesn’t have to be hard. You don’t have to kill yourself every time you workout to achieve something. It’s not about that.

On why she’s open and honest about her past..
What inspires me are people who persevere through adversity. And I think it’s so important that we share what our struggles were because it makes us feel less alone in our own.

On comparing yourself to others…
If I am in a place where I’m comparing myself, it’s the quickest way to not feel good about yourself. That is someone else’s journey. It’s ok to say things like, that person has achieved this and I look up to that and that’s something I want to achieve, and if that makes you work harder, that’s healthy.

On what she does in her free time…
When I do have time off, I go to the shelter and I’ll either adopt a dog and find a foster home for it or I’ll just go in and I’ll love on dogs.

On why she calls her new line “aesthetic-wear” instead of athleisure….
Instead of calling it athleisure, I call it aesthetic-wear because it’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I have Mission Statement on right now, so not everything is necessarily for a workout. You can travel in it, wear it to the office without working out, or wear it to dinner.

On wanting to achieve more…
People say to me, you’ve won two Academy Awards and you can sit back and relax and I think, NO! There is so much more I want to tap into. I feel like I have so much more to achieve and not even winning awards! I want to go deeper and further and I don’t ever want to rest on my laurels and say, yeah that’s enough. I’m 42 years old. I feel like I’ve just entered my second act!

On how she came up with the name, Mission Statement…
I was trying to come up with names and my co-founder said to me, you have to really think in building this and going around to have people align with you to help you, what your mission statement is. And I was like, that’s it!! And he’s like, yeah, you have to do that, and I said, NO NO, that’s it! That’s the name!

On having parrots as pets…
They are very smart and can give affection, but they are very choosey and picky about who they give affection to. There’s always a little bit of wildness in them. They can be like, I like you now, but in another moment like, hey, get off me!

Source: http://www.garancedore.com

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