Hilary Swank Returns to the Big Screen

After a three-year break from acting, Hilary Swank is back on the big screen. Her new role as an FBI investigator in the comic action film “Logan Lucky,” directed by Steven Soderbergh, is her first appearance in a movie since she went on hiatus to take full-time care of her father, who was diagnosed with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“When you walk away from that one thing that defines you, you say…‘I’m so much more than that,’ ” she says. “I’m a woman. I’m a daughter. I have other ambitions.”

A two-time Academy Award winner for her performances as a transgender teen in “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999) and a boxer in “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), Ms. Swank, 43, plays a dogged detective in her latest. In the film, she tries to track down the thieves who took cash from a Nascar raceway.

She is known for portraying tough characters. “I like strong people, people who really stand for something and have backbones,” she says. “I’m drawn to people who are underdogs, who have to be strong, maybe because of my own circumstances.”

Ms. Swank grew up in a trailer park in Bellingham, Wash., where her mother was an executive assistant and her father was a chief master sergeant in the Washington Air National Guard.Read More

Hilary Swank Is Poised to Become the Next Great Lifestyle Guru

These days, being just an actress doesn’t cut it—even if you’re a really, really good one. Hollywood 2.0 is all about the side hustle, whether it’s opening a restaurant, investing in a promising tech startup, or, in Hilary Swank’s case, launching a clothing line that reimagines one of the biggest fashion trends in recent years.

Late last year, the Oscar-winning actress joined the ranks of stars-turned-lifestyle gurus like Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Ellen DeGeneres and introduced Mission Statement, an activewear brand that redefines athleisure with pieces that you can wear to the gym and beyond. “I couldn’t find anything to address my needs as a modern woman juggling a million different things,” Swank recently told InStyle. “So I decided to make it myself.” Here, more from Swank about her label and burgeoning lifestyle empire.Read More

Hilary heard about 2 shelter dogs in need and stepped right in to help

Two puppies have gone from a busy rural animal shelter to living with two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank — who heard they needed a place to stay, and went and offered up her home.

Emily Gear was pretty convinced the email was a prank.

n her mind, there was no way the 42-year-old actress was getting in touch out of the blue to say she wanted to foster a couple of Gear’s rescue puppies.

Gear is founder of Louie’s Legacy, a New York- and Ohio-based nonprofit that gets dogs and cats out of shelters and places them in loving temporary foster homes until they can be adopted.

Two puppies from a shelter in West Virginia were coming into the group. A call was put out for a foster.

You never know who will step up in such a situation. Still, it was a real surprise when Swank — or, as Gear thought at the time, “Hilary Swank” — sent a message.

At first, Gear tells TODAY, “we weren’t sure it was real.”

But the evidence was quite convincing. Soon Gear found herself chatting with Swank about her longtime commitment to animal welfare, her foundation that brings kids and rescue pets together — and then, finally, the logistics of getting these lucky puppies out to California.

Last weekend, Mulder and Scully were flown out by two volunteers, who kept them in the cabin as — Gear’s description — “carry-on pups.”

Swank has been updating Gear on a daily basis ever since. She says the puppies are settling right in to their fantastic new Los Angeles lifestyle.

Swank takes them out hiking, and they have started working with a trainer.

“They are doing great and she has nothing but good things to say about them,” said Gear — adding that Swank’s intention is to adopt one puppy and find another home for the other, but “she says she has no idea how she will choose!”

Source: http://www.today.com/

Hilary Swank talked to Sakara Life about the story behind Mission Statement

Can you tell us a little bit about what makes Mission Statement special and why you created this brand?

Hilary Swank: Well, first of all, it is the first ever cross-over brand. In this world where I think people are, you know, fanatics about the ath-leisure-wear, I think it has gone as far as it can. I feel like it needed to be taken to the next step, which is to have high performance fabrics that are also high luxury. You can go from the gym into your day without looking like you are in your workout clothes. I needed that. Every woman I know around me needed that and I couldn’t find it. So, I created it.

