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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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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

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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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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

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Trust Bosses Have Three-Season Plan for FX Getty Drama

Danny Boyle and creator Simon Beaufoy say they have much more Getty family saga to mine after the infamous kidnapping story of John Paul Getty III.
The kidnapping of John Paul Getty III is a famous story, but it hasn’t been told the way FX’s new drama Trust will show — and the team behind the series says there’s much more to tell when it comes to the Getty family saga.

“Way, way back, we envisioned this as a five-season series,” exec producer Danny Boyle, who also directs the first three episodes, tells The Hollywood Reporter of his and creator Simon Beaufoy’s plan of bringing the Gettys to FX. “Then they rationalized it — and intensified it — down to three.”

Trust is inspired by the actual events surrounding the disappearance of the teen grandson to J. Paul Getty Sr. (played by Donald Sutherland) and heir to the Getty oil fortune, and takes place in 1973. During the course of 10 episodes, the drama will take a deep dive into the complex kidnapping and the reasons why the richest man in the world refused to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom, which he could certainly afford, in order to return his grandson to safety. Continue reading Trust Bosses Have Three-Season Plan for FX Getty Drama

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Hilary Swank had Trust in returning to work

Hilary Swank apologizes for being late for the interview as she and the publicist for the FX series “Trust” took a wrong turn down a hotel corridor. It’s an understandable mistake, especially when you factor in that it has been a few years since the Oscar-winning actress has been part of any kind of promotional press for a project.

“I took care of my dad who had a lung transplant, which is the hardest thing you can undergo. My dad is doing great now, but it was three really tough years. So, I took three years off and so 2017 is my year of getting back into work,” Swank says. “I did two movies and one TV show in a year.”

The films were “Logan Lucky” and “55 Steps,” while the TV production is “Trust,” a series inspired by true events that examines the trials of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys. The series mixes equal parts family history, dynastic saga and an examination of the corrosive power of money at the heart of every family, rich or poor.

The series begins in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson), an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome. His captors banked on a multi-million-dollar ransom. What they discovered was Getty was not prepared to pay a dime without a lengthy negotiation process. Continue reading Hilary Swank had Trust in returning to work

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The Trust Equation: Wealth and Power Equals Misery

“Money. Sex. Violence. Kidnapping.”

Donald Sutherland, looking meditative over breakfast at an upscale diner here in late January, was contemplating a question: Why were people suddenly fascinated by the Getty family and what happened to them in 1973? How, he added, “did this family who had so much success also have so much failure?”

Mr. Sutherland plays the billionaire J. Paul Getty in the new FX series “Trust,” which debuts on March 25. Like Ridley Scott’s recent movie, “All the Money in the World,” the first season of the show — three different season-long stories about the Gettys are planned — deals with the 1973 kidnapping of the patriarch’s teenage grandson, John Paul Getty III, and the concatenation of family tensions around money and power that frames the event.

“There is an ecosystem around it which is as extraordinary as the kidnapping itself,” said Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours”), who directed the first three episodes and is an executive producer on the show alongside the producer Christian Colson and the writer Simon Beaufoy. “An amazingly compelling world emerged out of the research.”
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Hilary Swank, Diego Maradona, Martina Hingis to attend Pakistan Day event

The Pakistan Army spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, on Wednesday said Pakistan was synonymous with peace and shall be safeguarded at all costs.

In a message on a social site about the upcoming Pakistan Day on March 23, the Inter-Services Public Relations director general shared a video and stated that the nation was preparing to celebrate the 78th Pakistan Day in a befitting manner. Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of Lahore Resolution, under which a separate nation for the Muslims of the British Indian empire demanded by Muslim League was passed on March 23, 1940.

Every year the nation celebrates the day with extraordinary zeal. The armed forces of the country also hold a parade in Islamabad to mark the occasion. According to reports, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa will host a dinner on 23rd March to commemorate the day at a local five-star hotel in which international celebrities will also take part.

The guests include Argentina’s legendary footballer Diego Armando Maradona, former German tennis player Boris Becker, German footballer Lothar Herbert Matthäus, Hollywood actresses Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Swank, Rosanna Davison (Miss World 2003), Ndaba Mandela (grandson of Mandela), actor Sean Stone, Hollywood director Oliver Stone, and former Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis. American singer Shakira is sick and will attend the event if she gets well.

Source: https://www.thenews.com.pk

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Hilary Swank On Family Dysfunction In ‘What They Had’

“There were so many reasons I felt compelled to tell the story,” first-time director Elizabeth Chomko said of her film What They Had at Deadline’s Sundance Studio, “but the biggest one, I think, especially in hindsight, is the awareness that memories are a gift and that they’re precious.”

Memory loss is a key tenet in Chomko’s film, which she also wrote. The story follows a family dealing with the fallout of its matriarch’s descent into Alzheimer’s as estranged siblings Nick (Michael Shannon) and Bridget (Hilary Swank) are forced back together to make some difficult decisions about their parent’s future.

Speaking alongside Chomko were castmembers Shannon, Swank, Taissa Farmiga and Blythe Danner, who plays the dementia-stricken Ruth.

“The film is about a lot of things,” Chomko added, “but it’s certainly about coming of age at every stage of life and loving and letting go.”

Describing his character as “not quite sure of his place in the world,” Shannon said, “The one thing he’s very devoted to is his family and his parents and he’s kind of stayed behind and kept an eye on them.”

Conversely, Swank’s character seems at first glance to have it all together with her marriage and children, but inside she’s overstretched. “She’s holding herself together,” said Swank. “I think it’s really the plight of many women, because by nature we’re nurturers, and we give and we give and we give and sometimes it’s to the point where it’s not to our best interests.”

In essence, What They Had is a story of a normal family, with all the nuance inherent in that. “There’s a lot of stuff at play here,” Swank said. “There’s a lot of onion layers, there’s dysfunction, which there is in life, in every single family.”

Source: http://deadline.com/