Another part of Mission Statement is about women supporting women. There’s this wave right now, and it is so beautiful, of women coming to work together for the betterment of women. And that hasn’t happened since 1920, since women were really working hard together for the right to vote. And I think that before all of that happened, my underlying purpose of Mission Statement was to encourage women to take an hour for themselves every day to work towards their own personal mission statement. And to me, it’s so important to encourage that in other women because a lot of the time we’re living our life the way someone else has envisioned it. It’s about getting reacquainted with what we want to do in our lives, and working towards it every day. I say, ‘make a choice, make it happen’.Read More

Hilary Swank’s Morning Routine Sounds Really Great, Actually

I don’t wash my face in the morning. I put my sunscreen on and I go. I only wash it at night. But I never go to bed without washing my face. When I wake up, I go to the bathroom, put on sunscreen, then I go to the gym or the tennis court or I go on a hike with my dogs. I don’t wake up and shower. I grew up playing sports so for me, exercise is like braiding hair. I was a gymnast, a swimmer, I played basketball. But swimming was really my thing. Now I do weights too — more resistance training because I find that that’s one of the best ways to keep calcium in your bones and to stay flexible. My arms are still quite big from Million Dollar Baby.Read More

Hilary Swank on launching a luxury brand: ‘It’s been such a learning curve’

For Hilary Swank, launching her line of high-performance luxury apparel was a crash course in starting and running a business. She learned every detail, down to the time you’re allowed to hold someone’s credit card number online before you have to reach out and ask for it again.
“Anytime you have hindsight, when you see something in its whole, you want another chance,” said Swank, on what most threw her for a loop when starting a business. “For instance, we launched in October, but didn’t even have the product yet — so we had demand, but a 12-week lead time. Maybe we got ahead of ourselves.”Read More

Hilary Swank on Hollywood’s Pay Gap, Excessive Emails, and Athleisure

When she sits down with Yahoo Style’s very own Joe Zee, two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank talks about her first time on the big screen in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, dishes on how many unread emails she has (spoiler alert: It’s over 10,000), and spills the beans on her new athleisure line, Mission Statement. All that, plus her take on the gender pay gap in Hollywood and her true feelings on fruit water. Check out what else happened when Hilary Yahoo’d herself!


Hilary Swank Joins Danny Boyle’s FX Limited Series ‘Trust’

Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has been cast in a leading role in the upcoming FX limited series “Trust,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank will star as Gail Getty, mother of the kidnapped John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. It is left to her to pay her son’s multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she is broke.

The role marks Swank first TV role since the late 1990’s, when she appeared on such shows as “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Leaving LA,” and “Camp Wilder.” Since then, she has forged an impressive film career, winning Oscars for both “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005 and “Boys Don’t Cry” in 2000. She also won Golden Globes for both films, and was also nominated for a Globe for her role in the TV movie “Iron Jawed Angels.”

Swank will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky“ opposite Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and “55 Steps” with Helena Bonham Carter and Jeffrey Tambor. She is repped by WME and attorney Jeffrey Bernstein.

The first installment of the series is set to debut on FX in January 2018. Swank joins a cast that includes Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty, the great oil man and founder of the Getty family dynasty.

The 10-episode first installment of “Trust” is set in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a huge ransom. The series charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate. Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. His grandfather is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion. Only his mother Gail is left to negotiate with increasingly desperate kidnappers.

The series is being executive produced by Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson. Written by Beaufoy and directed by Boyle, the first installment will be produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited.

Production will begin in June in London and Rome.

Source: http://variety.com

Hilary Swank’s Mission Statement is a preview of athleisure’s next phase

With Mission Statement, her line of chic “high-performance” apparel that launched in October, Hilary Swank — yes, the two-time Oscar-winning actress — is onto something.

She’s not the first celebrity to launch a collection in the space popularly known as athleisure: Beyoncé has Ivy Park, Kate Hudson has Fabletics, Carrie Underwood has Calia — and that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. And, though noteworthy, the fact that she’s setting a precedent for celebs linked with lines (many of whom are cool with contributing their name and calling it a day) is just icing on the cake. (“I’m doing everything,” she said, regarding the business side of Mission Statement, during a recent call from L.A.)

What the brand really has going for it is that it backs two trends that are on the upswing in the athleisure market: a lifestyle component and a look that skews more “ready-to-wear” than “yoga-ready.”Read More